(made possible by generous support from our donors.)

2012-2013 Annual Report

Explorer Program
Explore the diversity of Fairchild with your elementary students!  Children and teachers enjoy interactive, hands-on field studies, a tour of our butterfly exhibit, and plant their own botanical souvenir. Learn more

Discovery Program
Facilitated activity stations serve as the focal point for a unique learning experience at Fairchild. Teachers use the Discovery stations as a basis to explore science, art and technology. Learn more

Adventure Program
Independent school and scout groups can use the Garden as an outdoor clasroom to implement their own curriculum, or can sign up to use one of our supplementary program modules with materials included. Learn more

PlantMobile Program 
Let the Garden come to your classroom, with four grade specific programs to choose from. Learn more

The Fairchild Challenge 
Designed for students of diverse interests, abilities, talents, and backgrounds, The Fairchild Challenge is Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden's environmental education outreach program for elementary, middle and high schools. Learn more
Homeschool Program
Homeschool groups can use the Garden as a living classroom as they participate in a day of stimulating guided activities that explore the diversity of plants. Learn more

Accredited teacher training includes one day workshops as well as intensive summer courses.
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Continuing Education (non-credit)
More than 150 classes highlight horticulture, conservation and the environment of South Florida as well as art, cuisine and natural history.  Learn more>>

Graduate Studies
Fairchild has graduate programs leading to M.S. and Ph.D degrees awarded by local universities, Florida International University and the University of Miami. Learn more>>

Research Seminars
Technical seminars (lectures) are presented occasionally by local and visiting scientists. These present recent research results in the botanical sciences and are free to students, enthusiasts and professionals.
Join Dr. Walter Judd, Distinguished Professor Emeritus from the Department of Biology at the University of Florida for Tropical Botany 2014. This 4-week college level course is an introduction to the plant life of the tropics and is accredited by Florida International University. Additional general information available here; Click here for the course syllabus. To register, please contact Dr. Judd at

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is actively involved in reaching out beyond garden walls to the citizens of Miami-Dade. Learn More>>

If you are interested in volunteering in the Fairchild's Education-Center for Teaching and Learning, please contact Arlene Ferris at 305.667.1651 x 3314. You may also send an email to  to find out more about becoming an Education-Center for Teaching and Learning volunteer.