“All my life it has seemed strange to me that the vast majority of human beings are content with only hearsay accounts of the wonders found “through the microscope.” “…a microscope will reveal wonders a thousand times more thrilling than anything which Alice saw through the looking-glass.” -Dr. David Fairchild, The World Was My Garden

Dr. Fairchild’s words are at the core of our Education Philosophy. It is our mission to give learners of all ages the inspiration, interests and opportunity to connect with their environment, appreciate the beauty and value of nature, and promote environmental literacy and stewardship. Using the environment as an integrating concept, we offer a diversity of award-winning programs for school-age students, credit and non-credit courses for university undergraduates and graduates, professional development for educators, and life-long learning opportunities for adults. These programs are the result of cooperative efforts, led by seasoned educators on staff and involving input from program volunteers, teachers, students, science and curriculum specialists, research and horticulture staff and dedicated community partnerships. See our 2014-2015 Education Annual Report.  

Student Programs (Pre-K – 12)  

Explorer Program (K - 5)
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 (6 – 12)
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 (Pre-K – 12) 
Independent school and scout groups can use the Garden as an outdoor classroom to implement their own curriculum, or can sign up to use one of our supplementary program modules with materials included. Learn more...

PlantMobile Program  (Pre-K – 12)
Let the Garden come to your classroom, with five grade-specific programs to choose from. Learn more...

The Fairchild Challenge (Pre-K – 12)
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...

BioTECH at Richmond Heights High School (9 – 12) 
Fairchild's newest initiative. The nations first STEM-based botany and zoology magnet high school in partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Learn more...

Homeschool Program (Ages 5 – 12)

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...

Teacher Professional Development and Resources

Accredited teacher training includes one-day workshops as well as intensive summer courses. Learn more...

Adult Education

We offer more than 150 classes that highlight  botany, horticulture, art, photography, cuisine, conservation, natural history, the South Florida environment and more! 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...

Volunteer at Fairchild

Learn how you can volunteer in any of our education programs. Learn more

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8/1/2016 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Mid-Summer Studio Watercolor Workshop

Join us for an inspiring mid-summer watercolor workshop that will help you take your work to a new level. This accomplished teacher will provide both demonstrations and targeted critiques that will motivate your creativity and hone your technical skills.
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8/2/2016 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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8/5/2016 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Plant ID Workshop

Do you have a plant in your garden that you aren't familiar with? Or, perhaps are looking to find out its origins and how it came to South Florida? If so, bring your specimen to Fairchild’s Herbarium and let our scientists uncover its secrets! Bring a cutting from your plant to Fairchild’s Herbarium team on the first Friday of every month at 1:00 p.m. and participate in our Plant Identification Workshop.

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8/9/2016 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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How to Use and Master Your Digital Interchangeable Lens DSLR (Single Lens Reflex) Camera

Now that you have purchased a full-featured advanced DSLR camera, how do you take advantage of its many features? This class will cover which lenses are best suited to your particular needs and how to take full advantage of their use.
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8/11/2016 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
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Using Snapseed: Editing Photos with Ease

One of the most powerful editing APPS is Snapseed. By using your iPhone or iPad students will learn to edit, apply filters, crop, spot repair and how to use “stacks” to create wonderful expressions in your photos by using Snapseed.
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8/27/2016 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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Early Morning Macro Life Photography

See the beauty of Fairchild up close and personal. The class will explore, discover and photograph the ecosystem at Fairchild by focusing on the small beautiful details in flowers, leaves and insects. Petals, pistils and stamens will be transformed into abstract works of art. Dragonflies, butterflies and caterpillars will become otherworldly sci-fi creatures. Your instructor will teach you how to use your equipment to capture the small wonders of the Garden.
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9/2/2016 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Plant ID Workshop

Do you have a plant in your garden that you aren't familiar with? Or, perhaps are looking to find out its origins and how it came to South Florida? If so, bring your specimen to Fairchild’s Herbarium and let our scientists uncover its secrets! Bring a cutting from your plant to Fairchild’s Herbarium team on the first Friday of every month at 1:00 p.m. and participate in our Plant Identification Workshop.

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9/6/2016 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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9/7/2016 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Illustration Workshop: Painting Butterflies in Watercolor

This class focuses on the accurate representation of butterflies using traditional illustration techniques. Students will be taught the basics of watercolor for doing butterfly illustration.
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