Students explore the natural world through hands-on, inquiry-based activities, designed to intrigue and inspire while meeting benchmarks of state academic standards. Guided activities incorporate the use of GPS technology, maps and compasses as students navigate the Garden to find the activity stations. Take advantage of our complementary pre- and post-visit materials which will enhance the student's experience and retention of information learned during the field study.

Biomimicry-Designed by Nature, Tuesdays

Grades 6-8: How are deserts plants adapted to conserve and store water? How does recycling take place in a rainforst? Students will explore the answers to these questions as they learn about the adaptations and functions of desert and rainforest ecosystems. Based on their observations, students will create their own nature-inspired inventions and reflect on how they as individuals can reduce their resource consumption.
Biomimicry - Pre/Post Visit Activities

Grades 9-12: Students will use a systems thinking approach to learn about a variety of ecological functions in desert and rainforest ecosystems. Based on their observation of several ecological principles, students will work together in groups to design a water harvesting system and trash to treasure upcycling ideas. Students will reflect on how their discoveries in nature can be applied to both their individual activities, as well as to large-scale technology, to promote environmental sustainability
Biomimicry - Pre/Post Visit Activities

Symbiosis-Butterflies and Plants, Wednesdays

Grades 6-8: Students will investigate the interdependent relationship between butterflies and plants as they rotate through activity stations, each representing a stage in the insect life cycle. Through inquiry-based activities and direct observation, students will learn about the life stages of a butterfly, the importance of host and nectar plants, and how to identify several South Florida native plants and butterflies.

Grades 9-12: What do butterfly populations need to survive in a changing environment? Students will address this question as they learn about butterfly behavior, pollinator preference and the important relationship between butterflies and their habitat. Applying ecological concepts learned, students will create their own design of a native butterfly garden and reflect on what they can do to help conserve native butterfly populations.

Symbiosis - Pre/Post Visit Activities

Biodiversity: Cultivating Healthy Ecosystems, Fridays

Grades 6-8: Students will take an up-close look at some of the living and non-living features of ecosystems and discover various ways in which living beings contribute to the health of ecosystems. Using scientific methods and tools, students will learn how to measure biodiversity and record their observations. Critical thinking skills will be employed to brainstorm innovative solutions that promote biodiversity and conservation.  

Grades 9-12: Students will investigate the concepts of species richness and species interactions as they relate to ecosystem health. Using the same methods and technology that scientists use, students will explore various methods to monitor and measure biodiversity. Students will use critical-thinking skills to brainstorm innovative solutions to promote biodiversity, conservation and sustainability.

Biodiversity - Pre/Post Visit Activities

Discovery Intro Packet
Discovery Academic Standards

Program Costs and Registration

  • $8 per participating student
  • Maximum of 60 students per day
  • One adult is required per ten students; additional adults are not permitted 
  • Program runs from 10:00 a.m. through 1:00 p.m.
  • Accessible to students with special needs
  • For scheduling, please call 305.663.8094 or email education@fairchildgarden.org
  • Tour dates fill rapidly, make reservations early
  • Please refer to our Discovery program policies for further details
Questions? education@fairchildgarden.org