Teacher Professional Development





Teacher Professional Development Courses

The Education Department at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden offers several professional development courses to teachers in Miami-Dade county.  The classes focus on botany, ecology and South Florida natural history, and are designed to increase teachers' knowledge and understanding of the importance of plants, plant uses, and habitat conservation. Workshops are conducted using a combination of discussion and hands-on activities, and teachers are provided with materials, resources and curriculum activities to implement in their classrooms. Fairchild works closely with the Miami-Dade County Public School system to make these professional development courses available.

To register, please visit http://calendar.dadeschools.net/.
For more information, contact Kiki Mutis at kmutis@fairchildgarden.org or 305.669.4085.


2014-2015 Professional Development Workshop Schedule 

Using Fairchild in Your Curriculum - September 25, 2014
Learn how to use Fairchild’s plant collections, educational programs and other resources to enhance your student’s multidisciplinary learning across the curriculum.

School Garden Workshop - September 27, 2014 and January 10, 2015
Learn the basics of planning, designing, implementing and integrating school gardens and garden activities into the curriculum.

Flying WILD - October 4, 2014
Soar into environmental education using birds as the focus with practical hands-on activities connecting real-world experiences in bird biology, conservation and natural history.

South Florida Plants and Ecosystems - January 16, 2015
Explore SFL ecosystems inside and outside the classroom through a hands-on approach to understanding local ecology and conservation issues.

Linking Food & the Environment - February 7, 2015
This science-based nutrition curriculum teaches about national health goals while emphasizing the connection between food, land, environment and people.  

Ethnobotany - February 21, 2015
Explore the connection between plants and culture through a hands-on, interactive look at the cultural and economic value of plants and their importance in our lives.

Basic Botany - March 7, 2015
Learn the basics of roots, stems, leaves, flowers and fruit, with an emphasis on easy strategies to teach students about plant parts and functions.

Tropical Botany - June 15-26, 2015
Affectionately known as ‘Botany Bootcamp', this two-week intensive workshop will immerse teachers in plant anatomy, physiology, ecology and much more.


Downloadable Teaching Modules

2014-2015 Professional Development Flyer

last updated 08/2014