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 305.667.1651 x 3330.


2013-2014 Professional Development Workshop Schedule 

School Garden Workshop - Learn the basics of planning, designing, implementing and integrating school gardens and garden activities into the curriculum. Oct. 5th and Jan. 11th

Exploring Fairchild’s Living Collections and Laboratories - Explore Fairchild’s plant collections while learning about biodiversity, biogeography, phytochemistry, anatomy, taxonomy, and ecology. Oct. 5

Flying WILD –  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. Oct. 12th

South Florida Plants and Ecosystems Explore SFL ecosystems inside and outside the classroom. The workshop provides a hands-on approach to understanding local ecology and conservation issues.Jan. 17th

Linking Food & the Environment Discover how to promote the national health goals for people to eat healthy diets and lead physically active lives. While emphasizing the strong connection between food, land, environment and people. Feb. 8th

Basic Botany Learn the basics of roots, stems, leaves, flowers and fruit, emphasizing easy strategies to teach students about plant parts and functions. Mar. 1st

Ethnobotany Relate to culture and plants through Ethnobotany, offering a hands-on, interactive approach to understanding the cultural and economic value of plants and their importance in our lives. Mar. 15th

Tropical Botany Immerse into this two-week intensive, hands-on, course covering anatomy, physiology and much more of the plant kingdom. The workshop is affectionately known as ‘Botany Bootcamp’.June 16th -27th

Downloadable Teaching Modules

2013-2014 Professional Development Flyer

last updated 8/13