Fairchild is a great place to relax and spend the day with family and friends. Here at Fairchild, we want to make sure that learning is at the center of everything we do. And, we know that fun and engaging activities is the best way to learn. Our activities encourage learning through fun, interactive and truly hands-on experiences. 

Let's Explore at Fairchild (LEAF)

Let’s Explore at Fairchild (LEAF), a program for children and families, consists of themed activities ensuring that kids receive as broad a botanical learning experience as possible. The program takes place at The Learning Garden and is instructed by Fairchild staff and trained volunteers. Children have the option of rotating through various stations where they can work with crafts, play science-themed games, complete fun and educational worksheets, participate in planting activities, and more. 

LEAF is free for Fairchild Members and is included with Garden admission (for non-members). Registration is not required. It is open for children of all ages, but parents/guardians must accompany children at all times.

When:  Offered the second and fourth weekend, Saturdays and Sundays, September through May (except during festivals).
Where:  At The Learning Garden
Time:  10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Upcoming Dates
Please note that activities are subject to change. Please check at the information desk upon arrival.

Spring  2016:

Join us in our last session of the Season:

May 28 and 29: Summer Gardens

LEAF Resources

You can also print out our LEAF Explorer's Guide coloring leaflet. Make sure to check your printer's settings and use legal size paper and bring it with you when you visit!

Interested in creating an edible garden at home? Learn when to plant in South Florida with this user friendly guide.

From the Carnivorous Plants session, you can print our carnivorous plants coloring page.

Children’s Tram Tours


Don’t miss a special children’s tram offered in conjunction with our Let’s Explore at Fairchild program (LEAF), at 10:15 a.m.


We welcome groups!  If you are bringing a group of 20 guests or more, please call 305.667.1651 x 3366 or email ahartstack@fairchildgarden.org in order to enjoy a special group rate.  Group reservations are requested at least one week in advance.

Wings of the Tropics

Enjoy having hundreds of butterflies from all over the tropical world fluttering around you? Want to learn everything there is about these winged wonders? Then come to the Wings of the Tropics exhibit for an exciting and interactive learning experience that will make your kids beg you to bring them back. 

Do you know what a proboscis is? Did you know butterflies taste plants with their feet? What is the difference between a cocoon and a chrysalis? Our expertly-trained volunteers are ready to answer these questions and help you identify exotic butterflies from all over the world. 

Stop at the windows of the Vollmer Metamorphosis Lab and discover butterflies and moths transforming right before your eyes! Every visit will be different and you will learn about their complete life cycle. Here's a preview of what you'll be doing: Atala life cycle.

Stop by the Discovery Cart and participate in games such as the Butterfly Body Parts. If you have any questions don't doubt to ask one of the volunteers.

When:   Daily, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Where:  Loggia of the Wings of the Tropics exhibit

Want to keep learning about butterflies when you're home? Print out the Butterfly Bonanza coloring book.

Early-Bird Walks

Please remember to wear comfortable shoes, be ready for a 45 minute walk, and bring your binoculars! If you don't have a pair, you can borrow them from us. Visit the Information Desk at the Shehan Visitor Center upon arrival to borrow binoculars. Please note that this program is seasonal. 

When:  Back in Fall 2016  Time:  7:30  to 9:30 a.m. 
Where:  Departs from the South Entrance