Homeschool Program 2018-2019  

Our homeschool guided programs are especially designed for children between the ages of 6-12 and include hands-on lessons where every child can see the world as Fairchild’s botanists do. 



Flying WILD: October 1st  and October 15th  2018` Soar into Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden using birds as the focus with hands-on activities connecting real-world experiences in bird biology, conservation and natural history.


Plants that Changed the World: November 5th and November 19th, 2018  Explore Fairchild’s collections and discover some of the amazing plants from faraway places that had an impact on our world. Participants will be amazed to discover that humans eat different plant parts, including the roots, stems, flowers and bark!


Plant Animal Interactions and Adaptations December 3rd and 17th, 2018 Plants and animals have evolved to have special kinds of relationships, often times depending on one another for their survival. On this journey, we will explore the special pollination of orchids and the Million Orchid Project!


South Florida Ecosystems and Invasive Species: January 7th and 21st, 2019  Explore South Florida ecosystems and the features that make them unique. Learn how to identify key native plant species in each habitat and participate in hands-on activities that will teach about South Florida’s unique tapestry of life. Learn about the uninvited threats to these fragile communities.


The Wonderful World of Insects: February 4th and 18th, 2019 Learn about the diverse world of insects, as participants investigate the interdependent relationship between insects and us. Become an entomologist for the day as we learn the importance of these six legged creatures and the different stages of the insect’s life cycle!


Tropical Rainforests and Deserts: March 4th and 18th, 2019  Take a journey with us as we explore the Desert and South Florida’s largest tropical rainforest exhibit. Through hands-on exploration, participants will learn about desert and rainforest plant adaptations, the resourcefulness of the rainforest people in mastering the use of these plants, and the diversity of the rainforest.

Cost:     $12 students,  $15 adults, $6.00 siblings (2-5 years old); 


Homeschool art classes with Hillary Parker


Join naturalist and botanical artist Hillary Parker for a series of fun and educational art classes focusing on the flora and fauna at Fairchild. Students engage their senses while developing keen observation skills, along with effective drawing and painting skills, as they explore the natural world throughout the Garden. The beautiful blooms, edible plants, reptiles, insects, and birds that inhabit our environment will be the focus as students respond visually to create art portfolios with drawings and watercolor paintings.

The Education Chikee will be our studio home base, where we will begin and end each class. These classes offer parents a great opportunity to take some time for themselves to wander and enjoy exploring the Gardens on their own, while the students work independently as a class with Hillary.

Designed specifically for children between the ages of 6-12   

Cost: $17.00/ session  (Includes $5 art supply fee for each student for each class).  You may register for one or all sessions. 


  • Monday January 7 @ 1:30 pm-3:30 pm
  • Wednesday January 16 @ 1:30 pm-3:30 pm Cancelled
  • Monday February 18 @ 1:30 pm-3:30 pm
  • Wednesday March 6 @ 1:30 pm-3:30 pm

Register Here The Art of Nature  

                please note that payment is non-refundable.

Times:  10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Space is limited therefore we do not accept walk-ins. To register, click here. For more information please call 305.663.8094 or email