Resources for Volunteers

Volunteer Core Classes

Volunteer Core Classes are required for all Volunteers and are offered twice yearly, in the Fall and the Spring. You are encouraged to take them as soon as you can. Upon completion, you will earn a Fairchild Ambassador Pin!  

For class dates and times, please check Volunteer Views.

Orientation Tours

Orientation tours are required for all newly assigned volunteers.  Weekday tours include a visit to the Herbarium and Nursery and are approximately two hours.  Saturday tours are one hour.  All tours begin at 10:00 a.m. and require approximately an half mile of walking. Accommodations can be made in advance for those requiring assistance.

Orientation tours begin at the South Gate Founders' Court Pool.

Registration is Required.  Please call 305-667-1651, ext. 3360 or email to register. 

Additional Classes

Basic Horticulture For Volunteers

Priority registration is given to volunteers working in horticulture, but classes are open to all volunteers.  All classes will be held on Wednesdays from 1:30-3:30 p.m.; classes may also take place outside so wear a hat and comfortable shoes.

Registration is Required.  Please call 305-667-1651, ext. 3360 or email to register.

Additional Resources

Training Materials: 
Chocolate Festival Volunteer Training
Cacao Handout for Volunteer Training
Tropical Rainforest LEAF Training

Art at Fairchild:
Harvest the Wind
Franca at Fairchild
Lee Adams

Suggested reading for all volunteers:

The Fairchild Tropical Garden: A Memoir
William Lyman Phillips, 1958.

The World Was My Garden: Travels of a Plant Explorer
David G. Fairchild, 1938.

Garden Islands of the Great East: Collecting Seeds from the Philippines and Netherlands India in the Junk 'Chêng Ho
David G. Fairchild, 1943.

The World Grows Round My Door; The Story of The Kampong, a Home on The Edge of the Tropics
David G. Fairchild, 1947.

Exploring for Plants
David G. Fairchild, 1930.