Teacher Professional Development Courses

We offer 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 lecture, discussion, guided garden walks and hands-on activities. Teachers are provided with materials, resources and curriculum activities to implement in their classrooms. We work closely with the Miami-Dade County Public School system to make these professional development courses available.

To register, please visit mylearningplan.com

For more information, contact Kiki Mutis at kmutis@fairchildgarden.org or 305-667-1651 ext. 3330.

2018-2019 Professional Development Workshop Schedule  -

School Garden Workshop -  Saturday October 27th, 2018   Learn the basics of planning, designing, implementing and integrating school gardens and garden activities into the curriculum.    

South Florida Plants, Ecosystems and Invasive Species –  Saturday February 9th, 2019    Explore South Florida ecosystems inside and outside the classroom through a hands-on approach to understanding local ecology and conservation issues.  Learn about the threats that invasive species have on our environment..

Basic Botany –   Saturday March 16, 2019  Learn the basics of roots, stems, leaves, flowers and fruit, with an emphasis on easy strategies to teach students about plant parts and functions. 

Ethnobotany –  Friday (MDCPS teacher planning day) April 19th, 2019 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. 

Tropical BotanyJune 10th - 21st, 2019  Affectionately known as ‘Botany Bootcamp,' this two-week intensive workshop will immerse teachers in plant anatomy, physiology, ecology and much more. 

Downloadable Teaching Modules