Education volunteers guide students of all ages on explorations of the Garden. Volunteers help students learn about the importance of plants and botany. Explorer program volunteers need to be available from 9:15 a.m to 1:15 p.m on the same weekday each week for the school year.
Volunteers guide groups of students in grades K-12 as they explore Fairchild together. The three programs, “Native Ecosystems”, “Rainforest”, and “Living Labs: Science at Fairchild” introduce students to botany basics, as students discover Fairchild’s world renowned plant collections. Volunteers work outdoors, as a part of a team, to guide students on a botanical adventure.
The Fairchild Challenge
Designed for students of diverse interests and talents, The Fairchild Challenge is an interdisciplinary competition for elementary, middle and high school students. Students become informed, engaged citizens as they earn points for their schools by participating in a wide range of environmental activities which may include designing and planting a school garden, participating in a debate on environmental issues, or creating art, poetry or music to celebrate the environment.
Beginning in 2015, Fairchild, in partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools and The University of Miami School of Architecture, Design Build Program, worked to transform an ADA-accessible, decommissioned yellow school bus into STEMLab - a state-of-the-art mobile botanical micropropgration laboratory. The lab was designed to provide the opportunity for middle schools students to actively contribute to Fairchild’s The Million Orchid Project by doing similar lab based techniques that our scientists do here at the Garden. Since schools don’t typically have the specialized equipment to conduct this research, we decided to bring it to them.
This fully functioning botany lab travels to South Florida middle schools, providing students with an opportunity to actively participate in meaningful STEM research with local conservation implications. By pairing with the award-winning The Fairchild Challenge and The Million Orchid Project, we are making this specialized lab equipment available to middle schools in the school district, teaching and reinforcing concepts in biology, chemistry, and environmental science. At the same time, the STEMLab will support the reintroduction of endangered orchid species throughout our region.
Volunteers are needed to help conduct programs and be a part of this project!
Interested in becoming an Education Volunteer? Please come to our next Volunteer Information Event to learn how you can join this incredible group of volunteer educators.