Fairchild's Explorer Program is designed to immerse your students in hands-on learning as they explore Fairchild, an 83-acre living museum. Staff members and trained volunteer guides lead the students through a variety of multidisciplinary activities designed to stimulate interest and foster inquiry. During their field trip, all students engage in interactive investigations, participate in a propagation lesson in our outdoor classroom and take a botanical souvenir home.

The Explorer Program is grade specific and aligned with Florida's state academic standards. The field study experience, combined with pre- and post-visit activities provided below, is intended to supplement your classroom teaching, increase STEM content knowledge, and enhance your students' assessment performance.

We are proud to announce that The Explorer Program was featured on PBS KidVision. 

Fairchild Explorer Program

Nature and Me - Grades K-2, Mondays

Not only do we share the world with animals and plants, but we couldn’t live without them! Students will explore living and non-living objects in the Garden, learn about plant parts and the plant life cycle, and observe plant-animal interactions up close and personal. Students will learn first-hand how we wouldn’t be able to eat, drink, or exist without plants and animals in our world.

Nature and Me - Pre/Post-visit Activities
Plant Care and Information


Our Native Ecosystems - Grades 3-5, Tuesdays

Can we have an impact on our native ecosystems? Think and work like scientists as you and your students discover the natural resources of South Florida’s unique ecosystems. Using observational tools, you will measure, compare, and classify the native plants, animals, and minerals in pine rockland and mangrove ecosystems, and then record and share you results. A food web activity will help your students to understand the flow of energy from the sun and the role of producers and consumers.

Our Native Ecosystems - Pre/Post-visit Activities
Plant Care and Information 

Tropical Rainforest Explorations - Grades K-5, Wednesdays

Learn the ABC’s in a rainforest exploration…adaptations, biodiversity, and conservation, that is! As you and your students search for a mystery plant, you’ll utilize your senses to discover the intricacies of a tropical rainforest. Younger students will learn first-hand what all living things need, while older students will delve deeper into the biological and ecological processes taking place in a rainforest ecosystem.  Leave feeling empowered, as your students brainstorm ways that they can make small changes with a big impact!

Tropical Rainforest Explorations - Pre/Post-visit Activities (Grades K-2)
Tropical Rainforest Explorations - Pre/Post-visit Activities (Grades 3-5)
Plant Care and Information (Grades K-2)
Plant Care and Information (Grades 3-5) 


Secret Lives of Plants - Grades 3-5, Thursdays

From orchids that pick fights with bees to cycads that outlived the dinosaurs, you and your students will dive into the mysterious world of plant science and reproduction. Explore botany basics and scientific thinking using the diverse family of orchids. As your students raise questions about the natural world, they will see a real life conservation project on native orchid species.

Secret Lives of Plants - Pre/Post-visit Activities
Plant Care and Information


Butterflies, Botany and Beyond - Grades K-2, Fridays

As butterflies flutter from flower to flower, they are performing the important act of pollination, which gives us some of our favorite foods! Your students will use magnifiers to get an up-close look at the parts of a butterfly in a science lab, discover the importance of pollination through a hands-on game, and observe the complete life cycle of butterfly. In The Wings of the Tropics you will learn about butterfly behavior as you experience thousands of live butterflies.

Butterflies, Botany and Beyond - Pre/Post-visit Activities
Plant Care and Information

Explorer Program Intro Packet
Explorer Program Academic Standards

Program Costs and Registration

  • $10 per participating student
  • Maximum of 60 students per day
  • One adult is required per ten students; additional adults are not permitted 
  • Program runs from 10:00 a.m. through 1:00 p.m.
  • Accessible to students with special needs
  • For scheduling, please call 305.663.8094 or email education@fairchildgarden.org
  • Tour dates fill rapidly, make reservations early.
  • Please refer to our Explorer Program Policies document for further details.

Have questions? Please send us an email at education@fairchildgarden.org