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.

2016-2017 Professional Development Workshop Schedule

School Garden Workshop - October 8th, 2016  

Learn the basics of planning, designing, implementing and integrating school gardens and garden activities into the curriculum. 

Plant Life of the Caribbean Islands - October 8th, 2016  and March 25 2017

Introduction to plant biology, conservation and  systematic research as it relates to the Caribbean Islands.   

South Florida Plants and Ecosystems February 11, 2016

Explore South Florida ecosystems inside and outside the classroom through a hands-on approach to understanding local ecology and conservation issues.

Basic Botany – March 4, 2017

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 – April 1, 2017

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 12-23, 2017

Affectionately known as ‘Botany Bootcamp,' this two-week intensive workshop will immerse teachers in plant anatomy, physiology, ecology and much more. 

Downloadable Teaching Modules