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Family Programs at Fairchild

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Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden offers several innovative programs to engage children, families and the community in the exploration of the world of tropical plants and ecosystems. These fun, interdisciplinary, and interactive experiences focus on a diversity of themes including edible gardening, plant and pollinator relationships, biodiversity as well as habitat and resource conservation in South Florida and beyond!... more »
Who are you?

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden's mission is to save tropical plant diversity by exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Family programs educate children and families about the importance of local plants and ecosystems, and their role in conservation and sustainability. Engaging children in a positive experience in nature is a crucial step to making Miami a more sustainable urban environment. While planting an edible garden, making a recycled craft, providing habitat for pollinators, or meeting a real scientist, these programs provide tools, instruction and inspiration to apply in their homes.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

Family programs at Fairchild will directly advance environmentally sustainable practices in Miami-Dade. Designed to educate and inspire families to recognize the importance of local ecosystems and their direct impact on conservation and sustainability, programs offer hands-on activities in recycling, gardening and promoting native ecosystems. Families leave with an improved appreciation for sustainable practices.

Please give examples of your project's success.

Family Programs at Fairchild are offered to 45,000 members and 300,000 visitors on an annual basis. Since this program began in September 2014, approximately 200 South Florida families have participated on a monthly basis, with an increasing number of repeat participants. Verbal feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and demand for additional programming is evident. A written survey is under development to formally incorporate feedback into future expansion.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

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