Conservation Student Scholar - Teen Program

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Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

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This program, geared towards high school students, is a way to connect interest in the natural world to conservation through education. Our students learn a variety of different environmental conservation messages focused around plants, with topics such as Palm Oil and the Million Orchid Project taught by passionate professionals. After learning the information, the students are given a variety of different tools and trainings to build the confidence and skill necessary to learn how to relay information. They are put to the test with hands on visitor engagement, reaching a varied audience of visitors to Fairchild. Throughout the year, these students come in on weekends to engage visitors, and during the summer, they can be found any day of the week. Students will be interviewed and, if accepted, attend one orientation day and two training sessions.

If you would like more information about this program and/ or to receive the complete application packet, please contact Jemma Peterson at or 305.667.1651 ext. 3324.

Applications are also available on our website:
Go to the Support & Join Tab and go to Volunteer Opportunities for Students.
Complete application packets are due by October 20, 2019!

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About Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden


10901 Old Cutler Road, Miami, FL 33156, US

Mission Statement

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden's mission is to save tropical plant diversity by exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants; fundamental to this task is inspiring a greater knowledge and love for plants and gardening so that all can enjoy the beauty and bounty of the tropical world.


Founded in 1938 on an 83 acre site south of Miami, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden gets it name from one of the most famous plant explorers in history, David Fairchild (1869-1954). Fairchild was known for traveling the world in search of useful plants, but he was also an educator and a renowned scientist. At the age of 22, he created the Section of Foreign Seed and Plant Introduction of the United States Department of Agriculture, and for the next 37 years he traveled the world in search of plants of potential use to the American people. Fairchild visited every continent in the world (except Antarctica) and brought back hundreds of important plants, including mangos, alfalfa, nectarines, dates, cotton, bamboos, and the flowering cherry trees that grace Washington D.C.

Dr. Fairchild retired to Miami in 1935 and joined a group of passionate plant collectors and horticulturists, including retired accountant Col. Robert H. Montgomery, environmentalist Marjory Stoneman Douglas, County Commisioner Charles Crandon, and landscape architect William Lyman Phillips who were all interested in bringing a one of a kind botanic garden to South Florida. In 1938, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden opened its 83 acres to the public for the first time.

Today, Fairchild is one of the premier conservation and education-based gardens in the world and recognized leader in both Florida and international conservation. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden emphasizes the expansion of plant knowledge through publications, education programs, and research in taxonomy, floristics, conservation biology and ethno-botany. Fairchild plays many roles, including museum, laboratory, learning center and conservation research facility, but it's greatest role is protecting biodiversity, which the garden's scientists, staff, and volunteers all contribute to on a daily basis. In 2012, Fairchild became the home of the American Orchid Society, and opened the state-of-the-art DiMare Science Village, covering more than 25,000 square feet and featuring five buildings including The Clinton Family Conservatory's Wings of the Tropics Exhibit, Glass House Cafe, Windows to the Tropics Conservatory, The Whitman Tropical Fruit Pavilion and the Kushlan Tropical Plant Science Institute.


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10901 Old Cutler RoadMiami, FL 33156



  • Environmental Education
  • Botany
  • Gardening
  • Horticulture
  • Public Speaking
  • STEM


  • Teens


  • Must be at least 14
  • Orientation or Training
  • Twice a month commitment during the school year, and 10 day requirement over the summer.

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