Volunteer Information Session - May 18

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ORGANIZATION: Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

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Volunteers are the backbone of our institution and join our efforts in all areas across the Garden! At this time, we are gladly accepting new people to our teams, and we would like to invite you to our upcoming Volunteer Information Session!

During this session, we will cover what Fairchild Volunteers do and what open opportunities we have available, as well as any follow up information about requirements and training. Our job is to help match you to the right opportunity!

Upcoming Information Session:

Saturday, May 18th - 11AM

Please contact wnavas@fairchildgarden.org to register by providing your name and best email for contact.

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About Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Location:

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.

Description

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.

CAUSE AREAS

Community
Education & Literacy
Environment
Community, Education & Literacy, Environment

WHEN

Sat May 18, 2024
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

WHERE

10901 Old Cutler RoadMiami, FL 33156

(25.67852,-80.27431)
 

SKILLS

  • General Education
  • Math / Science Instruction
  • Environmental Education
  • Botany
  • Gardening
  • Horticulture

GOOD FOR

  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 14
  • Orientation or Training
  • We are asking volunteers to commit to a weekly shift of 2-4 hours depending on area for at least 3 months. We do have short term availability.

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