The Fairchild Challenge for Educators presented by The Dawes Arboretum

The Fairchild Challenge is a multidisciplinary, free, standards based and STEAM focused environmental education outreach program.  Designed to give middle and high school students an opportunity to shine, it gives teachers another tool to deliver their core curriculum.

By appealing to students’ innate sense of competition, creativity and curiosity, the Challenge invites students to investigate environmental issues, to devise imaginative and effective responses to these issues and to take action to address them.  The Fairchild Challenge was designed and initiated by The Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in south Florida.  Fairchild continues to support and train expansion sites for The Fairchild Challenge around the world.  The Dawes Arboretum is proud to be a satellite partner site for The Fairchild Challenge.

Prizes are awarded to schools and individual students.  Review the Challenges and plan to participate in as many as you can.  Involve as many teachers, students and administrators as possible.  Schools that earn more than 700 points will be presented with a Fairchild Challenge award at our awards ceremony in May of 2017.  All participating students receive small prizes (frisbees or t-shirts), and the top-scoring schools are awarded $700, $350 or $200 prizes to support their environmental programs.

How do I participate in The Fairchild Challenge?

  • Identify a Fairchild Challenge teacher or liaison in your school
  • Complete and return the registration form to The Dawes Arboretum
  • Review the guidelines for The Fairchild Challenge options
  • Ask questions for further assistance-attn. Nancy Gregory,nrgregory@dawesarb.org
  • Provide opportunities for students throughout the school year to compete
  • Work across disciplines to offer students success
  • Submit your entries to accrue points
  • Celebrate your accomplishments at the Awards Celebration ceremony in spring
Students enjoy a haiku book they made for M.S. Challenge 2 for the 2014-15 school year.DSCN0267

DSCN0317      A first place winner!

Award winning teachers 2015-16   2015-16  Participating teachers accepting their Fairchild Challenge awards.


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