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Fairchild Challenge at The Dawes Arboretum on Sabbatical

Thank you to the teachers, students, donors, judges and staff who have contributed to the success of the Fairchild Challenge at The Dawes Arboretum.  

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From 2013 to 2017, more than 1,500 students participated in the Fairchild Challenge at The Dawes Arboretum.  Topics included water conservation, pollinators, edible plants and others.  Students incorporated skills related to science, math, art and technology into their challenge solutions.  Winning schools were awarded more than $6,000 in funds to support environmental projects at their schools.  These funds have been used to install school gardens, rain barrels and more.

We have decided to suspend The Fairchild Challenge while we evaluate the best ways to enhance STEAM learning in area schools. 

We look forward to the development of fresh opportunities to further engage area youth in environmental awareness and action.  The Arboretum continues extensive education programming for preschool through adult learners that offers enriching nature experiences for more than 15,000 people each year.  

Interested parties may contact Nancy Gregory, Environmental Educator, at for more information.

 *Teachers who did not receive water bottles for participating students in 2017 are encouraged to contact Nancy.

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