December  Due Dates  and Opportunities
Dear Teachers,

Temperatures are plummeting to the 70's, hurricane season has ended, and... everything else is basically the same. December in Florida must be here! Before we bid farewell to 2017, we have a handful of important Fairchild Challenge due dates, events, and announcements.

Schools participating in  Shade Our Schools: Flora & Fauna   can start conducting point counts on  December 21.  We will be emailing links for data sheet access on  Friday, December 15

A save-the-date reminder - February 22 is our always-fabulous Educator Appreciation Event. More information will be coming soon but you don't want to miss out on the fun!

As always, keep current by visiting our online Challenge booklet and do not hesitate to email with any questions.  VIEW THE FAIRCHILD CHALLENGE ONLINE BOOKLET NOW!

Wishing you a happy holidays and a fantastic new year,
The Fairchild Challenge Team
Due Dates

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13 by 6:00 PM - Challenge 3: Petals and Pollinators
We will have a Challenge drop-off point set up on December 13 at the Phillips Gate near the employee entrance in the south parking lot from 3:00pm - 6:00pm. For more information on this Challenge, click here. 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13 by 5:00 PM - Challenge 7: The Million Orchid Project
To help inform future outplantings, students will plant native orchids in different locations around their school and track growth, survivorship, and flowering periods.  Click here
 for more information.
  • Schools must submit a Memorandum of Understanding by Wednesday, December 13,  if they plan to participate in this challenge.
  • Teachers must attend a mandatory professional development workshop to receive protocols, data sheet access, and materials on Jan. 13, 2018. Register here.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17 by 5:00 PM  Challenge 4: Growing Beyond Earth
While Trial One should already be complete and submitted, any data from the optional Trial Two must be submitted by this date. Please contact if you have any questions about creating an optimal second trial. For more information on this Challenge, click here.

Additional Opportunities & Resources


The 2018 City Nature Challenge is taking place between April 27-April 30. This is an exciting way to explore Miami's biodiversity through the use of the iNaturalist app. Check out result's from 2017's event here . More information on how to register will be coming soon.