Last week, Kate Borger, high school programs coordinator, hosted “Phipps for Teachers’ Night Out”, an informative social event to launch the 2014-2015 Fairchild Challenge at Phipps. The evening began with networking and refreshments, followed by a presentation detailing the slate of challenges for the new school year. At the program’s conclusion, teachers were free to enjoy the beauty of the Conservatory and new Center for Sustainable Landscapes building. The participating teachers had a wonderful time and a few new faces signed up for the program this coming year. Overall, it was a great success!
More about the Fairchild Challenge
Since 2008, Phipps has been a satellite partner for the Fairchild Challenge, a multidisciplinary, standards-based environmental education program designed and initiated by the Fairchild Tropical and Botanic Garden in Miami, Florida. The program fosters interest in the environment by encouraging teenagers to appreciate the need for conservation and biodiversity and take action through intra-mural challenges that hone important skills for creative expression and communication, including visual, literary and performing arts, research, and community action. In the 2013-2014 school year, more than 1,800 local students from 54 area high schools and middle schools participated in the Fairchild Challenge at Phipps.
The above photo is a 2012 entry by Moon High School.