For the last two years, Bok Tower Gardens education staff has been hosting The Fairchild Challenge, an environmental education outreach program and competition designed by Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens in Miami. Middle schools throughout Polk County are invited to participate in this satellite program by completing Challenge options ranging from writing and art, graphic design and video production, to school gardening and botanical fashion design.
Despite the wet weather this morning, 900 students from around Central Florida joined us for our annual Earth Day Celebration. Students had the chance to learn about many educational topics ranging from prescribed burns to beekeeping.
These up-close and hands-on activities allowed the students to connect with nature and stimulate their curiosity about our natural environment, awareness of Central Florida’s natural and cultural resources, and understand the importance of conservation and preservation of our natural landscape.
Thank you to TD Bank, Florida’s Natural, our educational partners, and the schools who participated for making this event possible.