Citizen Science Project Orchids in the Classroom
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    Students planting orchids in their classrooms.

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    Students measuring orchids.

  • Goodyera

    Goodyera are orchids native to MD!

Urban Ecology Engagement Initiative (UEEI)- Orchids in Classrooms

The Urban Ecology Engagement Initiative (UEEI) is a collaboration between students, teachers, and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC). This initiative aims to challenge student thinking about the environment they live in. By getting involved in their communities, students can explore the nature that exists in urban landscapes. We want students to realize that they can transform the health of their ecosystem!

This year, UEEI is partnering with The North American Orchid Conservation Center and the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden to engage students in native orchid conservation. Students are involved in a real scientific experiment growing native orchids in their classrooms and will plant them in their schoolyards or other public areas. The students are partners in discovery with SERC scientists aiming to improve conservation efforts and advance the long-term sustainability of native orchids.