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The Fairchild Challenge/BGCI Global Competition


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BGCI is delighted to collaborate with the Fairchild Challenge to offer an annual Global Competition for students aged 11-19.  The Global Competition is open to:  all botanic gardens worldwide, in addition to Fairchild Challenge sites, BGCI members and sites participating in Plant Conservation Day (including AZH members).

This year's Global Competition is linked to the United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation



Click here to see the Top Five

Click here to view the Top Ten

Click here to read more about the 2012-2013 "Plants & Water" themed competition


Past Competitions

The Fairchild Challenge/BGCI Global Competition 2011/12

 click here to read about the Global Competition linked to London 2012


The Fairchild Challenge/BGCI Global Competition 2010/11

winning poster 2011 FC

Click here to see the results of the Competition! 




The Fairchild Challenge/BGCI Global Competition 2009/10

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Find out about the Competition.

Order copies of the CD.  Profits got to support the Fairchild Challenge and BGCI Education Programme.



The Fairchild Challenge/BGCI Global Competition 2008/9 

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Cartoons for Climate Change!

Have a look at the final results of this competition.



The Fairchild Challenge

The Fairchild Challenge is an annual, standards-based, environmental education outreach programme designed and initiated by Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. The Fairchild Challenge is now being offered in several cities around the world.  It offers a menu of multidisciplinary challenges for elementary, middle and high schools, attracting students of diverse interests, abilities, talents and backgrounds. During the 2010/2011 programme year, The Fairchild Challenge saw more than 100,000 students and teachers participating in its Miami-region programme and its Satellite Partner programmes around the world.

Any questions? Please contact The Fairchild Challenge or BGCI on