Six students from Miami Country Day High School visited Montgomery Botanical Center as part of the Fairchild Challenge’s Environmental Immersion Day.
The students alongside their teacher, Mr. Tom Sverkounos, participated in activities focused on cycad biology with four rotations. Judy Kay taught students about pollination and seed development of cycads, in theory and practice, collection of seeds, checking for embryos and viability, and pollen collection and storage. Vickie Murphy taught students how to plant in the nursery. Dr. Larry Noblick taught them about different palms at the garden. Ericka Witcher discussed soils at different sites on the property and described the soil layers and their properties.
MBC is happy to play a role in exposing young students to botany and supporting our critical mission of education.