Virtual Curator Talk: Teaching with Orchids with Brandon Tam

Learn content and strategies for teaching K–12 students about orchids from Brandon Tam, associate curator of The Huntington’s orchid collection.

Join Brandon Tam for a virtual talk about the fascinating world of orchids. Tam will illustrate the orchid’s unique plant structure, diverse habitats, adaptations for survival, and cultural significance around the world. By the end of the talk, participants will have knowledge of the variety of orchids and leave with ideas on how to connect the content to their classroom curriculum.

This talk aligns with the Huntington learning resource Plant Needs.

Talk Schedule

6 p.m. Program begins

6:05 p.m. Talk by Brandon Tam

6:35 p.m. Classroom Connections with Education staff

6:45 p.m. Q&A

6:55 p.m. Wrap-up

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About the Speaker

Brandon Tam, associate curator of the orchid collection at The Huntington, curates one of the largest and most diverse orchid species collections in the world, comprising over 1,500 unique species and 3,600 different varieties across 280 orchid genera. Tam first joined The Huntington as an orchid collection specialist at age 16, while simultaneously earning his bachelor’s degree in plant science from the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.