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The Underline’s Climate Champs is a citizen science program designed to educate Miami’s future environmental stewards. With The Underline as a platform, children and adults will learn more about the 30,000 native plant and tree species in The Underline’s first phase, Brickell Backyard and the green infrastructure initiatives positively impacting Miami’s resiliency and sustainability. Launched Fall 2022, students and visitors will learn about the long-term and short-term benefits of the park and why protecting nature in our community is vital to our future.


Participants will:

  1. Understand the long-term benefits of natural solutions
  2. Be mindful of the human impact on nature and our planet
  3. Build awareness and sensitivity of nature and our footprint
  4. Inspire future generations of Climate Champs

How it Works

Visitors at The Underline scan unique QR codes through- out the park to access a series of learning modules that focus on specific areas and their intentional impact on the urban environment.

The curriculum is guided by Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The experience will be presented within the Oolite Room, the Fern Room, the Promenade, the Gym, and the River Room in the Brickell Backyard phase of The Underline. Virtual visitors can also access the curriculum by visiting


The desire to connect with and contribute to your community is as real for young people as it is for adults. Becoming a Climate Champ can apply to student learners at any age. Visitors to The Underline can find answers to real questions and solutions to real problems around climate and the environment.

Our hope is that through real world experiences and access to learning that our community can share that knowledge, incorporate sustainable practices in their daily lives and encourage others to participate.

Thank you, Friends of The Underline

About The Authors

A special thank you to the Kim, Hayley, and Daniel Mendelson for their generosity in curating this experience as educators and champions of lifelong learning.

Kim, Hayley, and Danny are honored to co-author the educational content behind the Underline and share their passion for learning with the community. While Kim’s 30+ years of teaching experience started with Business, her love for education quickly blossomed into teaching Elementary School Science. Both Kim and Hayley have developed and implemented science curriculum aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Hayley teaches Science at Lehrman Community Day School to foster curiosity and scientific reasoning in her students. Danny is a current High School student in Miami, Florida. He is a member of his high school’s Environmental Student Organization, where they help to spread awareness about the environment. Being a critical member of his high school’s speech and debate team, Danny is the powerhouse behind our research generation. Kim and Hayley use their teaching experience to crystalize the content into the citizen science program.

Climate Champs was written to meet Next Generation Science Standards. Click here to see the details of the standards met.

Hayley, Kim and Daniel Mendelson