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Native Flags | Schools | Video | Curriculum | Upload Photo | Earth Day 2013

Get Involved: Schools


Miami-Dade County Public Schools has again partnered with artist Xavier Cortada in presenting Native Flags, an eco-project that consisted of planting a native tree sapling alongside a green flag at every school. Other presenting partners include the Reclamation Project at the Miami Science Museum, the Florida International University College of Architecture + The Arts (where Cortada serves as Artist-in-Residence)the Deering Estate at Cutler and the National Association of Counties. 

Native Flags
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Miami artist Xavier Cortada created this urban reforestation eco-art project  to help restore native habitats for plants and animals in urban areas.  Participating students are asked to plant a native tree alongside the green project flag in their front yard and state:
"I hereby reclaim this land for nature."

Native Flags has been implemented in every Miami Dade County public school since 2010. 

Earth Day 2013

Earth Day 2012

Earth Day 2011

Earth Day 2010

PDF Download for South Florida schools: 

See exhibit of all 12 native tree speices at Miami-Dade Park's Deering Estate.  To have your school (Miami-Dade County only) learn more about the Reclamation Project's Native Flags urban reforestation initiative and/or to schedule a field trip to see the project's exhibit at Deering Estate at Cutler, please contact:


Karen Solms
[email protected]

Deering Estate at Cutler

16701 SW 72 Avenue
Miami FL 33157
305-235-1668 x 238

  • Click on the each of the 12 flags below to download the PDF of each of the 12 featured native trees:

Small Trees and Large Shrubs

Medium Trees

Large Trees

To see the 12 native tree species featured for planting in South Florida, please click here


 2004 - 2013


Xavier Cortada's participatory art practice is based at Florida International University.

FIU College of Architecture + The Arts

Xavier Cortada
FIU College of Architecture + The Arts
Miami Beach Urban Studios
420 Lincoln Road, Suite 440
Miami Beach, FL 33139

 Reclamation Project 



Native Flags

The Reclamation Project and Native Flags are participatory eco-art projects by FIU College of Architecture + The Arts Artist-in-Residence Xavier Cortada.  

In South Florida, they are presented in coordination with our project partners:

FIU Office of University Sustainabiity
MDC Earth Ethics Institute

Copyright 2006-2013 
Xavier Cortada