Preschool: Children of the Land 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
(Offered on Wednesdays during the school year; Tuesdays/Thursdays during the summer.)
Description: Become comfortable in nature while learning about the wonders of water and exploring the mountain trails and special homes of the animals that live in the forest.
Key Concepts: Nature is all around us.
Goals: To help children become comfortable in nature and to foster awareness and appreciation of nature.
Objectives: Students will be able to describe different parts of nature, interact appropriately with the natural world, and suggest how they can care for nature at home.
- Mountain Hike – Children will explore a mountain trail, exercising all of their senses (except taste).
- Wonderful Water – Students will water plants with stream water and interact with live stream animals.
- Amazing Animals – Children will explore the homes of animals that live in Hawaii’s forests and meadows.
The maximum number of students is 60 on one day. Fees for our Preschool program are flat rates based on groups of 15 students. 1 adult for every 4 preschoolers is required; adults are not charged.
FEES: $600.00 for up to 60 students; $450.00 for up to 45 students; $350.00 for up to 30 students; $200.00 for up to 15 students.
*Please note that if your group size is over 45 students, the program time increases to 2.5 hours long (9:00-11:30am). You are welcome to stay for lunch after the program. For more information please email Chai at: email@example.com, or call 808-955-0100 ext 114.
Kindergarten: Introduction to Nature 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Description: A sensory exploration and learning experience that leads to a greater appreciation for both living and non-living parts of nature.
Program Site: Makiki Valley
Key Concepts: Nature is made up of both living and nonliving things. Nature is all around us; people are part of nature.
Goals: To help children become comfortable in nature; to foster an awareness and appreciation of nature, with emphasis on sensory exploration; to expose students to some of the plants and animals found in Hawaii.
Objectives: Students will be able to interact appropriately with the natural world, express ways in which nature is important to them, and suggest how they can care for nature at home.
- Soil Cookies – Students will learn about the components of soil by making soil cookies! We will grind rocks, add leaves and twigs, and add water. Afterwards, each student will mold a cookie and place it near a special tree.
- Bamboo Forest – We will use our senses to explore the bamboo forest and discover the useful properties of bamboo. Students will play with a variety of games, toys, and musical instruments made from bamboo.
- Stream S’plorations – Students will collect and observe living and non-living things from the stream such as rocks, algae, shrimp, guppies, tadpoles, etc. (Stream life will be pre-set in buckets.) They will also learn why water is important and collect water in watering cans from the stream to water nearby plants.
Grade 1: Introduction to Plants, Animals and Healthy Habitats, 9:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
*As of Fall 2016, we are implementing the new Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in our 1st Grade Program. The general “Habitat” program and activities remain the same, however, there is a refined emphasis on how plants and animals obtain their survival needs. See below for more info!
Description: Exploration of the plants and animals found in three different habitats of Makiki Valley. Emphasis on survival needs, plants and animals adaptations, food chains, and how people can help maintain healthy habitats.
Program Site: Makiki Valley
Key Concepts: There are many different types of plants and animals in nature. All living things (including humans) have basic survival needs. Plants and animals have external parts that help them survive. Animals also engage in behaviors that help them to obtain their survival needs. By exploring nature we can observe patterns in the natural world and learn how plants and animals adapt to their surroundings. All plants and animals, including humans, need a healthy habitat. Everyone can help care for plants and animals and the island home we share.
Goals: To foster an awareness and appreciation of nature, with emphasis on survival needs, behaviors, food chains and habitats. To expose students to the plants and animals found in lowland Hawaiian forest and stream environments. To promote enthusiasm for taking action in helping to keep our island habitat healthy.
Objectives: Students will be able to describe the essential elements of a healthy habitat and our basic survival needs. They will observe and describe how plants and animals have different external parts that help them survive and grow. Students will also be able to demonstrate a simple food chain and identify different behaviors that animals engage in to help them survive. They will be able to express why nature is important to them and why we need to help take care of nature.
- Stream Safari – Students will gather at the edge of Makiki Stream to explore and discover plants and animals living there. After reviewing the components of a stream habitat, they’ll be challenged to work in small groups to create a miniature stream habitat in a bin! Students will observe the animals they catch, identifying different body parts and behaviors that help them survive and grow in the freshwater stream.
- Habitat Hike – After reviewing the survival needs of people and other living things, we’ll set out on a hike along side a mountain in search of plants, animals, and mini habitats within the forest. Students will observe the different parts of plants and animals that help them survive and grow in the forest habitat. They will also be in search of the tiny, often overlooked, creatures of the forest to observe their behaviors that help them survive. All the plants and animals of the forest are important to the health of the habitat.
- Food Chain Challenge – Students will role play a food chain in nature, learning the importance of the sun and discovering how plants and animals have different parts that help them obtain food. Students will then create a food chain of their own in a bug jar! They will explore the tall grassy field in search of grasshoppers, praying mantis, geckos and other little creatures that find their survival needs in the meadow habitat.
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS):
Life Sciences Core Ideas:
- Structure and Function. Plants and animals have external parts that help them survive and grow, meet their needs.
- Growth and Development of Organisms. Adult plants and animals can have young. In many kinds of animals, parents and the offspring themselves engage in behaviors that help the offspring to survive.
- Inheritance and Variation of Traits. Young plants and animals are very much, but not exactly like, their parents (Inheritance). Individuals of the same kind of plant or animal are recognizable as similar but can also vary in many ways (Variation).
- The shape and stability of structures of natural and designed objects are related to their function(s).
- Patterns in the natural world can be observed, used to describe phenomena, and used as evidence.
Grade 2: “Cycles in Nature” 9:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Description:: Examine the importance of five of the main cycles in nature and how they interact with one another. This program emphasizes biological and physical cycles in forest and stream environments.
Program Site: Makiki Valley
Key Concepts: Everything in the natural world works in cycles. Cycles in nature interact with one another; they are interconnected. People are part of natural cycles. We can work together to help maintain nature’s natural ability to sustain life and create balance.
Goals: To foster an awareness and appreciation of nature, with emphasis on natural, biological and physical cycles. To expose students to the common plants and animals found in present lowland Hawaiian forest and stream environments.
Objectives: Students will be able to describe the life cycles of flowering plants and some stream organisms, the water cycle, the gas cycle, and the nutrient cycle. They will be able to identify common decomposers and explain their importance in nature. Students will be able to illustrate the interrelationships between cycles and demonstrate how people can help to maintain the natural cycles in nature.
- Water and Animal Life Cycles – Students will gather at the edge of Makiki Stream to review the water and animal life cycles. They will then explore the stream using nets and buckets to discover stream life.
- Nutrient Cycle – As investigative scientists, students will use bug jars and brushes to search the damp soil for hidden organisms that break down fallen branches and leaves and make it possible for the forest to exist.
- Plant Life Cycle and Gas Cycle – Students will hike through the forest to discover fallen flowers, fruits, seeds, and seedlings as we learn about the different stages of the plant life cycle. We take time to breath in the fresh oxygen and learn how animals and plants are interconnected through all of the cycles, including the gas cycle!
Grade 3: “Discovering Wetlands” 9:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
(Fall at Honouliuli NWR / Spring at Kawainui-Hamakua Marsh Complex)
Description: Explore the basic geography, biology, and ecology of wetlands in Hawaii. Discover the native Hawaiian endangered waterbirds and many migratory birds that depend on healthy wetland habitats. Wetlands are severely threatened today but there are many ways we can all help to protect them.
Program Site: Honouliuli National Wildlife Refuge (Ewa) (Dates ONLY available from September to mid-January)
Key Concepts: Plants and animals that dispersed to Hawaii on the wind, the waves, or via birds are called native. Native species that evolved to become unique are called endemic. Plants and animals that arrived with people are introduced. Endemic waterbirds are vulnerable to predation by introduced species and habitat loss. Plants and animals in the wetland have undergone adaptations that help them survive in this environment. They form a complex, interdependent food web within the wetlands. The health of a wetland is dependent on the quality of its watershed.
Goals: To foster an awareness, appreciation, and sense of stewardship of Hawaiian wetlands and waterbirds, with an emphasis on dispersal, adaptation, and interdependence.
Objectives: Students will be able to describe the basic geography and biology of a Hawaiian wetland, locate and identify components of the wetland food web, demonstrate dispersal mechanisms of wetland plants and animals, and describe some of the adaptations that enable wetland organisms to thrive in their environment. Students will also be able to suggest several ways they can help care for wetlands in Hawaii.
Grades 4, 5 and 6: “Forest Encounters” 9:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Description: Explore the forest of Pu‘u ‘Ualaka‘a while learning about geological, biological and human induced change. Emphasis on the health of a watershed, biodiversity, and native versus introduced species.
Program Site: Ualakaa State Park (Round Top Drive, Tantalus)
Grades 4, 5, and 6: “Coastal Encounters” 9:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Description: Examine how plants and animals adapt to coastal areas, and how people have used the coast in the past and we continue to impact the coast today. Emphasis on archeology, native and introduced species, and marine debris.
Program Site: Waimanalo Bay Recreation Area
FEES FOR ALL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PROGRAMS LISTED ABOVE (Kindergarten through 6th grade. Fees are flat rates based on groups of 20 students. 2 adults required for every 20 students, adults are not charged.):
Regular Prices for Non-Title 1 Schools (single booking):
- $775.00 for up to 60 students
- $575.00 for up to 40 students
- $375 for up to 20 students
Regular Prices for Non-Title 1 Schools (*multiple booking discount if your school books more than 1 day of program):
- $700.00 for up to 60 students
- $525.00 for up to 40 students
- $325 for up to 20 students
Discounted prices for Title 1 Schools:
- $425.00 for up to 60 students
- $300.00 for up to 40 students
- $225 for up to 20 students
*IMPORTANT: if you are NOT a Title 1 school but are “in need” of funding support, please inquire about our special scholarship opportunities awarded to non-Title 1 public schools! We will work with you in making it possible for your students to take part in this enriching hands-on, outdoor learning experience!
*New Pilot Program for Middle Schools at Kawainui-Hamakua Marsh Complex!
FREE Program for School Year 2017-2018!
Space is limited, register now!
This unique place-based science program offers hands-on, STEM-related field activities that focus on wetland ecology, endangered waterbirds, and traditional land management concepts for Kawainui-Hamakua Marsh Complex. Through a special partnership with State of Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) and The University of Hawaii Center for Conservation of Research and Training (UH-CCRT), the program will take place at the Kawainui-Hamakua Marsh Complex, an area carefully managed as a wetland sanctuary for endangered, native Hawaiian waterbirds. Due to gracious funding by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the program, including transportation, is FREE to students and teachers! There is limited space; priority goes to Windward Title 1 schools. Please contact us as soon as possible if you are interested in this invaluable educational experience!
To register,send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, call 955-0100, ext. 117.
Climate Change Programs for ALL Middle School Students:
“From Mauka to Makai: Understanding Climate Change Impacts with the Ahupua`a”
Mauka and Makai field trips, 9:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
(Fall and Spring Semesters)
1. MAUKA Field Experience
Description: Learn the basic science of climate change and discover how today’s human-induced climate change may impact our island’s forests and mountain streams. Emphasis on sustainability and ways that we can reduce the amount of global warming and mitigate its effects.
Program Site: Hawaii Nature Center, Makiki
Key Concepts: Current climate change is mainly caused by the human activities of burning fossil fuels and deforestation. Global warming, from the excess build up of greenhouse gases, causes very challenging conditions for life on Earth. These impacts can be observed and studied within the ahupua`a, from the mountains to the sea. Islands, like Hawai`i, are especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change. There are many things we can do to slow down the worse effects of climate change.
Objectives: Students will be able to describe climate change and the greenhouse effect. They will be able to identify the main ways humans contribute to global warming and explain the impacts of climate change in the mauka environment. Students will also be able to describe ways humans can limit their impact and live more sustainably.
- Stream Investigations/ Water Quality
- Green Machine and Biomimicry
- Climate and Forest Explorations
*If booking BOTH Mauka and Makai programs, it is recommended that students attend the Mauka program BEFORE the Makai program.
2. MAKAI Field Experience
Description: Explore the impacts of climate change on the coast and marine environments. Discover how people’s actions can make a difference in how much damage is done.
Program Site: Sandy Beach Park (or Shark’s Cove, North Shore)
Key Concepts: Our coasts and marine environments already face challenges from human impact such as development, marine debris, and invasive species. Climate change is intensifying the stresses of living on the coast and is bringing new challenges to coral and marine organisms. Rising sea levels will impact coastal tide pools, wetlands and beaches, as well as threaten human structures, and water sources. People can make positive changes in the way we think and behave, which can help reduce the rate and magnitude of today’s global warming.
Objectives: Students will be able to describe ways that climate change is impacting the coast and ocean. They will be able to explain the importance of coral reefs and coastal plant communities. Students will also be able to identify threats to tide pools and their inhabitants from climate change. They will be able to describe ways in which people can make changes in their lifestyles in order to reduce the effects of climate change.
- Tide Pool Investigations
- Advanced Garbology/ Marine Debris
- Climate Change Coastal Hike
To make your reservations for our middle school programs, please email: email@example.com
The fees listed below are flat rates based on groups of 25 students. 1 adult per group of 25 students is required. Adults are not charged. We can have a maximum of 150 students per day. (For group sizes over 75 students, you will be booked as multiple programs based on the fee schedule below. For example, with a group size of 150 students, you will be booked for 2 programs on the same day, with 75 students in each program. With a group size of 100 students, you will be booked for 2 programs, 50 students in each.)
Regular Prices for Non-Title 1 Schools (single booking): $775.00 for up to 75 students; $575.00 for up to 50 students; $375 for up to 25 students.
Regular Prices for Non-Title 1 Schools (multiple bookings): $700.00 for up to 75 students; $525.00 for up to 50 students; $325 for up to 25 students.
Discounted prices for Non-Title 1 PUBLIC Schools in-need of financial support: $500.00 for up to 75 students; $375.00 for up to 50 students; $250 for up to 25 students. *To apply for scholarship, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Discounted prices for Title 1 Schools: $425.00 for up to 75 students; $300.00 for up to 50 students; $225 for up to 25 students.