Just for O‘ahu Schools

O‘ahu School Programs

2131 Makiki Heights Dr., Honolulu | Call: 808.955.0100 x123 | Email: education@hawaiinaturecenter.org

Hawai’i Nature Center partners with schools to serve as destination field trips for onsite learning with environmental educators at its campus in Makiki Valley. A limited number of schools can be accommodated and sponsorships are sometimes available. The outdoor programs promote environmental stewardship and are relevant to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Meet the educators. Spring semester starts in January and runs through May. The program times listed allow for a 30-minute lunch. For more info and teacher resources, contact Environmental Education Staff by clicking here.

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Introduction to Nature
Experience a sensory exploration of living and non-living parts of the natural world while learning to appreciate and care for nature. Discover the many uses of bamboo, create a mini-stream ecosystem and learn how soil is made while making your own soil cookies.

Spring Semester | 9 am – 12 pm

First Grade
Introduction to Plants, Animals & Healthy Habitats
Explore different habitats in Makiki Valley including meadow, stream, and forest with emphasis on survival needs, food chains, and stream life.

Spring Semester | 9 am – 12:30 pm

Second Grade
Cycles in Nature
Examine the importance of five of the main cycles in nature (plant and animal life cycles; nutrient, gas, and water cycles) while hiking, fishing at the stream, and hunting for decomposers. Discover how cycles are interconnected and how humans are a part of these cycles.

Spring Semester | 9 am – 12:30 pm

Third Grade
Discovering Wetlands
Learn about the importance of wetlands and how adaptation, interdependence and dispersal play key roles in this ecosystem. Discover the threats to endangered Hawaiian wetland birds and how conservation efforts are enabling their survival.

Spring Semester | 9 am – 12:30 pm

Fourth, Fifth & Sixth Grade
Forest Encounters
Explore the forest while learning about geological, biological, and human-caused changes. Learn about changes that have local and global impacts, investigate the importance of watersheds, and suggest ways for creating a better future for Hawai`i.

Spring Semester | 9 am – 12:30 pm

Fourth, Fifth & Sixth Grade
Coastal Encounters
Examine coastal ecology and geology. Participate in a mock archaeological dig and marine debris study and discover how humans have impacted the coastline and how to create more positive environment.

Spring Semester | 9 am – 12:30 pm

Program Fees

For Title 1 Schools

$425 (up to 60 students)

$300 (up to 40 students)

$225 (up to 20 students)

For Schools with Single Booking

$775 (up to 60 students)

$575 (up to 40 students)

$375 (up to 20 students)

For Schools with Multiple Bookings

$700 (up to 60 students)

$525 (up to 40 students)

$325 (up to 20 students)

The discounted rate for multiple bookings applies if more than one trip is scheduled by the same school in a given semester.
Scholarships are available. Contact us at education@hawaiinaturecenter.org.

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