O‘ahu Environmental Science Series 2022

O‘ahu Homeschool Science Series 2022

2131 Makiki Heights Drive, HNL | Ph: 808.955.0100 x126 | E: homeschool@hawaiinaturecenter.og

Hawai‘i Nature Center offers a multi-week science series with each class building upon the prior lesson. Created to serve homeschool students, ages 6 to 11, the weekly, 6-hour sessions on Wednesdays are live, in-person and teacher-led. It includes on-campus learning in the Makiki rainforest as well as field trips. Incorporating State of Hawai‘i Next Generation Science Standards, this science curriculum explores a broad range of topics led by environmental educators. Topics include: climate change, the ahupua‘a ecosystem, native species, nature cycles, watersheds, aquatic life, coastal habitats, wetlands, sustainability and more. Enroll in the discounted semester-long series or pay by the class. Children visiting O‘ahu are welcome.

Read the 2022 course overview
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2022 O‘ahu Homeschool Science Series (for ages 6-11)

 August 31 – December 7, 2022 | Weekly on Wednesdays Only from 8:30 am  (drop off at 8:15 am) to 2:30 pm | No program on October 5 due to Nature Adventure Camp 
Register for the Weekly Program: $105 (purchase by the class)


If the session is SOLD OUT, contact homeschool@HawaiiNatureCenter.org to be wait-listed for the week(s) desired. Include the number of children you wish to enroll and best contact number.


2022 Lessons

August 31 - What is Science?
Join us as we kickstart our Homeschool Semester by learning all about science, scientists, and the scientific method.
September 7 - Data Time!
Working as a team of field scientists, we’ll venture out into Makiki forest to make hypotheses, collect data, and create graphs and posters on our findings.
September 14 - Ecosystems & Habitats
This week we’ll explore the difference between an ecosystem and a habitat as we learn about the different places living and non-living things call home.
September 21 - Food Webs
As we explore the concept of ‘ecosystems’ further, we’ll take a closer look at how food webs sustain life and what happens when they are disrupted.
September 28 - Streams & Oceans
We take a deep dive this week into the Hawaiian stream ecosystem, learning about the various types of plants and animals that live in this unique freshwater habitat. Later, we discuss and learn about our coral reefs and marine ecosystems.
October 5 - No Class (due to Fall Nature Adventure Camp)
October 12 - Forests & Meadows
Hiking shoes on for this week as we explore Makiki Valley’s wooded and grassy areas, comparing and contrasting these different habitats.
October 19 - Pleasant Plants
This week is all about learning and celebrating the diversity of plant life. We’ll learn how plants make their food, about the different parts of a flower, how pollination works, and why plants are so important.
October 26 - Minibeasts
We take a day to appreciate the tiny, sometimes unseen, creatures that help ecosystems function. From insects to tiny stream invertebrates, we’ll use our magnifying glasses and microscopes to take a closer look at this microscopic world.
November 2 - The Buzz About Bees
We dedicate a week to studying one of the most important insects in the world: the hard-working bee. We will learn about their behaviors, life cycles, and why they are so critical to the health of the planet.
November 9 - Animal Communication
We explore the fascinating world of animal communication: from sound, to color, to behavior, as we learn about how and why animals communicate.
November 16 - Hawaiian Flora & Fauna
This week we learn about the unique and often endangered animals and plants that make up our Hawaiian wildlife. We’ll explore how they arrived on the island, Hawaiian mythology about them, the threats they face, and what we can do to help them survive!
November 23 - Weather & Climate
This week, we will learn about the difference between weather and climate, practice collecting weather data, and investigate some of the more interesting weather phenomena!
November 30 - Natural Resources
We spend a week learning about the various natural resources our planet has to offer, how we currently use them, and ways to be more sustainable in their harvesting, processing, and use!
December 7 - Our Changing World
We finish up our homeschool series with a lesson on some of the big changes our planet is going through, why they’re important, and how we can make a difference in our everyday lives.

Gear Up & Get Ready

  • Eat a hearty breakfast.
  • Wear clothes and closed-toe (hiking or athletic) shoes that can get wet and dirty.
  • Put on mosquito repellent and sunscreen at home.
  • Leave anything expensive, valuable, or fragile at home.

What to Pack Daily

  • Small backpack
  • Water bottle
  • Morning snacks and a big lunch (no refrigeration)
  • Extra change of clothes, raincoat/poncho and water shoes
  • Sunscreen, hat, and sunglasses
  • Swimsuit and towel
  • At least two (2) COVID facemasks

REFUND & CANCELLATION POLICY – SEMESTER  If you cancel your enrollment 7 days or more prior to the start of the program, you will receive a refund less a $100 cancellation fee per child AND associated administrative processing fees. If you cancel your enrollment for the entire program within 7 days of program start or up to 6 weeks after the program has started, we will refund 50% of your program fee per child. Memberships purchased during enrollment will not be refunded.

There are no refunds after the end of the 6th week of the program. There are no refunds or makeups for individual classes missed.

REFUND & CANCELLATION POLICY – WEEKLY If you cancel your enrollment 7 days or more prior to the start of the weekly session, you will receive a refund less a $25 cancellation fee per child AND associated administrative processing fees. Enrollment is non-refundable if for any reason if you cancel within 7 days of the first day of each weekly session. We will make every effort to reschedule the cancelled week to a later week in the semester. Memberships purchased during enrollment are non-refundable.

THIRD PARTY REGISTRATION POLICY  Hawai’i Nature Center does not accept third party registrations or registrations on behalf of other friends or family–the registering child’s parent or guardian must be the individual to complete and submit all registration information. If we determine that a third party has completed your child’s registration, your registration will be cancelled and we will refund your tuition. A $50 cancellation fee per child per week and administrative processing fees will be charged.

COVID-19 SAFETY  Keeping children, families and our staff safe is our highest priority.  Health and safety measures are in place to keep participants safe. Modifications include smaller group size to accommodate social distancing. We’ve added six feet of social distancing in our seating arrangements. Masks must be worn inside our classroom. More frequent and easier-to-monitor hand washing is required. Frequent disinfecting of surfaces and high traffic areas are performed. Since our programs are outdoors, we have lots of room to spread out and enjoy the fresh air while exploring nature.


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