Are you a preschool teacher or a leader of a community group looking for a fun field trip that is both hands-on and in the outdoors? Sign up for one of HNC’s Community Programs! The programs listed below are suitable for students of all ages. The maximum number of participants for one day is 75. All community programs are 2 ½ hours unless specified otherwise (9:30-12:00 p.m. or 1:00-3:30 p.m.). Groups are welcome to bring lunch.

Group sizes:
  • Up to 25 students ($225.00)
  • Up to 50 students ($400.00)
  • Up to 75 students ($550.00)

*To book a program for your community group, please contact us at: (808) 955-0100 ext. 114.

Nature Explorers (*Most popular program for students of all ages!)

Let’s explore the wonderful, mysterious world of nature! Using all of our senses we’ll search out nature’s secret corners discovering creatures large and small. We’ll take a nature walk, explore Makiki stream and look for insects in the meadow. Ages 5 and up, adults always welcome.

Incredible Insects

Are cockroaches and ants good for anything? (Come find out!) Why do dragonflies dip their tails into water? Do millipedes tickle when they walk on your hand? Find the answers to these questions and others by tromping through a forest, digging in the soil and exploring in a meadow to find insects, bugs and spiders. Ages 7 and up, adults always welcome.

Makiki Valley Hikes

Venture the valley trails of Makiki discovering fungus and moss, birds and bugs while exploring Hawaii’s “upside-down” rainforest. Ages 7 and up, adults always welcome.

Preschool Program – “Children of the Land”

During the school year we offer our Preschool Program (ages 3-5) on Wednesdays. During the summer, we offer the program on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The pricing and groups sizes for this age group differs from the other community programs. *For more details about our Preschool Program, go the “School Programs” page. Please call (808) 955-0100 ext. 114 to reserve a space for your group.

Customized Programs

If you have a special program that you want to experience with your family or group, the Nature Center can customize the program to meet your needs and interests. Please call (808) 955-0100 ext. 114 to reserve a space for your group.

Birthday Parties

Celebrate your child’s birthday party outdoors! Hawai‘i Nature Center’s experienced staff will take your children on an adventure through Makiki Valley on O‘ahu, where they can experience:

  • fishing at the stream
  • hiking in the forest
  • creating a nature craft that they can take home

Facilities include a spacious, open air lanai with four picnic tables for setting up your gifts, food and refreshments. A kitchen with refrigerator and freezer, stove, oven and microwave are also available for your use.


For more information, please see our HNC Oahu Birthday Party flier

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