Environmental Science Series on O‘ahu

O‘ahu Homeschool Environmental Science Series

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

For Fall 2021, Hawai‘i Nature Center launches a 14-week science series with each class building upon the prior lesson. Created for 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 as well as field trips. Incorporating State of Hawai‘i Next Generation Science Standards, this 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. Cost is $1,200 for the semester or $105 per weekly class.

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Homeschool Science Series O‘ahu (for ages 6 to 11)

Weekly on Wednesdays Only (September 1 - December 8, 2021 | No program on Oct. 13 due to Nature Adventure Camp) All classes are 8 am to 2 pm on Wednesdays with drop-off as early as 7:45 am.
Register for the Full Semester & Save: $1,200 (purchase all 14 weekly classes)

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Register for the Weekly Program: $105 (purchase by the class)

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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. 

Homeschool Semester Themes: Mauka to Makai

September 1 – Watersheds
Students will understand the basic concepts of a watersheds and Ahupua‘a. We will examine the natural flow of water and how watersheds are essential for cleaning our drinking water and stabilizing our soils.
September 8 – Flora and Fauna
Hawai‘i is known for its endemic species in both its native animals and plants, with over 10,000 species found nowhere else on earth! Students will learn about the biodiversity throughout Hawaii and take a closer look at the flora and fauna in Makiki.
September 15 – Pollination
Pollination is fascinating and vital to human survival! We’ll go in search of pollinators in meadows, waterways, and gardens near and far to learn about the different pollinators, while examining the parts of a flower.
September 22 – Forestry
This week will dive deep in to importance or forest and how they give us some much, including our valuable drinking water on the island of O‘ahu! Using the scientific method students will able to predict why forest floor conditions vary, and consider some of the ways in which ground cover and land use can affect soil health and runoff.
September 29 – Fresh Water
Water is one of the most important resource on our planet! Students will learn about the concepts and terms associated with the water cycle. We will investigate the stream’s health from the water’s edge and learn about the diversity of life that depends on it.
October 6 – Climate Change
From rising air temperature and sea level to fluctuations in weather patterns, we will gain knowledge in global warming and greenhouse gases. This week we’ll learn about renewable energy and ways each one of us can mitigate the impacts of global warming.
October 13
No program – Nature Adventure Camp is in session
October 27 – Ecosystems
In Hawaii we are lucky to be home to a plethora of different ecosystems! Students will be able to explore the ecosystems and habitats of Makiki and learn how species meet the different needs. We will take part in a biodiversity count to help determine the health of our ecosystem.
October 20 – Biomimicry
Looking at nature to help solve problems! Biomimicry is a fascinating way to observing “what works” in nature and mimicking it to solve problems, create, and innovate. We will look at old and new biomimicry ides to help inspire our own creative projects.
November 3 – Citizen Science
Citizen Science is a way people can contribute to scientific knowledge by collecting and submitting data. With the challenge of global climate change, Citizen Science is more important than ever. We can all take part and help scientists collect data as part of the scientific process.
November 10 – Stream Ecosystems
Time to examine the life in our Makiki stream. By catching animals with nets and traps, students can determine if the species found are having positive or native impacts on the stream ecosystem. Finishing with a service learning project, kids will be able give back to the valley.
November 17 – Native vs. Introduced
What is the difference between native and introduced, endemic or indigenous? We will learn about the 3 W’s and the arrival of Polynesian-introduced plants and animals. Exploring the valley, the students will determine if Makiki is home to more endemic or invasive species.
November 24 – Coastal Waters
Our attention will turn to the ocean as we learn about the organisms that occupy our Hawaiian coastlines. We will also look at the impacts humans are making to shorelines and how to care and be a part of the solution.
December 1 – Sustainability
This week we’ll learn about ways each one of us can make positive change and be part of the sustainable solution in our everyday lives. Hiking through our forests will teach us the value of trees as ‘carbon sinks’ and exploring our wonderful and beautiful natural landscapes and discussing ways we can help mitigate climate change and protect our ʻāina.
December 8 – Celebrating Life
After a semester of study and extensive exploration it’s time to celebrate the outdoors and all the treasures it holds. As we observe the unfolding of life around us we will take time to honor the bounty and beauty that sustains us all.

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

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. Administrative processing fees and 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. Mask must be worn outside of snack and lunch times. Daily temperature checks are conducted.  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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