Field Courses
The Teaching Change Program offers overnight, immersive field trips to remote native forest ecosystems for local middle and high school students. Our goal with these trips is to engage and inspire local students to become environmental stewards by exposing them to the natural and cultural heritage of Hawaiʻi’s native forest ecosystems, including the rare and endemic plants and birds that inhabit them.
Teaching Change Program, Hakalau Forest  National Wildlife Refuge
Teaching Change Program - Puʻu Waʻawaʻa - Nursery
Teaching Change Program, Budding Ohia Flower
Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge 
​Puʻu Waʻawaʻa
Kipuka
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Curriculum Content

Teaching Change Program, Mamane

  • ​Climate change science
  • Native species ecology & identification
  • Native restoration activities
  • Phenology monitoring
  • Interaction with scientists and managers
  • Cultural connections

Why we study Phenology

Teaching Change Program, Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge
Phenology is the science of recurring plant and animal lifecycles.​​​​ 

It is a simple but powerful way to simultaneously track species’ response to climate change.

It engages students in citizen science of regional and national importance.