It's beneficial to our Hawaiian Ecosystems for students to learn and interact with their environment.
We suggest teachers get kids outside, even just on the school's property. Apply for grants to buy binoculars or go on field trips. Look at Hawai'i Environmental Education Alliance's Grants Resources page. Teaching kids to use binoculars is fun and educational. Have them count the birds that they see and try to identify them. You can use our coloring sheets or even photos on our website to draw birds. What plants do these birds need to survive? How have their bills adapted to eating these plants? What's a watershed and how does it affect the ecosystem? Use compasses for a scavenger hunt outside the school. Leaf rubbings are a great way to learn about the different shapes of leaves. Having a native plant garden at the school is a great way to get students outside planting and learning about these plants!
Please teach your students about Hawai'i's unique native ecology. Many teachers are already doing this. Enjoy these resources and feel free to contact us for more information.
Maui Forest Bird Public Presentation. This is our current Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project public presentation. To have us present at an event, please contact us. Feel free to use the information to teach your students as well.