MFBRP helps to connect our local community, our youth and our visitor industry with information about our native ecosystem, our endangered species, and the need for stringent biosecurity.
Maui Mauka Nature-Based Tourism Trainings – Connecting Tourism Professionals with Conservation Professionals to create a mutually beneficial relationship in nature-based tourism. Check out: https://www.mauimauka.org/resources for more resources.
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.
“The Pāhana ʻĀina Lupalupa (PAL) series of Hawaiian culture-based science readers (in both English and ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi) take keiki on a fascinating journey into the diverse environments that make Hawaiʻi the special place that it is. From high mountain forests shrouded in clouds to coastal waters teeming with life, your budding reader will discover the amazing diversity of Hawaiʻi’s ecosystems and their unique inhabitants.” See Kamehameha Publishing as well.
Symphony of the Hawaiian Birds aims to educate elementary and secondary students through science, music, and art to teach about Hawaii’s native bird species and the importance of conservation efforts. Documentary about the project here.