Learning field trip
Through a partnership with The Kohala Center’s Hawaii Island Meaningful Outdoor Experiences for Students program, Innovations Public Charter School middle school students recently learned about and cared for Hawaii’s endangered dryland forest ecosystem. During the overnight experience, students gained a cultural understanding when kumu shared moolelo of how the landforms were named.
Students conducted hands-on science investigations related to their inquiry-based questions about dryland forest habitat. Additionally, students documented plants’ base diameter, height and overall health to add to a growing database of native outplantings at Puuwaawaa.