Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Hawai'i Green Collar Institute 2016 Hidden Treasures of our Coastal Ecosystems Course for Leeward O'ahu Teachers
October 22 & November 5, 2016
In this new course, grades 4-12 teachers will be able to learn about what makes our coastal ecosystems in Hawai‘i so special specifically with a focus on the ‘Ewa Plain and Kalaeloa (Barber’s Point area) in particular. Subjects covered will include native Hawaiian plants and animals (both common and endangered), anchialine pools, ‘ōpae ‘ula (red shrimp), and avian fossils and the stories they tell. This course will give teachers the opportunity to learn first-hand from scientists and resource managers with a background in protecting these hidden coastal treasures. Activities for this professional development course will be composed of a diverse range of activities such as guest speakers and site visits on the topics of healthy coastline ecosystems and what we can do to conserve these places for future generations. Preference will be given to Leeward O‘ahu teachers of students in grades 4-12. Teachers successful in completing this course will receive 3 PDE3 credits. Thanks to our partnership with the Hawai’i State Teachers Association (HSTA), you can earn 3 PD credits by completing the full requirements of the course. The dates are October 22 and November 5, 2016 plus a half-day volunteer experience of your choice related to marine or coastal conservation. Mahalo to the Disney Conservation Fund and HSTA for supporting this course.
Hawai'i Green Collar Institute 2016 Exploring the Mālama 'Āina Field School Course for Leeward O'ahu Teachers
May 7 & July 15, 2016 + 2 dates in June and July
Back by popular demand, we are offering this course again this summer! Join us to explore the techniques and strategies behind the Mālama ʻĀina Field School (Field School) at Nānākuli, a program we have been coordinating for the past three years. The curriculum spanning mauka to makai engages students in team-based hands-on activities that inspire investigation and learning, as well as self- and community pride. It also integrates real-world learning as students visit sites both in their communities and outside, guided by environmental and cultural professionals. Thanks to our partnership with the Hawai’i State Teachers Association (HSTA), you can earn 3 PD credits by completing the full requirements of the course. The dates are May 7 and July 15 plus two dates in June and July (of your choice) during the Field School. Mahalo to the Kamehameha Schools Ka Pua Initiative, the Marisla Fund of the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation, and HSTA for supporting this course.
Hawai'i Green Collar Institute Spring 2016 Session on Wai'anae Wetland & Watershed for Leeward O'ahu High School Students
March 17-19 & 21-22, 2016
This HGCI session for high school students from Leeward and West O‘ahu focuses on environmental issues in your community and future jobs in “green collar” careers during Spring Intersession break. The focus of this session is on protecting our wetlands and watersheds. There will be field trips, hands-on activities, talk story sessions with professionals in this field, and memorable learning experiences! This session of HGCI is conducted by Mālama Learning Center in partnership with Leeward Community College Hālau 'Ike O Pu'uloa. Funding is provided generously by the Environmental Protection Agency's Local Grants Program.
Hawai'i Green Collar Institute 'A'ole (No) Marine Debris Course for Leeward O'ahu Teachers
March 28 & April 9, 2016
Connecting Students to All Subject Areas Through Ocean Conservation
In this new course, grades K-12 teachers will learn about various types of marine debris and what can be done to improve environmental conditions so that the ocean, marine life, and people are healthy. This course will give teachers the opportunity to learn first-hand from scientists, resource managers, and community practitioners working on issues related with marine debris in which students could be engaged to become 21st century problem solvers. This course will be composed of a diverse range of activities such as guest speakers and site visits on the topics of marine debris reduction and prevention, healthy coastline ecosystems, and overall ahupuaʻa (watershed health). Teachers will practice hands-on lesson plans that have a STEAM (Science, Technology Engineering, Art, Math) approach. Dates for this course are: Monday March 28, 2016, Saturday April 9, 2016, and a half-day volunteer field experience of each participant’s choice with an organization that focuses on marine conservation. Mahalo to the NOAA Marine Debris Program and the Hawai'i State Teachers Association for supporting this course.