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Maui Invasive Species Committee hosts teacher workshop over fall break

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Waikamoi 2019: Teacher workshop participants in 2019 embark on a guided educational hike through The Nature Conservancy’s Waikamoi Preserve. MISC’s two-day workshop in October will feature a huakaʻi to the Preserve, along with lessons about Hawaiʻi’s watersheds, invasive species, and Haleakalā’s ecology for teachers to utilize back in the classroom. Registration is open until September 14 and can be found at Photo: MISC

The Maui Invasive Species Committee is holding a teacher development workshop for K-12 teachers and environmental educators on Oct. 6 and 7, featuring the place-based Hōʻike o Haleakalā curriculum.

The curriculum features multi-disciplinary science lessons rooted in Hawai’i and is designed to engage students in the study of the unique ecosystems of our islands.

The classroom portion of the workshop will begin on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, at the Maui Invasive Species Committee’s Baseyard at Old Maui High School. It will cover lessons from the curriculum’s Alpine/Aeolian, Rainforest, and Coastal Modules; engage participants in hands-on activities from the curriculum, and feature guest speakers from partnering conservation organizations.


Participants will then attend a huakaʻi (field trip) to The Nature Conservancy’s Waikamoi Preserve the following day. Waikamoi Preserve is one of Hawaiʻi’s last remaining native ecosystems and provides an important sanctuary for hundreds of native Hawaiian plants and animals, many of which are endangered.

The Preserve also protects part of the 100,000-acre East Maui Watershed, which provides 60 billion gallons of clean water annually to Maui’s residents, businesses, and agricultural community. Teacher workshop participants will embark on an educational guided hike on the Preserve’s boardwalk trail, which is only accessible by reservation for guided hikes, educational trips, and research opportunities.

The registration fee for the two-day workshop is $45. Lunch is provided on both days, and all participants will receive tools and resources after the workshop to use in their classrooms to help students learn more about Hawaiʻi’s natural world.


To learn more and register, visit All registration forms, waivers, and registration fees must be received by Sept. 14, 2022. For questions, contact Serena Fukushima, MISC Public Relations and Education Specialist, at 808-344-2756 or [email protected]


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