The Earth Explorer program takes small groups of Maui based students age 7-12 on environmentally focused field trip days to enrich their learning and sense of connection to the island and their peers. Perfect for kids who need to be outdoors and socially engaged in meaningful ways. Located on Maui.
Educational excursions mauka to makai
Our educational excursions take students from mauka to makai through an engaging series of themes, lessons and activities that immerse them in the natural environment and support their growth. Our lessons center around agricultural sustainability, traditional values, creative expression, emotional intelligence and wilderness skills.
Our focus is on meaningful exploration, connection to the elements, group cooperative games and deepening inquiry and observation in nature and with peers. Students are encouraged to notice things in their environment – internally and externally – and work towards service and stewardship projects with environmental organization partners as well as local aunties and uncles.
Rewarding Capstone Projects
Capstone stewardship projects include tree planting, reef surveys, fishpond restoration, beach clean ups and cultural site revitalization.
Sample Field Day:
9:15-9:45- Meet at Pa’ia Youth and Cultural Center. Opening Circle and Game- Discussions around different kinds of natural cycles, what affects the quality of the water in the environment and the cycles of our own inner world. Playful rendition of freeze tag incorporating the different stages of water: ice, liquid and vapor.
9:45 – 10:15 – Transport to Field Site, Snack
10:15 – 11:00 – Wilderness Skill Activity – Water is life. it is critical for maintaining body function and core temperature. Where and how to aquire water in various environments. Is your water safe to drink? How to purify water using several methods.
11:00 – 11:45 – Science Experiment Rotation: Water quality testing of different pH’s throughout the field day – what affects pH? How do we make hypotheses and test them? What kind of data is the most important to collect? What questions are we trying to answer?
11:45 – 1:45 – Free Explore Time (Swimming, socializing, etc.), Lunch, Group Game
1:45 – 2:15 – Cultural Aspect Integration: Making observations (kilo) and using the 5 senses sharply. Connection to the environment through our feet/ being grounded and also through our voice in the learning or practicing of an oli or chant. Closing Share Circle
2:15 – 2:45 – Transport back to drop off site, good conversations and music in the van.
- Ideal Ages: Earth Explorers program is for students on Maui and appropriate for ages 7-12.
- Cost: $50/day or $200/mo.