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Pre K-12 Education

Keiki o ka ʻAina - Nature Adventure Camps

Keiki o ka ʻAina (KOKA) is a nature adventure camp offered for children living on the island of Kauaʻi. They provide a wide range of activities which primarily take place in NTBG's gardens in the Lawaʻi Valley. The goal of the camps is to teach children about natural resources and Polynesian culture through outdoor recreation that includes nature activities, environmental games, and garden exploration. Camps are usually five-day sessions.

Garden As Classroom

NTBG Gardens are classrooms of infinite possibility. Public and private school groups are invited to schedule field trips and learning opportunities for place-based, science-based, and culturally-based education sessions. The Garden as a Classroom Program provides students hands-on learning opportunities and engagement with the natural environment. Garden as a Classroom is a customized program that can accommodate any school group’s individual needs.

Junior Restoration Team

The Junior Restoration Team program builds on the fundamentals established in the Garden As Classroom program and takes conservation education to the next level of hands-on participation. This program brings middle and high school students to selected sites to participate in ecological restoration projects. The students come periodically throughout the school year to complete all phases of the restoration project. Emphasis is on teamwork: group problem-solving, cooperation on physically demanding tasks, and open discussion of the concepts and results. The program is currently held at NTBG’s Kauaʻi gardens and preserves and other selected project sites.

Kōkua ʻAina Youth Internship

NTBG’s Kōkua ʻAina Youth Internship is designed to provide participants with experiential, hands-on opportunities in preparation for “green collar” career and educational goals, while gaining insight into their kuleana to malama ʻaina. The programmatic aim is to empower high school students (ages 14-19) to explore education and career options within the fields of horticulture/agriculture, conservation, botanical garden management, traditional Hawaiian knowledge, education, community development, and scientific research.

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