Even among the most beautiful beaches in the world, plastic and other litter reaches our shores. At South Point (green sand!) campers collect, sort, and inventory litter for the data to be added to a state-wide data base.
When lava causes a tree to fall, a mold of the tree in the lava is sometimes left behind after the lava cools. Can data about the way these trees fell provide data to help predict the direction of future lava flows? Campers collect data to help scientists study this issue.
Campers have opportunities to swim and snorkel at some of Hawaii's most amazing beaches, including nearby Punalu'u Black Sand Beach.
How is human health related to the health of the food we eat? Campers dissect squid and open albatross bolus to learn what's in our food chain.
Campers collect data at nearby Punalu'u beach that is used to monitor change in the size of the beach, the make-up of the sand, the slope of the beach, and wildlife numbers.
Whether watching these magnificent (and endangered) creatures sunning themselves above water or gliding gracefully through the waters, campers have the rare chance to observe these animals in the wild.
Kilauea Volcano provides a unique opportunity for campers to see and understand many of the aspects of volcanism up close. They look out over a lava lake, down into the vent of a recent crater, and feel the heat of steam rising from a crack in the ground.
Campers work with scientists and students from the University of Hawaii at Hilo collecting water quality data, conducting fish counts, and coral reef growth.
* Note: program and field trip destinations subject to change.