On September 23, 2016, The Teaching Change program and DOFAW co-hosted a Bio-cultural Blitz at the Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a unit
Hawaii Experimental Tropical Forest on Hawai‘i Island.
Some 250 West Hawai‘i 4th-graders spent the day learning about environmental science topics, careers in natural resource management and conservation, and the cultural significance of the area. Over 100 teachers, chaperones, and community leaders provided logistical support for the students, while 15 biologists from partnering agencies staffed educational and activity booths focusing on topics from entomology and botany to geology and wildlife science.
Students learned about field sampling techniques for plants and insects, how to detect and observe birds, native Hawaiian perspectives on dry forest conservation and management, the geology and soils of Pu‘uwa‘awa‘a, and why managers try to control invasive species.