Educational Support

For Teachers & Students

For DOE students in Hawaiʻi, there are limited opportunities to build STEM knowledge in natural resources career tracks, such as wildlife biology, conservation management, plant biology, and restoration ecology from a place-based perspective. Both the rise of opportunities in natural resource careers in Hawaiʻi and the strong affinity that many youth on rural Hawaiʻi Island have for learning outdoors was a prime motivation for creating Teaching Change. Based out of Hilo, Hawaiʻi, ​​​Teaching Change is an educational partnership between the Akaka Foundation for Tropical Forests, the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, and the USDA Forest Service. Our mission is to inspire local youth to be environmental stewards and to pursue post-secondary education and careers in Hawaiʻi in natural resource management.

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