Earth Guardian Explorers:
Outdoor Education Program

Integrative Project Based Learning with a Science & Cultural Lens

An Outdoor Educational Enrichment for Homeschool or Alternative Schooled Students to foster the connection to themselves, their peers and the natural environment. Our program provides ecological knowledge, scientific investigation, imagination, games, wilderness skills, Hawaiian Cultural learning and emotional intelligence.

 

Our Program Operates on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30-2:30, Pick and drop is at Haiku Community Center.  Financial Exchange is $200 / month for one day a week and $400 / month for two days a week. (Possibility of adding Fridays in the future)
 

We spend 3 hours during our field days participating in guided activities including: Science Experiments, Cultural Lessons, Wilderness Skills, Stewardship Activities and Share Circles. The other 2 hours in the field are open for natural exploration, swimming, climbing, hiking, socialization, play, inquiry-led discovery, group games and good conversations.

 

Schedule:

8:30-9:00 - Opening Oli & Share Circle, Games

9:00-9:30 - Travel to Field Site

9:30-11:30 - Field Research, Guided Ecological Activities, Movement (Hike/ Swim)

11:30-12:30 - Lunch / Free Time

12:30-1:30 - Afternoon Focus Time - Wilderness Skills, Hawaiian Culture

1:30-2:00 - Travel Back to Haiku

2:00-2:30 - Closing Share back, Story, Collect Field Notes, Game

 

Guided Freedom & Supported Creativity to Foster a Sense of Self and Place. The power of inquiry comes from: prompting students to ask their own questions; providing experiences where those curiosities can be met; sitting and moving with them as they synthesize and communicate their findings; and then - support them to create products, projects or stewardship actions that support their findings.

Each month we will follow the cycle of learning and flow through the elements with the lunar cycle (compass image attached). The children will help to guide where we go, and why, as we walk the pathway from inquiry to action. The goal is to have an outcome each month - a stewardship action, building project, written document or event - that they create as a group - as a response to their own interests and experiences.

 

This is powerful because it fosters their sense of curiosity, voice, and their individual importance and creativity. And - having to figure out how to make decisions as a group and work together with their peers ;)

There is limited space for this program with our passenger van. Please sign up using this registration form  and send deposit of first two classes ($100) to PayPal.me/KahuAina to reserve a seat (with a note with child's name and day/s of week). Please forward questions to earthguardian@kahuaina.org

 

We look forward to learning and growing with you and your 'ohana!

Sustainability in the 21st Century

Culture and Technology * Spirit and Science

We facilitate the environment and lessons for students to learn creatively. Guiding them to collaborate and integrate skills together. Our goal as educators is to spur our students’ curiosity and allow them to learn at their own pace. Honoring our roots and empowering each other to adapt and grow. Get in touch with us to learn more, or better yet, come by to experience first-hand. Call us for more information :)

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Class Enrichments

Engaging, Fun and Educational

Our Excursions and Outdoor Education Include Visiting Places Such As:

  • Iao Valley

  • Maui Bees Farm

  • Honopou Farms

  • Uncle George's Farm

  • Native Plant Nursery LLC

  • Waihee Dunes Sanctuary

  • Humpback Whale Sanctuary

  • Makawao Forest

  • La Perouse and Kealia Seabird Sanctuary

  • Olowalau Valley and Reef

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Tight Knit Community Learning

Our Ohana Bubble of 12 Students

Your 'Ohana is our 'Ohana. We care about the integrative health of each of our students. While keeping students safe, Teachers at The Earth Guardian Cooperative also go out of their way to engage their students and inspire them to enquire and learn. To be connected to each other and know how they actions ripple out.


The immersive class environment gives our students a chance to apply their unique skills and expand their horizons by learning something new at their own pace. There are limited places available in this particular cohort of students! Reach out today to learn more.

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Dedicated to Sustainable Communities

Kahu ʻAina: Earth Guardian Network provides an enriched and diverse learning environment for our students. Founded in 2020, our Environmental Education Cooperative is based out of Haiku and reflects the various backgrounds and cultures of the area. Our teachers are passionate, experienced and eager to pass on their knowledge to their students.

 

At Kahu ʻAina: Earth Guardian Network, we do our best to prepare our students for a rewarding and fulfilling holistic life. We believe that great education means much more than acquiring knowledge, and attach great importance to maintaining a close relationship with the Hawaiian community.

Lead teacher Liana Auli'i was born in Hawaii and has been an educator and coordinator for 15 years. Liana has a Masters of Science in Oceanography, has taught science and mathematics at multiple Charter Schools and has been a project coordinator for other environmental non -profit organizations before creating programs for Kahu 'Aina. She has been studying with her Hawaiian Cultural Kumu, Kekuhi Kealiikanakaole, with Halau 'Ohia for the last 4 years.

Are you ready to weave into community with us? Get in touch!

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