In partnership with Ecology Project International, the 8th grade science expedition is designed to immerse students the natural beauty of Hawaii and help them develop the tools to address critical conservation and restoration issues. Students will, learn about the unique ecology of Hawaii by working on several research projects and assist restorations efforts. Students will look at these projects through a cultural lens and learn about ancient Hawaiian practices that are being used by these projects to restore the environment. Embedding this experience in a unique environmental and human landscape provides our students with a powerful opportunity to engage conservation issues within a cultural context that is unique to Hawaii.

Sample Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive on Maui
• Fly into Kahului Airport and meet your EPI instructor team
• Transfer to Olowalu to camp
Days 2-3: Snorkeling & Marine Life Research
• Practice your snorkel skills on West Maui’s rich reef ecosystem and learn the local fish species
• Visit with a local family and community leaders to learn about a community-managed marine area in the town of Lahaina
• Conduct fish species presence/absence data collection while snorkeling
• Participate in reef restoration activities, like planting endemic seaweed (limu)
Day 4: Honokowai Valley Restoration & Cultural Exchange
• Travel upland to one of West Maui’s historic agricultural valleys and lend a hand removing invasive species and restoring native plant species
• Rebuild rock terrace taro patches, or lo’i kalo, and meet local high school students to learn about life on the island
Days 5-6: Sea Turtle Surveys
• Conduct in-water snorkel transects with Hawaii Wildlife Fund researchers to monitor hawksbill and green sea turtles
• Camp on the beach and take turns searching for nesting female hawksbills at night
• Monitor nests to document eruptions and assist hatchling emergence
Day 7: Waihe’e Coastal Dunes & Wetlands Refuge
• Camp at a wildlife refuge on Maui’s lush north-west coast
• Help restore wetlands habitat that is critical for the survival of endangered shore birds, like the
Hawaiian stilt
• Learn how ancient Hawaiians developed the most advanced aquaculture practices in the Pacific by helping to restore a traditional fish pond, or loko i’a
Day 8: Haleakala National Park
• Depart camp early and drive up to the summit of Haleakala volcano at 10,000ft above sea level.
• Hike down into the volcanic crater and experience a breathtaking cinder desert ecosystem
• Study the unique ecology of endemic plant communities that exist nowhere else on Earth
Day 9: Depart for Home

Trip Information for 2017

Trip Dates:  June 24 – July 2, 2017
Trip Cost: $3,395.00 includes
Trip Leader: Deanna Semenza
Chaperone: Lima Fa’agata 
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Located on Upper West Side of New York City, Trinity School is a college preparatory, coeducational independent school for grades K-12. Since 1709, Trinity has provided a world-class education to its students with rigorous academics and outstanding programs in athletics, the arts, peer leadership, and global travel.