Hands-on, citizen science research projects are a powerful way for teachers and students to connect with the natural world, build an affinity for the health of the ecosystem, and challenges students to solve pressing real-world problems.  An additional benefit is the integration of modern scientific approaches and traditional cultural knowledge into a curriculum designed to foster a sense of place through a Hawaiian framework.

We hope to share the scientific equipment, training, and curriculum that would enable schools to participate in building a scientific database of information, in analyzing and interpreting data used to monitor and manage watershed health, and develop a greater scientific understanding of watershed biodiversity, climate, and issues such as infectious disease, flood mitigation, and pollution.