This past August, a wildfire burned a total of 18,000 acres in South Kohala and…
Please consider making a contribution to our Learn, Plant, Grow initiative this year. You can read more about our program below or visit our webpage here.
Our Future Foresters program is an absolute joy to host! The students that participate in the program learn about the natural and cultural history of Waikoloa, they plant trees that will become the future forest of our ‘ili, and they grow as learners, as friends, and as stewards of the unique environment in their own backyard.
This year, we have more students enrolled in our Future Foresters program than ever before with 56 students per week, every week, throughout the school year! These students learn to identify plants, birds, and insects while exploring in the forest and our lessons encourage them to go deeper into the history, lifecycle and cultural relevance of these amazing creatures. They take field trips to inspiring places, and they make connections between the preserve that they know well and other efforts to protect natural resources on the island.
Education is a rewarding and important part of our strategy to preserve, protect and restore our native dry forest. By raising awareness, connecting people with place, and providing opportunities to experience the forest and participate in restoration, we are ensuring that there will be a community to support our efforts and to steward the forest into the future. Empowering people with knowledge and training has inspired many volunteers, classes, and businesses to join us in replanting the forest. The Future Foresters are some of our youngest participants, and they too, are making a real difference in the forest and in our community.
Thank you for considering a donation to support our educational programs. Future Foresters is always free to students and families and we strive to include as many students as we can by rotating children on the waiting list into the program when possible and visiting classrooms with our interactive lessons. Your contribution helps us to reach and teach these students with fun activities that convey the importance of environmental stewardship to the next generation!
Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative is an exempt organization as described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; EIN # 45-2589264
Your donation may be tax deductible.
Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative’s Learn, Plant, Grow program is supported in part by Hawai’i Tourism Authority’s Aloha ‘Aina Program.