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The Waikōloa Dry Forest Initiative is committed to offering enriching education programs for our community’s keiki. We aim to inspire children to discover their natural surroundings and become lifelong learners in nature. This hands-on, outdoor camp allows keiki to take a closer look at our storied ʻāina and the natural forces that connect people to place.

Only 10 spots are available per camp. Enrollment is based on a first-come, first-served basis. The registration site will open on Monday, May 10th at 9am. Please return at that time.

Program Schedule

The ʻĀina Explorers Summer Camp is a 4-day program that runs from 8:00am to 3:00pm Tuesday through Friday out of the Waikōloa Dry Forest Preserve. The Geology Camp is a 5-day camp that runs Tues-Sat with an overnight camping trip in Volcanoes National Park. All camps will include visits to other sites in our large passenger van. Parent drop off and pick up will be at the front of Quarry road near the Goodfellow tank. Students must be picked up by 3:00pm.

Safety Guidelines

WDFI is committed to doing our part to slow the spread of COVID-19. We will be implementing the following safety protocols to ensure that our students & staff remain safe.

  • WDFI staff will take student temperatures before being released by parents.
  • All students and staff are required to wear face masks at all times during our program.
  • Students and staff will adhere to social distancing guidelines during snack & lunch.
  • WDFI staff will provide hand sanitizer to students as they enter and before eating.
  • Outdoor classroom tables will be arranged to maintain physical distance between kids.
  • Our large passenger van will be sanitized daily.
  • The Geology Rocks camping trip requires students to share a cabin with 2-3 other students. Please note, we will not be requiring students to wear masks while they sleep.


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