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Host institution :
National Tropical Botanical Garden
Expert Speaker(s) :
Jackie Nielsen, Visitor Program Manager and NAI Certified Interpreter
learning Objectives :

Hawai’i and the greater Pacific region are considered hot spots of biodiversity and also of extinction. The mission of NTBG is to enrich life through discovery, scientific research, conservation, and education by perpetuating the survival of plants, ecosystems, and cultural knowledge of tropical regions.

Through our educational interactive and virtual program we take a look at our three gardens on Kauai (Allerton, McBryde and Limahuli) and tour the precious ecosystems within these magical lands. The goal of our experience together is to inspire student learners to wonder and explore the following questions/objectives:

- Why is biodiversity important?
- How do Hawaiians use plants and what significance do they have in their culture?
- How are plants important to you and our culture?
- What are Canoe Plants, and why are they different?
- What are native plants and why are they critically important?
- What is agroforestry and how is it different from general agricultural practices?

details :

Enrich life through discovery, scientific research, conservation, and education. Our virtual experience will help navigate complex processes into real life scenarios and beautiful natural imagery so the mind can absorb the importance of the lessons while engaging live with an expert.

During the VR Field Trip the speaker will explore the island of Kauai and NTBG’s three gardens on the garden isle. Within those gardens a deeper dive will be taken to look at the ecological significance of biodiversity and the importance of native plants, impact of introduced plants, and potential harmful effects of invasive species.

Student learners will be taken through example gardens of: agroforestry projects, canoe plants, blooming native trees, an ahupua’a (Hawaiian term for a large traditional socioeconomic, geologic, and climatic subdivision of land that allowed the Hawaiians to live with the land), and more.

grade level:
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Subjects :
Science, Botany, Hawaiian Studies, Native Plants, Agroforestry, Ethnobotany, Tropical Plants, Canoe Plants


Explore the natural beauty of Kauai. From the mountain to the sea, mauka to makai, join NTBG staff to learn why plants are critical to our survival and how you can help.


Duration :

40 Minutes

Platform :

Zoom, Google Hangouts

Class size :

Up to 30 Students

Price :