Mālamalama Waldorf Students Excited by Student Learning Project

Mālamalama Waldorf School’s 5th & 6th graders took part in a service-learning project in Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a as part of their Botany section of study. Students participated in a “web of life” activity highlighting the interconnections of ecosystems, helping the students understand that all parts of an ecosystem relate to each other.

 Students also engaged in an out planting of endangered, native, Hala pepe, Uhiuhi and Wiliwili seedlings, led by Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a Coordinator Elliott Parsons. Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a is part of the USDA Forest Service, Hawai‘i Experimental Tropical Forest (HETF).

 Dr. Susan Cordell, research ecologist from the Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry (IPIF), in Hilo, accompanied the students. Cordell, studies dry forests in Hawai‘i and spoke to students about endemic and invasive plant species and the importance of tropical dry forest conservation and restoration.

 “It’s so nice when the children are given the opportunity to leave the classroom and gain hands-on experience in the field”, said Cordell.

Waldorf Education strives to provide experiential learning experiences for its students by utilizing community specialists in their field.

Mālamalama Waldorf School is the only non-sectarian, non-denominational independent school offering the internationally recognized Waldorf curriculum in Hawaii County. Visit www.hawaiiwaldorf.com.

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