Education and Outreach Partners and Programs

Programs and partners that utilize the HETF for engagement opportunities are highlighted here. IPIF/HETF supports partner programs by coordinating, hosting and/or leading field or service learning trips, mentoring students and interns, providing camping supplies, personnel or travel support, and sharing scientific expertise with educators.

A selection of IPIF's partners and programs are highlighted below:

Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) Programs
YCC programs in Hawaii are administered by Kupu, a nonprofit community organization. The HETF has supported Kupu YCC summer teams since 2012. Team members (ages 17-20) complete hands-on fieldwork at various worksites during their 7 week program. The IPIF also supports individualized 8 week and year round YCC/AmeriCorps programs that work with USFS staff.

Forest TEAM Internship Program IPIF and the Hawaii Community College's Tropical Forest and Environmental Management Program (Forest TEAM) have worked in partnership since 2000 to provide undergraduates experiences in research and management of natural re-sources. These internships provide the opportunity for close mentorship by researchers and valuable hands-on, real world experience in research fields. This partnership has increased IPIF's ability to offer more internships in STEM fields and has resulted in an enriched and diverse USFS workplace. In 2013-2014, IPIF supported 8 Forest TEAM internships.

Manaulu Manowaiopae The USFS is a partner with Laupahoehoe Community Public Charter School (LCPCS) and works with the school's teachers and administration on ways to integrate curriculum with hands on experience both in and out of the classroom. Graduate student James Akau has been working with the LCPCS to increase student exposure to local natural and cultural resources, and teach conservation and restoration through the Manaulu Manowaiopae program.

Na Pua Noeau The Na Pua Noeau Summer Institute is a 2-week, all expenses paid, summer residential program on various University of Hawaii (UH) and college campuses for Native Hawaiian youth, grades 6-12, with theme-based classes led by instructors from multiple disciplines. The program's aim is to make the university and college campus a familiar place to students and their families so that the transition into higher education is seamless. The USFS partners with Na Pua Noeau at UH Hilo to offer a field-based course that explores the different landscapes of Hawaii Island by visiting various wahipana (storied places) including the HETF and connecting with those places to gain a better understanding and appreciation of our relationship to our island's natural resources. In 2013-2014 the program hosted 22 participants.

PIPES Program
The University of Hawaii at Hilo "Pacific Internship Programs for Exploring Science" (PIPES) serves as a matchmaker for student applicants, projects and funding. The Forest Service is considered exemplary among PIPES's partners for its outstanding mentors and long standing support.

HETF acts in partnership with the following organizations:

Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources
Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife
Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry
USDA Forest Service

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