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Summer Environmental Science Program for High School Students


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The Pacific Center for Environmental Studies (PaCES)
and Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB)

The PaCES/HIMB Summer Environmental Science Program for High School Students, jointly operated by the Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology and Windward Community College's Pacific Center for Environmental Studies, is a six-week program that educates and trains Hawai‘i high school juniors and seniors in environmental science methods and research.

The program embraces an integrated ecosystems approach by examining the Kaneohe Bay watershed from ridge to reef. Applying this approach, participating students learn about basic environmental science concepts, water quality analyses, stream assessment, coral reef monitoring, molecular applications to environmental science, and traditional and modern resource management practices. Important themes to this program are ahupua‘a and stewardship. A key element to the program is the development of group research projects in which the students define and study an environmental research problem. To learn more about the program please visit our website at:

Please join us in supporting our students at the PaCES/HIMB Summer Program 2009 Symposium on Saturday August 1 in Palikū Theatre on the Windward Community College campus. The students from the program will be making presentations of their group project results.

Refreshments will be available beginning 8:00am. The formal program will begin promptly at 8:30am.

There will be a keynote presentation on "Science and the Past, Present, and Future of Coral Reefs" by our guest speaker, Mr. Dave Raney, Chair, Sierra Club Coral Reef Working Group, Sierra Club National Marine Wildlife and Habitat Action Team, followed by the student group research presentations.

Following these presentations there will be awarding of certificates and a chance to meet some of the teachers and students participating in the program.

Light snacks and beverages will be provided as well.

We expect the festivities to conclude about 12:00 noon.

Please R.S.V.P. by contacting Dave Krupp via email ( or office telephone (236-9121).