learning experiences are enhanced by field trips to fresh
and brackish water south shore wetlands. Students study native
and migratory birds, native and invasive limu (seaweed), fish
and crabs, investigate a hypothesis, sample water quality
(pH, salinity, turbidity), and learn how to use GPS equipment
for GIS mapping. Students learn the role coastal wetlands
play in the protection of low-lying areas by buffering tsunami
and storm surge, and how wetlands collect sediment from upslope
erosion thereby mitigating degradation of near-shore resources.
wetland workshops are funded by the Maui Digital Bus Ho‘okuleana
Project For Educators. Classroom curriculum components
include scientific inquiry, environmental monitoring, island
stewardship, and appropriate technology use.
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