Workshop To Focus On Marine Conservation

Teachers interested in conservation education have the chance to learn more during a professional development workshop that runs June 23, 25 and Aug. 23, coordinated by the Hawaii Green Collar Institute.

Applications are due May 30, and preference is given to teachers at Leeward schools.

The sessions provide educators with knowledge to pass along to their students regarding conservation careers, as well as teaching them activities to try with their classes. The teacher-students will visit various agencies that address marine conservation issues and will learn seaweed pressing and gyotaku (fish pressing).

“Recently, we held a similar workshop for high school students and realized that teachers, too, could benefit from this experience and exposure so that they could help more students discover new options for their careers,” stated Malama Learning Center executive and program director Pauline Sato.

“There are many ways one could contribute toward marine conservation, and every way is important. We want our local students to understand that and also that they can be part of the solution.”

Teachers will be required to volunteer with a marine conservation group for at least four hours and develop three lesson plans on related topics. Participants are eligible to receive three professional development credits upon completion all workshop requirements.

For more information and to apply, call Malama Learning Center at 692-8200, ext. 2267, visit, or email The program fee is $45, which includes supplies and lunch. Attendance is mandatory on all three days of the workshop.