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Hawaii is a wonderful natural laboratory to study environmental Earth system science, and to investigate the complexities and outcomes of the relationship between humans and the natural world. 

The 10-week Hawaii Program takes place on the islands of Hawaii and Kauai. For six weeks we explore and study the Big Island of Hawaii. We are based out of two locations: two weeks at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park followed by a move to the town of Waimea. The next two weeks we transition to Kauai where we will examine two unique areas: the Grand Canyon of Waimea and the North Shore, where we will work with local groups of the Waipa Foundation and Limahuli Garden and Preserve. Following our time on Kauai we will return to Waimea on the Big Island to complete the course.

This is an island program. While we will work with numerous local groups, we will spend the majority of our time living and working together. Up to twenty students will participate in the program.