Save Our Native Hawaiian Plants

Save Our Native Hawaiian Plants
We feel the need to protect Native Hawaiian plants, because they are one of a kind. Native Hawaiian plants are essential to our islands’ ecosystem, food chains, and history. Native Hawaiian plants are being overtaken by invasive species. If there are no more Native Hawaiian plants, then our whole ecosystem will be unbalanced. This project is important to Sacred Hearts Academy and the community, because it helps the environment. We want to help others to understand how to perpetuate the tradition of caring for Native Hawaiian plants. Outside resources have helped our project by giving us more information on our topic so that we could be well-educated, sensitive, and conscientious stewards of our ‘aina (land). Mentors and experts helped add quality to our project by making it more professional, accurate, and hands-on. This project helped us make learning more meaningful, fun, and memorable. We needed experts, plant experts, field trips, gardening tools, helping hands, all of our knowledge, school buses, books, the computer, pictures, cameras, and adult supervision to comp. After this project, we were able to help educate and inspire others. We are going to use this for the rest of our life. Our project goals were to UNDERSTAND why they are important, to BUILD relationships within the community in an effort to save native Hawaiian plants, to EDUCATE others about how to save them, and to PROMOTE the cause to save them.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Community Service: Lyon Arboretum

The sixth graders in Digital Media Club visited the Lyon Arboretum today to interview experts and help plant Native Hawaiian seedlings. They are producing a documentary on why it is important to save Native Hawaiian plants and teaching the public how to care for them. They had a rare opportunity to visit the labs where endangered Native Hawaiian species are and also interview scientists. Afterwards, they planted some Native Hawaiian plants at the Lyon Arboretum. They planted more than 20 new plants! By the time these sixth graders reach high school, these plants will be taller than them. In a joint effort with the Lyon Arboretum, the Digital Media Club is creating a video for their website, for Endangered Species Day, and also their Disney Planet Challenge project which will help bring awareness to conservation efforts for our Native Hawaiian plants.

Click on the link below to watch their slideshow!

  Disney Planet Challenge

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