Brown Environmental Leadership Lab: Hawai'i
Hawaiian Ecology and Culture for High School Students
2015 Program Dates
Saturday, March 21 - Sunday, March 29, 2015
For students currently in
grades 10, 11 & 12 with a
minimum age of 15 at time
Note: BELL Hawai’i is a physically active program involving significant time outdoors, including hiking, swimming and snorkeling.
Residential: There is no commuter option for this program.
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This spring, Brown University offers curious high school students a unique opportunity to explore Hawaiian culture, tropical ecology, and leadership skills. Traveling from the mountains to the sea, students will explore the Big Island’s diverse terrestrial and marine ecosystems, studying geology, forest ecology, aquatic life, cultural studies, and land use.
Participants will stay at two scenic locations during the course, Volcanoes National Park and the South Kona Coast. These sites are not only of important cultural significance but provide easy access to the dynamic, living laboratory that is Hawai’i . Leadership content is integrated into this immersive course, enabling students to develop and practice socially responsible leadership both during the program and beyond.
Did you know?
- The Hawaiian Islands are the most isolated, inhabited place in the world: 2,400 miles from California; 3,800 miles from Japan; and 2,400 miles from Marquesas Islands.
- One-third of all endangered species in the United States are in Hawai‘i.
- The Hawaiian alphabet consists of thirteen letters including: a, e, i, o, u, h, k, l, m, n, p, w, and ' ('okina).
- Kilauea has been erupting continuously since 1983 and due to its lava flow, the Big Island is increasing in size by over forty acres a year.
October 29, 2015
You may be aware that there is an active lava flow on the Big Island of Hawai'i. The flow is currently over 12 miles from the Volcanoes National Park and moving in the opposite direction of our accommodations within the Park and those on the west side of the Island near Kealakekua Bay. Even in the unlikely event that the flow is still active in March, at its current and expected trajectory, it will not reach either of our sites.
We will continue to monitor conditions prior to program start date, and of course, while we are on island.
For additional information, please visit http://www.nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/lava2.htm