2022 Hawai‘i Teacher Workshops in Conservation Science Application
The Keauhou Bird Conservation Center (KBCC) and Community Engagement team at the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance (SDZWA) thank you for your interest in applying to join us for the third ever Hawai‘i Teacher Workshops in Conservation Science.
Where: Kilauea Military Camp (KMC) at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park
When: Thursday, March 17 - Sunday, March 20th (overnight!)
What: A free, fun, unique 4 days and 3 nights of professional development at KMC with a visit to KBCC
Who: 6th-8th grade Hawai‘i Island and Kauai educators, or informal, pre-service educators, and administrators who work with those grade bands
Keep in mind: We’d love for you to apply with a partner from your school/institution if possible! **Each applicant must fill out their own application**
KBCC has successfully bred and released endangered Hawaiian birds into the wild for over 20 years and is currently supported by SDZWA which houses the largest zoo-based research team in the world. The Community Engagement team at SDZWA has offered a free professional development program called Teacher Workshops in Conservation Science every summer for the past 16 years at our research headquarters next to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in California.
In order to make our curriculum more accessible to educators the Community Engagement team piloted our first-ever Hawai‘i based Teacher Workshops in Conservation Science in 2018. This brought 21 teachers from around Hawai‘i Island together for four days of conservation science and inquiry along with a visit to Keauhou Bird Conservation Center (KBCC). In 2019, we continued this work, engaging another 23 educators from the island, and in 2020, postponed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Community Engagement team and KBCC staff are excited to continue growing this partnership in March 2022 with 24 of Hawai‘i Island and Kauai's middle school educators! Learn more about the amazing work of KBCC here:
Our program is meant for any educators who engage 6th-8th grade students on the islands of Hawai‘i and Kauai but is also appropriate for informal educators, pre-service teachers, and administrators who support these age groups. Even if you don't teach science in a formal setting, this program has something for you, and we hope you will apply!
Our program date for the 2022 Hawai‘i Teacher Workshops in Conservation Science is March 17th-20th. If helpful, you can find a pre-written justification letter to edit and share with your principal/supervisor here:
If possible, we ask that you apply with a partner from your school or organization so that you have built-in support when you want to try new things. *Each team member must fill out their own application.*
Grant-funding for this free residential program include all meals and lodging for the duration of the workshop, in addition to program fees, special experiences, and materials, including a visit to the Keauhou Bird Conservation Center, operated by San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance. We will spend all four days and three nights of the program, Thursday, March 17th-Sunday, March 20th, at the Kilauea Military Camp in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. To help offset transportation and childcare costs during the workshop, we are also excited to offer a $250 stipend to all participants upon full completion of the workshop!
When making acceptances, we strive for a diverse representation of years of teaching experience, formal and informal educators, science and non-science subjects, and Title 1 and non Title 1 schools, while also weighing responses to the personal statement question found at the end of the application.
Acceptance decisions will be sent via email in February.
Please fill out the following form to apply to our 2022 Hawai‘i Teacher Workshops in Conservation Science! This should take approximately 10 minutes. Start by listing an email address that you check frequently. We will use it to contact you if you have been accepted to the workshop. Please add our email (
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*Please note that any non-identifying information provided in this application may be presented, in aggregate and anonymized form, to describe the applicant and participant pool for the Teacher Workshop program in presentations, grant reports, conference materials, or publications. Personal and identifying information will never be shared with outside organizations or persons. By submitting this application, you consent to information being shared through the venues listed above. If you have questions or concerns about how the data in the application may be used, you may contact our reviewing body: the Research Ethics and Integrity Office at Miami University at (513) 529-3600 or
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2019 Hawai‘i Teacher Workshops participants at KBCC
How did you hear about Teacher Workshops? (Please select all that apply)
Email from the San Diego Zoo
Do you claim membership in one or more of the following groups whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate has been severe and longstanding? (Please select all that apply)
I do not
Alaska Natives (Aleut, Eskimo, or other Indigenous People of Alaska)
Native American Indian
Native Pacific Islanders (Hawaiian/Polynesian/Micronesian)
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Do you have a partner applicant?
Have you found a partner or two at your site who are also interested in conservation? You can also apply as a solo applicant, although we do recommend finding a buddy to apply with!
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