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School Tours

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General Information

Lyon Arboretum offers various tours for school-aged children, many of which meet the HCPPS requirements for the State of Hawai’i. Please find all school tour descriptions below.

Preschool Plants Field Trip (Pre-K: Ages 3 – 5)

This 1.5 hour field trip tour includes activities in the Children’s Garden and a short walk through the Herb and Spice Garden. Children experience the distinct fragrances, textures, and colors of the garden, hunt for leaf shapes and patterns, and plant seeds to take home.

Field trip activities support Hawai΄i Preschool Content Standards, approved by the School Readiness Task Force. 

Plants and Me Field Trip (K)

Through a plant products match, children discover that food, clothing, medicine, and other familiar products can be made from plants found in our spice garden. We will focus on how people use plants in their daily lives and during a hike students will discover some of their favorite plants (including vanilla, cacao, kalo and mint). Each child will plant seeds to take home and grow their very own plant.

Kindergarten HCPS III benchmarks targeted for this field trip:

  • Science K.1.1 Scientific Inquiry Use the senses to make observations.
  • Science K.1.2 Scientific Inquiry Ask questions about the world around them.
  • Science K.4.1 Science, Technology, and Society Identify differences between living and non-living things.
  • Science K.6.1 Nature of Matter Classify objects by their attributes (e.g., physical properties, materials of which they are made).
  • Social Studies K.8.1 Limited Resources and Choice Explain people’s basic needs and how they fulfill them.
  • Physical Education K-2.2.2 Safety and Play Etiquette Identify basic rules for safe participation in physical activities.

Discover Plants Field Trip (K-1)

On this field trip, students discover parts of a plant and develop an understanding of plants as living organisms. With hands-on activities, rich literature connections and scientific observation, children explore the ways plants are alike and different. Students classify leaves, compare, describe and measure roots and stems, learn the functions of plant parts, and plant seeds to take home. Aligned with the National and Hawai`i State Science Standards. This field trip is supported by a classroom resource kit.

Kindergarten HCPS III benchmarks targeted for this field trip:

  • Science K.1.1 Scientific Inquiry Use the senses to make observations.
  • Science K.3.1 Interdependence Identify similarities and differences between plants and animals.
  • Science K.4.1 Interdependence Identify differences between living and non-living things.
  • Science K.6.1 Nature of Matter Classify objects by their attributes.
  • Math K.9.1 Patterns Demonstrate repeating patterns involving shapes, objects, sounds, and movements.
  • Math K.11.1 Data Collection and Representation Sort objects or people according to stated attributes.
  • Math K.5.1 Geometric Shapes and Their Properties and Relationships Identify common geometric shapes (e.g., circle, square, rectangle, triangle).
  • Physical Education K-2.2.2 Safety and Play Etiquette Identify basic rules for safe participation in physical activities.

Interdependence Field Trip (Grade 2-3)

Partners for Growing Science Unit Students explore relationships between plants and animals in a Hawaiian forest community. Field trip activities include an invertebrate hunt, a plant defenses lab, and a rainforest hike. Aligned with the National and Hawai`i State Science Standards. This field trip is supported by a classroom resource kit.

2nd grade HCPS III benchmarks targeted for this field trip:

  • Science 2.1.1 Scientific Inquiry Develop predictions based on observations.
  • Science 2.1.2 Scientific Inquiry Conduct a simple investigation using a systematic process safely to test a prediction.
  • Science 2.3.1 Interdependence Describe how animals depend on plants and animals.
  • Science 2.4.1 Classification Explain how plants and animals go through life cycles.
  • Science 2.5.1 Unity and Diversity Identify distinct environments and the different kinds of organisms each environment supports.
  • Science 2.8.2 Earth Materials Identify the limited supply of natural resources and how they can be extended through conservation, reuse, and recycling.
  • Social Studies 2.7.4 Environment and Society Analyze and demonstrate ways to protect and preserve the local environment.
  • Social Studies 2.51 Rights and Responsibilities Demonstrate own roles and responsibilities in caring for others and the environment.
  • Social Studies 2.52 Environment And Society Describe a variety of the earth’s natural resources (e.g., water, forests, and oil) and ways in which people use them.
  • Math 2.11.1 Data Collection and Representation Pose questions, collect data, and display the data using a graph (e.g., bar graphs, pictographs).
  • Math 2.12.1 Data Interpretation Interpret data displayed in a bar graph and describe how the important features of the data set are represented in a bar graph.
  • Physical Education 2.2.2 Safety and Play Etiquette Identify basic rules for safe participation in physical activities.
  • Physical Education 2.3.1 Individual, Dual, and Lifetime Activities Participate regularly in physical activities.
  • Physical Education 2.1.1 Fundamental Skills Use basic locomotor skills in initial (immature) form along, with a partner, and in small groups.

3rd grade HCPS III benchmarks targeted for this field trip:

  • Science 3.1.1 Scientific Inquiry Pose a question and develop a hypothesis based on observations.
  • Science 3.1.2 Scientific Inquiry Safely collect and analyze data to answer a question.
  • Science 3.3.1 Interdependence Describe how plants depend on animals.
  • Science 3.4.1 Cells, Tissues, Organs, and Organ Systems Compare distinct structures of living things that help them to survive Compare distinct structures of living things that help them to survive.
  • Social Studies 3.5.1 Unity and Diversity Describe the relationship between structure and function in organisms.
  • Social Studies 3.7.4 Environment and Society Examine the ways in which people modify the physical environment and the effects of these changes.
  • Math 3.1.1.1 Data Collection and Representation Pose questions, collect data using surveys, and organize the data into tables and graphs.
  • Math 3.11.2 Data Collection and Representation Organize and represent data in more than one way (e.g., tallies, chart, tables, bar graphs, line plots, line graphs).
  • Math 3.12.1 Data Interpretation Interpret data (e.g., tallies, chart, tables, bar graphs, line plots) and state what the representation shows about the set of data.
  • Math 3.13.1 Predictions and Inferences Answer questions based on data represented in graphs.
  • Physical Education 3.5.1.1 Fundamental Skills Use locomotor and non-locomotor skills in a mature (proper) form Physical Education 3.5.2.2 Safety and Play Etiquette Identify procedures for safe participation in physical activities.

Art in Nature’s Garden (Grades 2-4)

Using the elements of design and the language of the arts, students are introduced to some exciting ways to learn about, enjoy and appreciate the wonders of our tropical environment. Observation skills are sharpened as students use our waterproof, digital cameras to capture garden images that depict line, shape, color, texture, and patterns. Students write haiku and create leaf collages from found materials gathered on a hike into the rainforest. We provide you with a cd with the student’s photos after the field trip. This field trip is supported by a classroom resource kit.

2nd grade HCPS III benchmarks targeted for this field trip:

  • How the Arts are Organized Use the element of space and the principles of repetition and variety, with a variety of art media
  • Math 2.6.2 Symmetry Recognize line symmetry in plane figures and create pictures with line symmetry
  • Language Arts 2.1.3 Alphabetic Understanding Apply syllabication and knowledge of word structure to recognize two- and three-syllable words
  • Language Arts 2.5.1 Meaning Choose and maintain a focus in a single piece of writing
  • Language Arts 2.5.2 Design Add details from personal experience to elaborate upon and amplify ideas
  • Language Arts 2.5.4 Clarity Use specific nouns and adjectives to describe people, places, things, or events
  • Social Studies 2.5.1 Rights and Responsibilities Demonstrate own roles and responsibilities in caring for others and the environment
  • Social Studies 3.7.4 Environment and Society Examine the ways in which people modify the physical environment and the effects of these changes
  • Physical Education 2.2.2 Safety and Play Etiquette Identify basic rules for safe participation in physical activities
  • Physical Education 2.3.1 Individual, Dual, and Lifetime Activities Participate regularly in physical activities
  • Physical Education 2.1.1 Fundamental Skills Use basic locomotor skills in initial (immature) form alone, with a partner, and in small groups

3rd grade HCPS III benchmarks targeted for this field trip:

  • LA.3.1.1 Use knowledge of sounds and letters to decode regular multi-syllabic words
  • Language Arts 3.1.3 Vocabulary and Concept Development
  • Use new grade-appropriate vocabulary, including homophones and homographs, introduced in stories, informational texts, word study, and reading
  • LA.3.5.4 Use specific verbs and adverbs to describe people, places, things, or events
  • Fine Arts.3.1.1 How the Arts are Organized Use the elements and principles of art and design, including, value (i.e., tints and shades, analogous colors), line, rhythm, movement, proportion, and balance
  • Fine Arts 3.1.3 How the Arts Communicate Use observational skills in creating an original work of art
  • Physical Education 3.5.1.1 Fundamental Skills Use locomotor and non-locomotor skills in a mature (proper) form
  • Physical Education 3.5.2.2 Safety and Play Etiquette Identify procedures for safe participation in physical activities

4th grade HCPS III benchmarks targeted for this field trip:

  • Language Arts 4.1.1 Vocabulary and Concept Development Use new grade-appropriate vocabulary, including homophones and homographs, learned through reading and word study, including root words, affixes, and word origins
  • Language Arts 4.4.1 Range of Writing Write in a variety of grade-appropriate formats for a variety of purposes and audiences, such as: poems that provide insight into why the topic is memorable
  • Language Arts 4.5.1 Meaning Use appropriate facts and interesting details that develop the intended meaning and anticipate the needs of the audience
  • Language Arts 4.5.3 Clarity Use figurative language to emphasize meaning Fine Arts 4.1.1 How the Arts are Organized Use the elements and principles of art and design, such as emphasis, proportion, complementary colors, positive and negative space, and depth, to communicate an idea or mood
  • Physical Education 3.5.1.1 Fundamental Skills Use locomotor and non-locomotor skills in a mature (proper) form
  • Physical Education 3.5.2.2 Safety and Play Etiquette Identify procedures for safe participation in physical activities

Hawaiian Cultural Plants (Grades 2 and up)

On this field trip we will focus on plants utilized by the Polynesians for food, clothing, shelter and tools. Using the Beatrice Krauss Ethnobotanical Garden, students will get a chance to experience these culturally important plants. This field trip provides enrichment experiences for students currently in Hawaiian studies.

Canoe Plants Field Trip (Grades 3 – 4)

Grade 3 Social Studies:

  • Environment and Society Examine the ways in which people modify the physical environment and the effects of these changes.
  • Human Systems Examine the economic and geographic factors that influence why people migrate and where they settle.

Grade 4 Social Studies:

  • Early Hawaiian Society Explain the origins and culture of early Hawaiians.
  • Cultural Dynamics/Change and Continuity Describe how individuals or groups deal with conflict, cooperation, and interdependence within the ahupua’a.
  • Economic Interdependence Describe the economic interdependence among those living in the ahupua’a.

Ka Wai Ola: Mānoa Watershed Field Trip (Grade 4)

This field trip is grounded in Hawaiian cultural understandings of the importance of water. Students explore the historic watershed, and learn about the importance of water, the water cycle, island formation and erosional processes. Students participate in a biotic and abiotic survey of the Arboretum’s riparian environment, and learn about environmental change, historic use and human impacts. This field trip is supported by a classroom resource kit.

4th grade HCPS III benchmarks targeted for this field trip:

  • Science 4.2.1 Science Technology and Society Describe how the use of technology has influenced the economy, demography, and environment of Hawaii
  • Science 4.3.2 Interdependence Describe how an organism’s behavior is determined by its environment
  • Science 4.5.2 Unity and Diversity Describe the roles of various organisms in the same environment
  • Science 4.5.3 Unity and Diversity Describe how different organisms need specific environmental conditions to survive
  • Science 4.8.1 Forces that Shape the Earth Describe how slow processes sometimes shape and reshape the surface of the Earth
  • Social Studies 4.1.1 Cultural/Dynamic Change and Continuity Describe both change and continuity of aspects of Hawaiian culture
  • Social Studies 4.3.1 Early Hawaiian Society Explain the origins and culture of early Hawaiians
  • Social Studies 4.6.2 Describe how individuals or groups deal with conflict, cooperation, and interdependence within the ahupua’a
  • Social Studies 4.7.1 Places and Regions Identify the major geographic characteristics and demographics of the pre-contact Hawaiian archipelago, including its relative location to other major land masses
  • Social Studies 4.8.1 Economic Interdependence Describe the economic interdependence among those living in the ahupua’a
  • Math 4.13.1 Predictions and Inferences Propose and justify conclusions/predictions based on data

Saving Hawaii’s Endangered Plants (Grades 5 – 7)

Partners for Growing Science Unit Students are introduced to the biological sciences and plant reproduction by looking at a common problem in Hawaiian ecosystems: what happens when a pollinator has gone extinct? Learn some of the strategies and methods scientists are using to protect and propagate endangered plants. Students will collect and study pollen, observe pollinators in action and study and hike through the arboretum collections of endangered plants. This unit supports many cross-curriculum activities. This field trip is supported by a classroom resource kit.

5th grade HCPS III benchmarks targeted for this field trip and classroom investigation:

  • Science 5.1.1 Scientific Inquiry Identify the variables in scientific investigations and recognize the importance of controlling variables in scientific experiments
  • Science 5.1.2 Scientific Inquiry Formulate and defend conclusions based on evidence
  • Science 5.2.1 Unifying Concepts and Themes Use models and/or simulations to represent and investigate features of objects, events, and processes in the real world
  • Science 5.3.2 Interdependence Describe the interdependent relationships among producers, consumers, and decomposers in an ecosystem in terms of the cycles of matter

6th grade HCPS III benchmarks targeted for this field trip and classroom investigation:

  • Science 6.1.1 Scientific Inquiry Formulate a testable hypothesis that can be answered through a controlled experiment
  • Science 6.1.2 Scientific Inquiry Use appropriate tools, equipment, and techniques safely to collect, display, and analyze data
  • Science 6.2.1 Science, Technology, and Society Explain how technology has an impact on society and science
  • Science 6.2.2 Science, Technology, and Society Explain how the needs of society have influenced the development and use of technologies

7th grade HCPS III benchmarks targeted for this field trip and classroom investigation:

  • Science 7.3.2 Interdependence Explain the interaction and dependence of organisms on one another
  • Science 7.54 Unity and Diversity Analyze how organisms’ body structures contribute to their ability to survive and reproduce
  • Science 7.1.1 Scientific Inquiry Design
  • and safely conduct a scientific investigation to answer a question or test a hypothesis Science 7.1.2 Scientific Inquiry Explain the importance of replicable trials
  • Science 7.1.3 Scientific Knowledge Explain the need to revise conclusions and explanations based on new scientific evidence
  • Science 7.2.1 Science, Technology, and Society Explain the use of reliable print and electronic sources to provide scientific information and evidence
  • Science 7.3.1 Cycles of Matter and Energy Explain how energy moves through food webs, including the roles of photosynthesis and cellular respiration
  • Science 7.3.2 Interdependence Explain the interaction and dependence of organisms on one another
  • Science 7.3.3 Interdependence Explain how biotic and abiotic factors affect the carrying capacity and sustainability of an ecosystem

Rainforest Field Trip (K-8)

Take your class on a hike in the rainforest. Let them experience first-hand the canopy layers, the diversity of life and the myriad plants and animals living in our own tropical rainforest. We will look at plant adaptations, discuss the issues of deforestation, introduced and invasive species and go on a rainforest scavenger hunt. This field trip can be adapted to fit grades K-8.

Kindergarten Science:

  • Scientific Inquiry: Use the senses to make observations Grade 1 Science
  • Cycles of Matter and Energy: Identify the requirements of plants and animals to survive (e.g., food, air, light, water)

Grade 2 & 3 Science:

  • Interdependence: Describe how plants depend on animals

Grade 4 Science:

  • Cycles of Matter and Energy: Explain how simple food chains and food webs can be traced back to plants.
  • Unity and Diversity Describe the roles of various organisms in the same environment.

Grade 5 Science:

  • Interdependence: Describe the interdependent relationships among producers, consumers, and decomposers in an ecosystem in terms of the cycles of matter.

Grade 7 Science:

  • Interdependence: Explain the interaction and dependence of organisms on one another .
  • Interdependence: Explain how biotic and abiotic factors affect the carrying capacity and sustainability of an ecosystem.