Endemic Endeavors Digital Resource Bundle


Lyon landscape on a sunny day“Endemic Endeavors” is a brand-new offering from Lyon Arboretum’s Education Department. Middle- and high school students can explore issues surrounding the native plants of Hawaiʻi with this set of place-based resources.

Increase your familiarity with the native plants of our islands with our introductory video and our “native plants and lookalikes” game. Grapple with the complexity of real-world conservation issues with our historical debate activity “Lyon’s Dilemma.” And, as a fun wrap-up, take our Buzzfeed-style personality quiz to learn your native Hawaiian plant-sona.

Your access fee goes to the Lyon Arboretum Education Department so we can continue to support Hawaii’s schools and our community by providing educational resources

What’s in the bundle?

  • This program was designed with the following NGSS standards in mind:
    • MS-LS4-4. Construct an explanation based on evidence that describes how genetic variations of traits in a population increase some individuals’ probability of surviving and reproducing in a specific environment.
    • HS-LS4-4. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how natural selection leads to adaptation of populations.
    • HS-LS4-5. Evaluate the evidence supporting claims that changes in environmental conditions may result in (1) increases in the number of individuals of some species, (2) the emergence of new species over time, and (3) the extinction of other species.
    • The resources provided are only examples of endemic and indigenous plants found in Hawaiʻi as well as examples of adaptations in these species and do not address the standards in depth.
  • Designed with in-person classroom use and distance learning in mind
  • Place-based resources focus on the unique flora of our islands
  • Interactive and fun!

The bundle includes

  • The “Lyon’s Dilemma” debate activity
  • A short 3-minute video about native plants, the differences between indigenous and endemic plants, and the characteristics of native plants found here in Hawaiʻi
  • Self-grading sorting game “Endemic, Indigenous, or Non-native?”
  • Interactive “Native Plants and Lookalikes” Google Slides activity
  • “What Native Hawaiian Plant are You?” a personality quiz where you and your students can discover your “plant-sona,” then learn more about your plant with our plant-sona guide.

How much does it cost, and how do I purchase it?

Our Endemic Endeavors Digital Resources bundle is available for $25.

We may be able to provide a subsidy for Title I schools.  The fee covers one license for one teacher, even if the teacher has multiple classes.

Historical view of Lyon ArboretumWe use the fees charged for access to these resources to keep our department afloat financially during this ongoing pandemic. We strive to keep costs for teachers and students low while still earning enough to support our department and continue producing materials for Hawaii’s schools and our community at large.

If you have any concerns about cost, even if your school is not Title I, please reach out to us at LyonEdu@hawaii.edu. (This email address will replace our old email address educationlyonarboretum@gmail.com, effective 1/1/23. Beginning 1/1/23, please use LyonEdu@hawaii.edu.)

How can I purchase it? You can buy it directly from us. Our Teachers Pay Teachers store is not currently open as we are looking for alternative platforms.

Direct Purchase Instructions

  1. Fill out our Google Form with your name, email address, phone number, and school name
  2. We will email you payment instructions
  3. After your payment has been received, we will email the digital resource bundle to you.

We understand that our direct purchase payment process is a little roundabout at this time. Thank you for your patience!

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How do the bundle and an in-person visit complement each other?

Children walk in a line into the forest

“Endemic Endeavors” is a brand-new offering from Lyon Arboretum, making its debut online through this bundle! As the bundle is place-based, especially “Lyon’s Dilemma,” an in-person visit to the Arboretum can bring the topics to life. Our in-person field trip programs Ka Wai Ola and the Arboretum Expedition are especially well-suited to complement “Endemic Endeavors.”

You can use the activities offered in this digital bundle as pre- or post-field trip activities, either to introduce the lesson or to review what you learned at the Arboretum. If you plan to use the digital bundle activities in your classroom prior to your in-person visit, please be sure to contact us (at LyonEdu@hawaii.edu. [This email address will replace our old email address educationlyonarboretum@gmail.com, effective 1/1/23. Beginning 1/1/23, please use LyonEdu@hawaii.edu.]) and let us know!

We would be thrilled to work with you to modify your in-person field trip to spend more time outside exploring the Arboretum, get up close and personal with the plants and places featured in the digital activities, or whatever best suits your class’s needs! Whether you want to spend the whole field trip outside or split your students’ time in- and outdoors, we are happy to accommodate you.

Do you have more resources like this?

Yes! Please visit our K-12 Education page for information about all our digital resources!

Contact us

Other questions, comments, or concerns? Please contact us at LyonEdu@hawaii.edu. (This email address will replace our old email address educationlyonarboretum@gmail.com, effective 1/1/23. Beginning 1/1/23, please use LyonEdu@hawaii.edu.). You can also call our Education Department office at 808-988-0461