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Keiki kits & Garden guides

If you are bringing keiki to the Arboretum, or are just young at heart, consider purchasing a Lyon Arboretum Exploration Kit. Each kit includes a magnifying glass, crayons, and an activity booklet by our own Education Department to guide you and your family through a more in-depth exploration of the Arboretum. Enhance your exploration of the Arboretum on your next visit!

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Kits are $7 each and can be purchased at our Visitors Center on the day of your visit.

You can also pre-order a keiki kit through our online form. We recommend this option if you plan to come with your family during high-traffic times, such as school breaks. (Click here to learn more about the “order ahead” option.)

We are also offering our Garden Guide for adults. Deepen your appreciation for the Arboretum and its history with this new offering. The Garden Guide is $5 and is available at our Visitors Center. Check it out!

All proceeds will go to support the Education Department in bringing environmental education and outreach to Hawaiʻi’s keiki.


Teacher resources

Lyon Arboretum is pleased to offer digital resource bundles for teachers! You can purchase them directly from the Arboretum. Our Teachers Pay Teachers store is not currently open as we are looking for alternative platforms.

Our resources are place-based and all proceeds support Lyon Arboretum’s education and outreach programs. Mahalo nui loa for your support!

Title I Schools: We may be able to provide financial assistance to make our digital resources available to your classes at a reduced cost. Please email us for more information at educationlyonarboretum@gmail.com. Mahalo!

1st Grade – Sort It Out

“Sort It Out” is our Grade 1 field trip, which explores the concept of trait variation in plants. The digital bundle is a way to bring our ti leaf traits activity into your classroom, whether it’s in person or online. Students will practice recognizing similarities and differences using a familiar, local plant: ti! For more information, check out the Sort It Out Digital Resources Bundle page.

2nd Grade – Plants and Friends

“Plants and Friends” is our Grade 2 field trip which explores plant-animal interactions in pollination and seed dispersal. The digital bundle is a way to bring our seed dispersal lab activity into your classroom, whether it’s in person or online. For more information, check out the Plants and Friends Digital Resources page.

3rd Grade – Amazing Adaptations

This bundle features materials to help students and teachers explore adaptations that let plants survive in different habitats in our islands. For more information, check out the Amazing Adaptations Digital Resources page.

Middle- and High School – Endemic Endeavors

This all-new offering is designed for middle- and high school students explore the native plants of Hawaiʻi and grapple with a real-world conservation issue with our historical debate activity. This digital bundle is a place-based way to delve into the unique flora of our islands and the challenges our native species face. For more information, check out the Endemic Endeavors (Native Plants) Digital Resources Bundle page.


Other goodies

Keiki T-shirts and Greeting Cards from Eileen Towata & the Lyon Education Department

The Education Department is happy to be able to offer T-shirts and cards for sale. They were designed by local print artist Eileen Towata and donated to our department to help us raise funds to support our education and outreach programs. Only a limited number are available, so be sure to check them out before they’re gone! Learn more about ordering a keiki T-shirt or greeting card here.


Free downloadables

Postcards

Our pineapple postcard can be downloaded here (opens in a new tab)

Our “Thinking of you” stream postcard can be downloaded here (opens in a new tab)

Download our printable ʻohai postcard by clicking here (opens in a new tab)

Zoom Backgrounds

We also have some virtual zoom backgrounds for you to use!

To download, click the thumbnail image you like. It will open a larger version of the photo. Then, right-click and select “save image as…”

Or, download all the zoom backgrounds as JPGs in a .ZIP file by clicking here (opens to a Dropbox link).

Here is the Zoom help page about using virtual backgrounds.

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Contact us

You can contact us at educationlyonarboretum@gmail.com