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Field Trips

SACNAS Field Trips
The Explorer

The Explorer

As one of the most biologically diverse places on the planet, field trips invite The Explorer in you to take your conference experience out of the convention center and into the local community of Honolulu for a hands-on experience like no other. Browse options below and sign up before space runs out!

Field trips will be taking place Saturday, November 2 from 9:30am – 6:00pm.
  • You MUST be registered for the 2019 SACNAS conference before signing up, unless otherwise indicated.
  • SPACE IS LIMITED. Some field trips may have wait-list options. Field trip organizers will follow up with you directly.

National Security Agency (NSA) Site Visit

Saturday, November 2, 9:30am to 4:30pm

Thank you for your interest in NSA Hawaii’s Site Visit for 2019 SACNAS! The selected students will have a chance to interact with current NSA employees to learn about our work, our partnerships, and our jobs/internship opportunities. While we would love to host all interested students, space is limited. Be sure to complete the form as thorough and accurately as possible to increase your chances of being selected. Due to inherent security restrictions, all NSA employees, candidates for employment, and site visitors are required to hold U.S. Citizenship

A Day of Exploration with National Geographic

Saturday, November 2, 9:00am to 6:00pm

Join National Geographic Fellows Whitney Goodell and Jonatha Giddens on a field trip to Hawaii Pacific University’s Center for Marine Debris Research and Oceanic Institute and to visit the Polynesian Voyaging Society at Sand Island. Enjoy a day learning about ocean health, exploring tide pools near Makapu’u Point, scanning the ocean for humpback whales, and learning about the ancient Polynesian tradition of wayfinding. You’ll have the unique opportunity to see the voyaging canoes Hōkūleʻa, Hikianalia, and Hawaii Loa in dry dock as they prepare for upcoming voyages, and learn from an experienced navigator about sailing the Pacific without modern instruments. Lunch will be provided. Space is limited.

Día de la Física - Day of Physics

Saturday, November 2, 9:30am to 7:30pm

On this field trip, participants will travel to the Department of Physics and Astronomy at University of Hawai’i, Manoa for an opening welcome, scientific talks, lab tours, a closing dinner reception, and more! This field trip is all-inclusive and open to undergraduate and graduate students.

Día de la Física/Day of Physics is hosted by the National Society of Hispanic Physicists (NSHP), the Institute for Astronomy, and the Physics & Astronomy Department at the University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa.

Ecology & Evolution Field Trip

Saturday, November 2, 9:30am to 5:30pm

On this field trip we will visit one of the last remaining wetland areas on O’ahu, Pearl Harbor National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is vital to endangered wildlife and plants and we will help survey the unique small tidal pools and assist in protecting endangered plants in collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff. We will then visit Bishop Museum to enjoy a provided lunch and a behind-the-scenes tour from the collections staff. Our field trip will end with time for participants to visit the museum on their own before returning to the convention center.

Huakaʻi Ahupuaʻa: Tour of a Hawaiian Watershed

Saturday, November 2, 9:15am to 5:30pm

The primary goal of this excursion is to demonstrate how STEM can be taught through a Hawaiian culturally based lens. In particular, it will look at the traditional resource management of a watershed, or ahupuaʻa, and its impacts on traditional food production systems such as irrigated taro farms, loʻi, and fishponds, loko iʻa, and how this management integrates resources from ridge to reef. Additionally, participants will have an opportunity to engage in mini-workshops at each of the sites. The workshops will allow participants to work with current KS students in field activities related to a scientific investigation of an ahupuaʻa. Activities include but are not limited to water quality assessment, plant species ID, plankton ID and nutrient analysis. The huakaʻi will start with a visit to the Kamehameha schools and then move to 3 sites within the ahupuaʻa of Kailua and Kāneʻohe, Papahana Kuaola (taro farm), Nā Pōhaku o Hauwahine (historical/cultural site), and Waikalua Loko (fishpond).

University of Hawai'i at Manoa Field Trip

Saturday, November 2, 9:00am to 5:00pm

Come explore the beautiful University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM) campus and gain first hand knowledge about the innovative and engaging research and programs that have made this University an outstanding place to study and work. In this half- day tour, you will meet with the UHM preeminent scholars as they share their passion for STEM research and open their laboratories and facilities for viewing. You will also meet with UH STEM graduate students as they share their experiences working and studying at one of the most diverse Universities in the country. Lunch for all field trip participants will be provided.

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