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The ‘Alala Reintroduction Community Inquiry Program provides Hawaii Island students the opportunity to examine firsthand the ecological significance of the ‘alala (Hawaiian crow) through the process of conservation inquiry. Students engage with SDZG researchers at the Keauhou Bird Conservation Center (KBCC) before designing and conducting their own ‘alala-enhanced native seed growing experiments on their campus. The program includes comprehensive professional development in open inquiry for Hawaii Island science teachers and fits well with Hawaii’s recent adoption of the NGSS. It also coincides perfectly with the timing of ongoing ‘alala reintroduction efforts, linking activities in the formal classroom to community-wide initiatives.

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