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Garden Education Programs

student visitorsThe Garden's main purpose is to serve as an educational center for all visitors, and most especially for teaching young children. The trails themselves provide an "outdoor classroom" of living plants. Signs along the trails identify plants and trees by common and botanical names, as well as country of origin. Some signs relate legends connected with particular plants and tell stories of Garden landmarks.

The Garden has a special program that offers free admission to all Hawaii schoolchildren and their teachers. If you would like to sign up your class please use our On-line Form.

The Garden would like to thank our recent participants in the program including:

The Dan & Pauline Lutkenhouse and HTBG Scholarship Fund

Each year, The Garden contributes funds to the Hawaii Community Foundation to benefit children residing on our Hamakua Coast.

The Founders created this Fund to benefit the youth of the community in which they live. Eligibility criteria require that applicants be residents of the Hilo Coast or Hamakua Coast, north of the Wailuku River; Students must major in agriculture, sciences, medicine or nursing, or plan to learn a recognized trade.

Girl Scouts of America

Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden is now an active participant with the girl scoutsGirl Scouts of America. We offer age-appropriate curricula for Daisy, Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts to maximize their use of the Garden's educational resources.

While in the Garden, the girls partake in activities such as plant rubbings, leaf hunts, palm sketches and seed identification. Upon satisfactory completion of their assignments, they earn an environmental merit badge.

Thank you cards from Hawaii Students

Thank you cards from Hawaii Schoolchildren

A Thank You Card from Davyn Randall, student at Keaau H.S.

Thank you cards from Hawaii Schoolchildren

A Thank You from Skye at Mid-Pacific School in Honolulu

Thank you cards from Hawaii Schoolchildren

A Thank You Card from Kia Jenkins-Rathburn, student at Keaau H.S.

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Become a Member

All Members are admitted to the Garden free of charge for the duration of their membership term. Enjoy the satisfaction of knowing that you have contributed toward preserving a garden of rare natural beauty and supporting an educational institution for the benefit of our future generations. Your contribution is tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

Corprate Donations and Matching Programs

The Garden is registered with Benevity, the global leader in online workplace giving, matching, volunteering and integrated grant management solutions. Some of the world's most iconic brands rely on Benevity's award-winning solutions to power their Goodness Programs and corporate philanthropy, helping them attract, retain and engage today's workers by connecting people personally to causes that matter to them.

Join at our Front Desk or contact our Guest Services - Memberships for more information at 808-964-5233