Education, internship opportunities announced

KALAHEO — The National Tropical Botanical Garden is accepting applications for its Environmental Journalism Program, Science Teachers Enrichment Program, and Horticulture Internship Program.

The three programs are offered independent of one another, each at NTBG’s national headquarters and gardens in Hawaii.

NTBG’s Environmental Journalism Program (May 1-5) is being offered on Kauai for journalists covering science and the environment in broadcast, print, and online media. The EJ Program provides a deep background in science-based tropical ecology, conservation, and related subjects in order to enhance the accuracy of reporting on environmental issues.

The five-day immersive program includes field trips and outdoor activities along with classroom discussions. Applications for the EJ Program are being accepted through March 1.

NTBG is also offering a Science Teachers Enrichment Program from June 26 to July 7 on Kauai in partnership with Kauai Community College, University of Hawaii. STEP is designed to enhance K-12 science teachers’ knowledge of current topics and trends in tropical biology and to equip educators with innovative teaching techniques using an inquiry-based approach.

Participants may be awarded up to three academic credits through the University of Hawaii at Mānoa Outreach College. Applications for STEP are being accepted through April 17.

NTBG’s Horticulture Internship Program is being offered (Aug. 21 to Nov. 17) as a work- study internship for college and university students and other adults interested in expanding their knowledge of horticulture as a career. Interns will work alongside staff on Kauai and at NTBG’s Kahanu Garden on Maui to care for and learn about NTBG’s living plant collections, including native Hawaiian species, breadfruit trees, and other tropical species.

The program includes hands-on training, lectures, and workshops on plant propagation, plant records, ethnobotany, restoration ecology, conservation, and other horticulture-related topics. Applications for HIP are being accepted through April 21.

For further information and to apply for all NTBG education programs online, visit


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