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Brown Environmental Leadership Laboratory

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BELL: Hawai'i

This course is no longer being offered.

Course Description

This March, Brown University offers outstanding high school students an opportunity to study marine science, volcanology, and culture in one of the earth’s most incredible places: the living laboratory of Hawai'i’s Big Island. The Big Island contains eleven of the world’s thirteen climate zones in just over 4,000 square miles of terrain, including dry coastal desert, some of the wettest spots on earth, snow-capped mountains, volcanoes, and coral reef systems.



The program focuses on the interdependence of land, sea, and the life systems they support. The first half of this course will take place in Volcano National Park, where students will explore the dynamic geological processes which continue to shape the island. The second part of the program is based on the beach north of Kona providing the perfect site for investigating marine life and the ways in which the sea has transformed life on the Island.



Brown has partnered with The Kohala Center to offer this competitive program for exceptionally motivated pre-college students with interests in science, leadership, and cultural studies. The Kohala Center links together a diverse network of Island-based institutions with expertise in the physical and cultural sciences, politics, education, and history. Brown University and The Kohala Center are committed to helping Hawai'i Island residents preserve and enhance the intellectual, cultural, and natural assets of the Island.