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94-415 Makapipipi St.

Mililani, HI 96789


Hawaii AgDiscovery Summer Program


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USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) partners with selected universities and colleges, including CTAHR, to deliver the AgDiscovery programs at different locations throughout the country. Hosted by UH Mānoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) , this unique summer program gives its teens, ages 14-17, a first-hand look at the many career paths open to them in agriculture and natural resource management, including plant and animal sciences, wildlife management and agribusiness.


CTAHR’s educators and researchers open their labs and experiment stations to the students, and APHIS sends professionals from its Plant Protection and Quarantine, Veterinary Services, Biotechnology Regulatory Services, and Wildlife Services branches. Other government agencies represented include the Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture and the Honolulu Zoo. Mari's Garden is thrilled to be involved in this project on the private sector.


Students chosen to participate in Hawaii AgDiscovery Program will gain life-changing experiences through hands-on laboratories, workshops, field trips, and character- and team-building activities. Students in past years have learned to perform water-quality analysis, use GPS devices, identify microorganisms under the microscope, extract DNA, color fabric using natural dyes, and tend taro in lo‘i. In addition to learning by doing, participants get to network with professionals across the agricultural spectrum and observe careers in ag and natural resources management.

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