Huaka'i Educational Programs for Schools

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Make an adventure out of learning at Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park.


Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park provides excellent learning opportunities on diverse subjects such as biology, geology, and cultural history.

  • Virtual and in-person programs are offered Tuesdays through Fridays between 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Field trip length and location are flexible based on your groups needs. Please contact the education branch to discuss options.
  • All field trips are curriculum-based and free of charge; most take place at the summit of Kīlauea.
  • For every field trip, we require a 10 to 1, student to chaperone ratio.
  • Due to road safety concerns, large buses, defined as more than 26 feet in length and/or more than eight feet wide, are restricted from driving in most areas of the park. If you require a large bus for your education group, please contact us in advance before scheduling your visit.

Registration Process

  • To register for a Field Trip, or to request more information: e-mail us
  • Request a program at least six weeks in advance.
  • If you are interested in coordinating a self-guided experience without rangers, we have self-guided materials available that we can email to you.

Fee Waiver

National Park Service policy permits entrance fees to be waived for national and international academic institutions visiting parks for non-commercial educational purposes. However, Educational Fee Waivers are not issued automatically. Educational groups must apply and meet the criteria to receive a fee waiver.

Fee waiver must be submitted at least four weeks in advance. Please plan ahead!


Learn more about how to request for a education fee waiver by following this link.

Prepare for Your Ranger Led Field Trip

  • Prepare Ahead: Weather in the park is unpredictable. Come prepared with plastic rain gear, sturdy walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, water, and warm clothing for each person in your group.
  • Location: Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park is located on Highway 11, 28 miles south of Hilo, which is a 45 minute drive.
  • Health Hazards: Visitors with asthma, heart, or lung conditions should be aware that there may be high levels of volcanic sulfur fumes at times in the park, which may aggravate or induce severe medical conditions. Be sure students bring necessary medical supplies such as asthma inhalers and epipens.

    Please note: Because of the dynamic nature of the volcanoes in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park (e.g. eruptions, earthquakes, tsunami and fires etc.), programs may be cancelled without notice.

Last updated: March 20, 2024

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 52
Hawaii National Park, HI 96718


808 985-6011

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