Scientific inquiry lab fieldtrips

HIMB has four inquiry based lab fieldtrips designed for high school science classes and groups. They are also appropriate for early undergraduates and non-science majors. Students work in teams to develop and test their own hypotheses on one of the following topics:

Ocean Acidification using coral skeletons and manipulating seawater pH with carbon dioxide gas to measure the effects on water hardness and calcium carbonate dissolution (year round). Download the lesson.

Marine Bioacoustics using hydrophones to listen and analyze the sounds of invertebrate interactions (year round). Download the lesson.

Sea Urchin Fertilization using collector urchins to test the effects of water quality on fertilization success and embryonic development (seasonal, please check availability). Download the lesson.

Squid Neuroethology using the Hawaiian bobtail squid to produce ethograms and examine the mechanics of animal behavior. Limited to 24 students per visit. Download the lesson.

Each lab is comprised of three sections:

Part I: First, teachers are provided with science background materials and a practice exercise that they complete with their class prior to coming to HIMB.

Part II: Next, a fieldtrip to HIMB where students will conduct their own experiments in the Marine Science Research Learning Center, including a short pre- and post- evaluation using iClicker.

Part III: Last, scientific communication in the form of discussion and lab presentations or reports done in the home classroom or as homework after the field trip.

For more information, download our brochure and waivers. To arrange a fieldtrip, teachers/educators should fill out our online inquiry form or contact us at

Once a fieldtrip is confirmed, please review our visitor instructions from He‘eia Kea Small Boat Harbor or Lilipuna Pier for details relating to the day of your visit.

Students listen with a hydrophone to snapping shrimp interactions during the Marine Bioacoustics Lab.

Injecting a collector urchin with potassium chloride to induce spawning as part of the Sea Urchin Fertilization Lab.