Connecting TOURISM professionals with CONSERVATION professionals
May, 12th 9am-12pm
Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary – Kīhei Campus.
Special Guest Speaker: Jeff Bagshaw from DLNR
May, 22nd 1pm-4pm
Pacific Whale Foundation in Maʻalaea
Special Guest Speaker: Kimberly Thayer from West Maui Mountains Watershed Partnership
Environmental interpretation plays a significant role in nature-based tourism and is mutually beneficial to tour operators, visitors, conservation groups, and the nature-based tourism economy. Maui Mauka Conservation Awareness Trainings for Nature-based Tour Operators is a new program funded by the Hawaii Tourism Authority. The program’s goal is to provide conservation professionals with an effective way to communicate information about the species and environments they are working to protect to the tour operators and guides who work in or near these environments and who educate visitors about East Maui. The program is a partnership between East Maui Watershed Partnership, Maui Invasive Species Committee, and Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project.
- A new opportunity to learn from conservation professionals about current projects.
- 15 incredible “WOW!” statements you can share with your guests about the forests of Haleakala, native forest birds, habitat restoration, unique plants, and how Maui is addressing invasive species concerns.
- Information presented in an entertaining format, customized for tour guides.