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The Kōkeʻe Resource Conservation Program (KRCP) engages the public to protect Kauai's biodiversity by invasive plant removal.  Service learning projects connect all ages to nature by working in Kauai's magnificent but fragile native forest.  Hawaii has 33% of all endangered species in the U.S. yet receives only 5% of federal funding allotted for endangered species protection.  KRCP leverages funding with volunteers from around the world.  Since 1998, KRCP has removed 12.5 million weeds from over 12,000 acres with the help of over 32,000 volunteers.

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HOW TO VOLUNTEER

The Kōkeʻe Resource Conservation Program does primarily alien species control work in the forests throughout the Parks. This involves strenuous hiking and the use of herbicides. The program provides a framework for volunteers to be involved in preserving the spectacular natural resources of the area, and is sponsored by GIRC&D, Inc and supported by Kauaʻi State Parks with funding from the U.S. Fish Wildlife Service, the Hawaii Community Foundation, Natural Resources Conservation Service, National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, The Kauaʻi Watershed Alliance, Cooke Foundation and the U.S. Forest Service.

Click here to see videos of KRCP at work in the forest.

Rustic housing at the historic Kōkeʻe CCC Camp is available. Volunteers must have their own health insurance to stay here, the camp does not cover any accidents or illnesses. Volunteers are required to do light cleaning and maintenance of the camp. There's a large bunkhouse with beds, hot showers, and a fully equipped communal kitchen. The camp can accommodate up to 50 people. KRCP provides transport to and from the airport, and we can help volunteers get to the grocery store, post office etc., but the camp is isolated, 15 miles to the nearest town so you would have to find your own transportation to town on your days off if you wish to see the beaches and the rest of the island. There are an extensive network of trails in the park and we would be able direct you to the trail heads if you want to go backpacking in Kōkeʻe on your days off.

There is a public bus that goes around the island but they do not allow luggage over a certain size. There is NO bus station in Kōkeʻe! It is fifteen miles to the nearest bus stop. Please see www.kauai.gov link for bus restrictions.

The camp is very nice facility set in the forests of Kōkeʻe. But it can sometimes get very lonely here and you must have some emotional self-sufficiency to enjoy it. Staff does not live at the camp and sometimes there are no other volunteers staying here.

We do not have an evening program for the camp and you must be able to entertain yourself in the evening.