On the Kalaeloa Unit, volunteers bring local college and university students to learn firsthand about the problems and challenges related to restoration techniques and management of native coastal habitats. Students from as far away as Japan have lent a hand in invasive plant removal and endangered and native plant restoration.  

A nonprofit organization works with students at the Honouliuli Unit teaching wetland community ecology, which includes wetland food webs; plant, animal, and invertebrate habitats; and waterbird behavior. The Honouliuli Unit serves as the site of Hawai‘i Nature Center's third grade wetlands education program. During the fall semester, thousands of students learn about the recovery of Hawai‘i's waterbirds and the value of wetlands. The Honouliuli Unit plays host to over 4,000 third grade students annually during the nonbreeding season of the ae‘o.