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Conservation Week

image of students digging.

Conservation Week 2016 takes place from 10–18 September.

Capture your students' natural curiosity about the world they live in, and raise awareness about Aotearoa/New Zealand, by involving them in this year’s Conservation Week.

For schools, Conservation Week provides an opportunity to explore the living world strand of the science curriculum, the concepts of place and environment in the social sciences curriculum, the future focus issue of sustainability, and values such as community and participation, and care for the environment.

Tou rourou, toku rourou, ka ora te Iwi

With your contribution, and my contribution, we will thrive

Teaching resources and inspiration

Conservation Week 2016
The official Department Of Conservation website for Conservation Week 2016 offers information, competitions, a daily quiz, and conservation week events to support your involvement.

Education for sustainability
This resource helps teachers to engage students in learning about sustainability and to encourage them to act sustainably and contribute to New Zealand’s well-being. It makes connections between the learning areas, vision, principles, values, and key competencies of The New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa.

Enviroschools foundation
The Enviroschools foundation supports an action-based approach to education through which children and young people plan, design, and implement sustainable projects, and become catalysts for change in their families, whānau, and the wider community.

LEARNZ is a free online programme for students at curriculum levels 2-8, targeting science, geography, social studies, arts and technology. See the site for current virtual field trips and a list of field trips for the coming year. Each field trip website has background resources, student activities, teacher support, and curriculum ideas to prepare students for a 3-4 day interactive experience.

Meet the Locals
This TVNZ series follows different local conservation issues and projects and is available to watch on YouTube.

Understanding kaitiakitanga - Te ara: The encyclopedia of New Zealand
This section of the Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand has links and information about kaitiakitanga, a way of managing the environment, based on the traditional Māori world view. It explores the concepts of guardianship, protection, preservation, and sheltering. The page can be viewed in English or te reo Māori.

Caring for the environment Te tiaki i te taiao
Te ao kori (the world of movement) is a Māori celebration of life through movement and its many expressions, and is part of the health and physical education learning area. In this series of lesson plans, the natural environment is explored through a Māori perspective, using the framework of te ao kori.

In this primary level unit with an education for enterprise theme, students can explore how human actions can have both a positive and negative impact on the natural environment. They take a "walk and talk" tour in their local community.

School Journal resources

Use Journal surf to search for journal stories with a conservation theme. Four that would work well to support this learning are:

"Water Worries" by Rachael McMillan
L3, April 2012.
Teacher notes for "Water Worries".

"How Big is your Footprint?" by Norman Bilbrough
Pt 3, No 1, 2011
Teacher notes for "How Big is your Footprint".

"Save our Sand Dunes" by Philippa Werry
Pt 2, No 3, 2010
Teacher notes for "Save our Sand Dunes".

"A New Home for Mokomoko" by Vanessa Hatley-Owen
Junior Journal 43
Teacher notes for "A New Home for Mokomoko"

"Kaitiaki of the Stream" by Pātaka Moore and Monique Lagan
L2, October 2013, Year 4.
Teacher notes for "Kaitiaki of the Stream"

Connected resource

Hukanui Enviroschool by Rupert Alchin Connected 3, 2002, pages 16-21. Level: 2,3,4

Your students could get involved in some social action projects like the one described in this Connected article. A project could be developed in your area, in conjunction with local iwi, that encourages the community to explore and care for the conservation issues that are closest to home. This resource illustrates how a Connected article could provide a model for students to engage with science in the context of a real life issue.

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Oakura School: Students set up new homes for penguins
Oakura Community and the Department of Conservation (DOC) needed some assistance with a penguin project. So they went to the obvious place for help and approached the children at Oakura School.

Updated on: 26 Aug 2016