About the 2017 competition
Habitat Heroes encourages young people to explore a local natural environment and think about how they can make a difference. The 2017 competition will be taking place in New Zealand between 18 April 2017 and 29 September 2017.
To enter, groups of two or more students need to:
- Get outside – explore and investigate the health of a local natural environment.
- Get their teacher/group leader to register your group online.
- Share a summary of their work on any online channel (school blog, YouTube, Facebook, etc.) to be in to win one of six prizes. Students need to share:
- learning and experiences outdoors, in particular, the observations regarding the health of the local environment
- ideas and an intended action that could be taken to improve the health of the local environment.
- Email their entry to conservED@doc.govt.nz. This could be a weblink to their blog, video, photos, PowerPoint presentation, or a PDF document. Students could also post the entry on social media with the hashtag #HabitatHeroes.
Note, entries do not have to be new investigations, they can be already existing projects being completed by a group.
Further information in the Terms and conditions.
Teaching and learning resources
How to be a Habitat Hero poster (PDF, 1,076K)
How to be a Habitat Hero poster
The How to be a Habitat Hero poster (PDF, 1,076K) is a suggested learning sequence based on the DOC inquiry cycle. This guides you through the competition.
Habitat Heroes curriculum resources will help guide teachers and group leaders.
The resources include various hands-on activity ideas to help understand and explore your local area.
Habitat Heroes discussion group
Use the Habitat Heroes discussion group on The Pond website to share your ideas for outdoor learning experiences and conservation action projects.
Congratulations to our four winners who will receive $750 to contribute to their conservation action project.
Country Creche, Hamilton – the centre is working towards developing a native area in their grounds to attract native weta and birds.
Is our playground insect friendly?
Lynmore Primary School, Rotorua – students are taking action to restore Waitawa Stream.
Waitawa Stream restoration
Green and Marine Heroes
Tairua School, Tairua – students have developed action plans to help save local native species such as the Archey's frog, gecko, fernbird, New Zealand dotterel and weta.
Conservation of local native species
15th Invercargill Company Girls Brigade Juniors, Invercargill – the group conducted an investigation in their local green space and identified that it is not very healthy. They are planning to clean up the area.
Green space investigation
Some fantastic 2016 entries
Thanks to all the groups who participated in the competition.