Arekatera Turia out walking
Image: Kim Turia | DOC


Habitat Heroes encourages young people to explore a local natural environment and think about how they can make a difference. Closes 29 September 2017.

About the 2017 competition

To enter, groups of two or more students need to:

  1. Get outside – explore and investigate the health of a local natural environment.
  2. Get their teacher/group leader to register your group online
  3. 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.
  4. Email their entry to 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.
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.

Curriculum resources

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.

2016 winners

Congratulations to our four winners who will receive $750 to contribute to their conservation action project.

Green and Marine Heroes

Tairua School, Coromandel Peninsula – students have developed action plans to help save native species in their area, such as Archey's frog, native gecko, fernbird/matata, New Zealand dotterel/ tūturiwhatu and native weta.
Tairua School's video entries on YouTube.

Green Heroes

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?

Stream Heroes

Lynmore Primary School, Rotorua – students are taking action to restore Waitawa Stream.
Waitawa Stream restoration

Green Heroes

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.

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