Get outside with these great ideas created by Kiwi kids from across Aotearoa.
Motivate your kids to get outside. Here's an easy and fun way to keep track of how much time your kids are spending outdoors versus indoors, watching TV or on the computer.
Help stop the spread of weeds in New Zealand. Earn a Kiwi Guardians medal for becoming a warrior in the War of Weeds!
Use your detective skills and help us track down pests like rats, stoats and mice. Earn a Kiwi Guardians medal for becoming a Pest Detective!
Build a home for wētā to protect them from being eaten by rats, stoats, cats and hedgehogs.
Create your own nature journal/scrapbook and earn a Kiwi Guardians medal.
Listen carefully to nature and write your own poem.
Ideas to help you connect with and learn more about birds in your backyard.
Ideas to help you connect with and learn more about insects in your backyard.
Track the phases of the moon, and make a star wheel to identify constellations in the night sky above your home.
This booklet is full of practical ideas and activities for exploring nature with children, both in your own backyard or further afield.
Do some colouring in, make 3D birds or create your own face masks.
Enjoy time outside playing, dancing, walking, and having fun.
Using this ‘nature taster’ activity, children use their observation skills to understand the role of trees.
Help us promote what makes New Zealand special by telling your friends about something or somewhere you think is pretty cool. There’s heaps of ways you can help spread the word.
A new Kiwi Guardians activity for you to earn your Kiwi Guardians – Seed Grower medal.
How much do you know about New Zealand's natural places and the creatures in them? Test your knowledge with the kids' conservation quiz.
Use leaves to make patterns, colourful rubbings and prints.
An activity to introduce learners to the features of a leaf.
You can create a kākāpō sculpture using cardboard boxes.
Create a map of some interesting spots in your backyard and earn a Kiwi Guardians Kai-tā mahere - Map maker medal.
Watch Meet the Locals episodes to learn about New Zealand's wildlife, wild places and the people working to protect them.
Collect, describe, display and curate nature treasures from your own backyard, and begin to identify personal meanings and connections to nature.
Use nature to create a colour, shape, or sensory bingo card.
Go on a treasure hunt to find some weird and wonderful things out in nature.
This ‘nature taster’ activity aims to spark interest and connection with nature using your senses.
Research has shown that noting three good things in nature each day leads to an increase in nature connection, health and wellbeing.
The Outlook for Someday challenges young New Zealanders to make a sustainability-related film. Learn about current sustainability issues and use past films as inspiration to create your own.
With this activity, children can use storytelling to get creative in the backyard.
Print out and play this board game to learn about freshwater ecosystems.
See what fascinating things you can find out in nature.
Take a garden insect census to see if you have a good range of bugs and beetles in your backyard.
This activity book for youngsters on road trips follows Sylvie as she takes a holiday with Uncle Don the DOC ranger.
An experiential game highlighting the essential interdependence of living things.
Use the chart to find out what native species you most closely match.
Find resources to support conservation teaching and learning, and DOC supported education programmes you can get involved in.
An activity programme for kids to learn about nature and earn cool rewards.