Explore the features of some of our most endangered birds and the recovery programmes, techniques and technology that is helping them survive.
Do some colouring in, make a kaleidocycle, or create your own animal masks. These activities feature some of our most-loved native animals.
This CD features 13 original songs in honour of our unique native birds.
These posters have fun facts about whio/blue duck, and why they are important.
Build a tree is a fun way to demonstrate how a tree functions.
Learn about your local marine and coastal environment through an estuary or rocky shore survey.
Use this resource to learn about conservation dogs, Predator Free 2050, biosecurity and how to take conservation action in your local community.
Create a new play area in your centre/school grounds, to enable children to find out more about plants and animals in your local natural places.
A nature scrapbook is a fun and creative activity that leaves you with somewhere to keep your treasured materials from nature.
This resource provides ideas and learning experiences to enhance the native and endemic biodiversity in your green space.
Use this resource to experience birds in your school grounds or another local green space.
Use this resource to experience invertebrates (insects) in your school grounds or another local green space.
Use this resource to experience native trees in your school grounds or another local green space.
This year planner has been designed to help teachers plan various conservation activities throughout the school year.
Use this resource to learn about and develop connections to a local green space.
A series of posters to support learning about Auckland's unique animal life, and to encourage outdoor exploration.
This activity introduces the concepts of ecosystems, biodiversity and interdependence within the forest community, and human influences on these.
This outdoor activity encourages students think about the forest structure by comparing it to a house.
Learn about New Zealand’s wonderful freshwater ecosystems with these great board and card games brought to you by Hastings Central School.
This resource supports outdoor exploration of a local stream. Investigate the health of a local stream, and decide what conservation actions would improve the health of a local stream.
Play the 'making a rainstorm' game or create a collage to teach kids how living things use water.
Fun activities to introduce children to the concept of biodiversity (variety in nature).
This resource is designed to introduce secondary students to New Zealand’s extraordinary alpine environments, and support them to take action to help protect them.
Use this resource to investigate introduced predators in your school grounds or another local green space.
Use this resource to investigate weeds in your school grounds or another local green space.
Use this resource to uncover why the kākāpō is so important to New Zealand.
These posters and booklet include te reo Māori and English words and phrases about the environment: Te Ao o Tangaroa – Marine, Wai Māori – Fresh Water, Te Wao Nui a Tāne – flora, Te Tini a Tāne - fauna
This activity asks students to imagine they have the deed to their very own forest and their mission is to encourage native wildlife to the area.
LEARNZ virtual field trips are an engaging, curriculum-linked opportunity for students to experience some of New Zealand's special places.
A dramatic experiential game to feel the life in a tree.
Find resources for field trips to local hot spots.
This poster has details of the different types of whales, dolphins and seals in New Zealand and where they are found.
Watch Meet the Locals videos to learn about New Zealand's unique plants and animals, habitats and the people working to protect them.
Designed to pick up and go like a recipe card, these six 'nature taster' cards make it easy to get outdoors and use nature for teaching and learning.
Use these to support student viewing the albatross 'Royal cam'.
A list of conservation action ideas to support teachers to surround their students with as many positive experiences of being in nature as possible.
Explore the importance of sand dunes and the impact of losing them. Find out about the largest coastal plant protection programme in the southern hemisphere.
This activity is designed to introduce and re-enforce ideas about the impact of introduced predators. It could also be used for plant pests, and to show the relationships between living things in a community.
This activity introduces students to various ways people view and use our natural environments differently, and how people make decisions about access to and use of resources.
Inquiry unit | Levels: 1-4: Use this resource to learn how to protect our unique estuarine environments.
Use this resource to learn how to protect our unique marine environment.
Use this series of resources to encourage primary and intermediate students to go outdoors, explore and connect to a local green space (eg. school grounds, local park, etc).
This poster has been designed to help teachers plan, implement and take action on restoration projects throughout the school year.
This resource is based on braided rivers in the Mackenzie basin, but the concepts can be applied to rivers anywhere in New Zealand. Students will research topics such as disappearing river habitat, pest control, and food chains.
Explore the lives of seabirds and investigate the impact humans have on the ecology of seabirds, and the role seabirds play in their environment.
Get kids outdoors and exploring their environment using their five senses.
Explore some of New Zealand's volcanic geology, the consequences from their eruptions and the effect on local biodiversity. This resource also looks at the impacts of eco-tourism.
This resource is an integrated unit of teaching and learning material about the tāiko/black petrel and other seabirds, for use in primary schools.
Te whio mō ake tonu atu – he rauemi mā ngā Kura Kaupapa Māori
This document aligns conservation teaching and learning experiences to Te Whāriki principles and strands, to support teachers with planning.
This document provides ideas on how conservation can be incorporated across the New Zealand Curriculum, to support teachers with planning.
Find out how the wētā evolved, why it's threatened and how we are protecting this ancient insect. Students will see why the wētā is unique, assess recovery plans and find out how to improve living conditions for wētā in their own backyard.
Explore the features of some of our most endangered reptiles and the recovery programmes, techniques and technology that is helping them survive.
Explore the reasons for retaining and maintaining treasures from the past (hisorical sites).
Use this resource to plan and carry out successful environmental action, alongside your local community.
An activity programme designed to get kids off screens and into the outdoors. Learn about protecting our nature, earn cool rewards and go on epic adventures!
Follow Sylvie as she takes a holiday with Uncle Don the DOC ranger and learns about New Zealand's plants and animals along the way.
By focusing on the life cycle of whitebait, this bilingual online resource introduces concepts about biodiversity in freshwater, in a context that is relevant for students.
Wet Feet is about involving schools and communities in the care and restoration of freshwater systems.
The wetland life poster features native species living in a lowland swamp – birds, fish, invertebrates and plants.
Take your students on an amazing learning journey, discovering why the whio/blue duck is so important to New Zealand.
Find conservation activities you can do with children.
DOC supports a range of education programmes that get people involved with and promote conservation.
Find other New Zealand websites that support conservation teaching and learning.