Field trip | Levels: 3-4: Learn about marine life and carry out a marine survey in a local estuary.


Cover of the publication.

Published: June 2007

This is one of several MarineWatch programmes, which are about building relationships between people and the sea.

The Estuary survey involves the following:

  • Learning about marine life and marine surveying
  • A marine survey in the local estuarine environment
  • Learning about data entry and data manipulation
  • Presentation to the school or local community about what has been learnt – including a plan of action for protecting the local environment

The teaching and learning resources have been divided into individual activities to allow teachers to determine which aspects of the programme they wish to deliver.

Download the publication

Estuary survey teaching guide and activity sets (PDF, 6,100K)

The kit and teaching guide has a teaching and learning resource (including a range of learning activities), PowerPoint slides, spreadsheets, templates, identification aids and a MarineWatch certificate.

The complete kit is too large to download as a single PDF file. Below are the individual chapters:

About the resource

Learning levels

  • Primary
  • Secondary 


  • Native animals
  • Native plants 
  • Marine and coastal
  • Estuaries

Curriculum learning areas

  • Science
  • Social science

Publication information

Produced by Rika Milne for the Department of Conservation and MarineWatch

ISBN: 978-0-478-14231-0


Education Advisor

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Phone:   +64 4 471 0726
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   18 Manners Street
Wellington 6011
Postal Address:   PO Box 10420
Wellington 6143

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