Introduction

Field trip | Levels 2-7: Students can visit one of the amazing forests in the Bay of Plenty region and learn more about the forest environment, native plants and animals.

For this 'Exploring the Forest’ teaching resource students can visit one of the amazing forests in the Bay of Plenty region and learn more about the forest environment, native plants and animals.

It is designed for use in any forest park or scenic reserve, but you can also use it alongside the Lake Okataina Scenic Reserve and the Whirinaki Te Pua-a-Tāne Conservation Park field trip resources.

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  • Exploring the Forest cover and table of contents (PDF, 391K)
  • Using this resource (PDF, 423K)
  • Teachers' resources (PDF, 313K)
  • Worksheet activities (PDF, 248K)
  • Teacher templates (PDF, 183K)
  • Activity templates (PDF, 1875K)
  • Curriculum links (PDF, 211K)
  • Planning a trip in the outdoors (PDF, 107K)
  • Useful resources (PDF, 120K)
  • About the resource

    This environmental resource is designed to give you ideas for planning exciting and experiential learning activities outside the classroom in a forest environment. It is one of many specially designed environmental education resources that focus on areas managed by the Department of Conservation. These ‘super sites’ are ideal for learning about forests, endangered species, lakes and geothermal environments.

    This kit provides site location maps, pre- and post-visit activities for your outdoor education experience and includes safety considerations and background reading for teachers. Curriculum links are provided and a series of teacher’s study sheets covering a range of topics.

    ‘Exploring the Forest’ is designed for use in any forest park or scenic reserve, but you can also use it alongside the Lake Okataina Scenic Reserve Kit and the Whirinaki Forest Park Kit.

    Learning areas

    • Science
    • Social sciences
    • Health and PE

    Learning outcomes 

    Primary:

    • Learn about the structure of a native forest and the relationships that exist within it.
    • Develop an appreciation of walking in the bush as a recreational activity.
    • Social sciences: Students will research the Maori myths (specifically nga atua kaitiaki – the guardian gods) linked to the native forests of Aotearoa.

    Secondary:

    • Students will compare in a debate the different perspectives of a development
    • Students will identify different organisms in the ecosystem
    • Students will gain knowledge of predator prey relationships in this environment.

    Links to curriculum 

    Primary:

    • Science: Nature of science: Investigating in science
    • Health and PE: Personal health and physical development
    • Social sciences: Place and environment

    Secondary:

    • Science: Ecology
    • Social sciences: Place and environment
    • Health and PE: Personal health and physical development

    Topics

    • Forests and green spaces
    • Native animals
    • Native plants

    Contact

    Rotorua Office
    Phone:   +64 7 349 7400
    Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
    Email:   rotorua@doc.govt.nz
    Address:   99 Sala Street
    Rotorua 3010
    Postal Address:   PO Box 1146
    Rotorua 3040

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