Introduction

Field trip | Levels: 2-6: Lake Okataina Scenic Reserve is a pristine natural area with native bush down to the waters edge. Students can study its cultural history, geology, pests, plants and animals.

Lake Okataina Scenic Reserve is 22 km north-east of Rotorua on Okataina Road, off State Highway 30.

The reserve is a pristine natural area with native bush down to the waters edge. It is rich in birdlife and contains fine examples of rimu, totara, rata and kahikatea.

There are numerous walks in the Lake Okataina area. The scenic reserve has a number of picnic spots, and the lake is safe for swimming.

This resource is designed to be used alongside the Bay of Plenty forests or Lake Okataina field trip resources, and provides background information of the area, and points out the special features and cultural history more specific to Lake Okataina Scenic Reserve.

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About the resource

This environmental education resource is designed to give you ideas for planning exciting and experiential learning activities outside the classroom.  It is one of six specially designed environmental education resources that focus on sites administered by the Department of Conservation in the Bay of Plenty. These ‘Super Sites’ are ideal for learning about forests, endangered species, lakes and geothermal environments.

This kit provides site location maps, pre-visit 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 pertinent to the area.

This resource is designed to be used alongside the “Exploring the Forest” or “Lake Okataina” resources, and provides background information of the area, and points out the special features and cultural history more specific to Lake Okataina Scenic Reserve.

Learning levels

  • Primary
  • Secondary

Learning areas

  • Science
  • Social science

Learning outcomes

  • Students will gain knowledge of plant and animal pests and control methods
  • Students will explore forest ecosystem and answer questions

Links to curriculum

  • Science: Living world: Ecology, Planet earth and beyond
  • Social science: Place and environment

Topics

  • Forest and green spaces
  • Native animals
  • Native plants
  • Pests and threats

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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