Introduction

Field Trip | Levels 3-7: Students can study the culture, history, geology and plants and animals of Lake Okataina.

Highlights

Published: 2002

Lake Okataina is 22km north-east of Rotorua. There are numerous walks in the Lake Okataina area, and the lake is safe for swimming.

This resource is designed to give you ideas for planning exciting and experiential learning activities outside the classroom at Lake Okataina.

It can be used alongside the Lake Okataina Scenic Reserve field trip resource, adding another dimension to your learning trip there. Alternatively, it could be used as a basis for studying and making comparisons with Lake Rotorua.

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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 at Lake Okataina.  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 can be used alongside the Lake Okataina Scenic Reserve ‘super site’ resource adding another dimension to your learning trip there. Alternatively it could be used as a basis for studying and making comparisons with Lake Rotorua.

Learning levels

  • Primary
  • Secondary 

Learning areas

  • Science
  • Social sciences
  • Health and PE
  • Geography

Learning outcomes 

  • Students will research the biodiversity in and around Lake Okataina (flora and fauna) focusing on the threats to it and what is being done to maintain and enhance it.
  • 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.

Geology:

  • Students will research and explore the systems responsible for the landforms/rocks at Lake Okataina (faulting, tectonics, weathering).
  • Students will understand how cultural practices vary but reflect similar purposes
    Students will gain knowledge of how important Lake Okataina was to early Maori.

Links to curriculum 

  • Science: Living world: Ecology
  • Nature of science: Investigating in science
  • Planet earth and beyond: Earth systems
  • Health and PE: Personal health and physical development
  • Social sciences: Place and enviroment

Topics

  • Freshwater

The 'Lake Okataina' Super Site resource was written by Wendy Paul for the Department of Conservation.


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