The Aoraki/Mount Cook and Mackenzie areas offer unique learning environments. To get the most out of their visit and learning opportunities, we advise that secondary schools students stay at least one, preferably two nights. Aiming to satisfy the requirements of multiple achievement standards is achievable for many subject areas.
LEOTC Aoraki/Mount Cook caters for all secondary students from years 11-13, particularly those studying the natural sciences such as Biology, Education for Sustainability and Geography, but also other subject areas such as the Visual Arts and History. Programmes are designed to provide unique and stimulating learning experiences combining presentations with workshops, self directed learning, and outdoor pursuits.
LEOTC Aoraki/Mount Cook has a tradition of providing a range of high quality activities which are directly linked to curriculum learning objectives and NCEA achievement standards across a multitude of subject areas. We aim to link our special alpine landscape to student learning via individually designed programmes for each school.
Choose from the following activities. If your year level or subject area is not presented here, contact us as we have the resources to put together presentations/workshops to align with different student needs.
- Braided rivers/Project River Recovery
- Climate, weather and water in the mountains
- Environmental threats
- Kakī/black stilt recovery programme
- Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre 3D movie
- Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre planetarium
- Village sustainability and management
- Year 12 Geography – human attitudes and impacts on a large natural landscape
- Year 12 Geography – understanding a large natural landscape
- Year 13 Geography – natural processes operating in a glaciated landscape
- Year 13 Geography – tourism: a cultural process
- Birch Hill Station historic study
- Early Māori survival and adaptation in Aoraki's alpine environment
- Ecological succession
- Hermitage Hotel big sky stargazing
- Hermitage Hotel tours
- Hydroelectricity in the Mackenzie Country
- Moraine/scree transects
- Plant identification workshop
- Predator control in the park
- Search and rescue scenario role play
- Stream health assessment
- Vegetation stratification
- Vegetation zonation
- Wetlands invertebrates study