Introduction

Field trip | Levels: 2-8: Students will learn about how DOC is restoring native habitat at Boundary Stream Mainland Island.Students will learn about how DOC is restoring native habitat at Boundary Stream Mainland Island.

Boundary Stream Mainland Island is situated on the eastern flanks of the Maungaharuru Range, about 60 km northwest of Napier.

It extends from lowland forest at 300 m above sea level to montane forest. It is home to a number of threatened species including North Island brown kiwi, kākā and kōkako, New Zealand falcon and kererū.

The teaching resource explains the concept of conservation management in what is termed ‘mainland islands’ and provides further information on the biodiversity, history, geology and landform and recreation opportunities available at Boundary Stream Mainland Island.

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This information kit explains the concept of conservation management in what is termed ‘mainland islands’ and provides further information on the biodiversity, history, geology and landform and recreation opportunities available at Boundary Stream Mainland Island.

The activities section in the kit has pre-visit and on-site activities and gives teachers ideas for introducing the topic of mainland islands and New Zealand’s native forests to the class. The proposed activities have links to the core Science curriculum as well as English and Social Studies.

Learning levels

  • Primary
  • Secondary

Learning areas

  • Science
  • Social sciences

Learning outcomes 

Primary:

  • Students will gather knowledge of what a Mainland Island is, how many there are in New Zealand, where they are found, why they are different to 'real' islands.
  • Students will investigate what is special about the Boundary Stream Mainland Island ecosystem.

Secondary:

  • Students will explore the mainland island
  • Students will gain knowledge on pest control and island restoration
  • Students will research flora and fauna

Links to curriculum 

Primary:

  • Science: Living World: Ecology
  • Health and PE: Personal health and physical development
  • Social sciences: Place and environment
  • Arts
  • English
  • Technology

Secondary:

  • Science: Living world: Ecology
  • Planet earth and beyond: Earth systems
  • Social sciences: Continuity and change

Topics

  • Forest and green spaces
  • Native animals
  • Native plants

Contact

Ahuriri / Napier Office
Phone:   +64 6 834 3111
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   napier@doc.govt.nz
Address:   59 Marine Parade
Napier 4110
Postal Address:   PO Box 644
Napier 4140

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