Introduction

Field trip | Levels 3-4: Visit a hidden wonderland of tall trees, clear rivers and rare wildlife. Students can study the North Island robin, walk to the summit of Mt Pureora and look at how to 'track' rats.

Highlights

Published: 2001

Pureora Forest Park straddles the Hauhungaroa and Rangitoto Ranges between Lake Taupo and Te Kuiti. It is a hidden wonderland of tall trees, clear rivers and rare wildlife.

You can visit a tower, which gives wonderful views of a forest canopy, a buried forest, the Treetops protest site, the largest recorded totara tree in New Zealand, and a vintage steam hauler and tractor.

Students can study the North Island robin, walk to the summit of Mt Pureora and look at how to 'track' rats.

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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 pertinent to the area.

Contents

  • Locations of teacher resource kits for the Waikato Conservancy
  • Location of Pureora Forest Park
  • Using this resource
  • Organisation of outdoor safety
  • Pureora Forest Park facilities
  • Pureora Forest Park - background
  • Management of Pureora Forest Park
  • Statement about curriculum Llnks
  • 10 teacher study sheets
  • Other references and fesources

About the resource

Learning areas

  • Science
  • Social sciences
  • Health and PE

Learning outcomes 

Primary:

  • Students will investigate the ecosystem of the native forest.
  • Students will use information to make a field sheet to record species found on the trip.
  • Students will investigate rat tracking as a method of native bush restoration and assess its effectiveness using toxic baits in bait stations.

Secondary

  • Students will gain knowledge of pests of the forest and their management
  • Students will compare an understanding of predator prey relationships
  • Students will research stratification

Links to curriculum 

Primary:

  • Science: Living world: Ecology, Evolution
  • Nature of science: Investigating in science
  • Health and PE: Personal health and physical development

Secondary

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

Topics

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

Publication information

ISBN 0-478-22078-2

Contact

Kirikiriroa / Hamilton Office
Phone:   +64 7 858 1000
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   hamilton@doc.govt.nz
Address:   Level 4
73 Rostrevor Street
Hamilton 3204
Postal Address:   Private Bag 3072
Hamilton 3240
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