To celebrate Conservation Week, we have developed five easy activities for your students to do outside – one for each day of the week.
- Sensory sound map – to encourage students to listen to nature
- Spring bookworm challenge – to encourage students to read in nature
- Curious kea scavenger hunt – to encourage students to discover nature
- Outdoor art projects – to encourage students to create in nature
- Outdoor nature moves – to encourage movement and mindfulness in nature
Research tells us learning in nature:
- is good for our wellbeing and health
- keeps tamariki active
- increases attention and academic outcomes
- improves social skills.
With a wellbeing focus, these activities are designed as pick-up-and-go tools to support teaching time outside and can be adapted to use with your students remotely. Tell us or show us what you did by using the hashtag: #TeachOutsideNZ.
Please note, due to the current COVID-19 alert level changes, the #TeachOutside competition for Conservation Week has been paused. We will look to run this for Outdoor Classroom Day.
We also have easy ideas for whānau to get their tamariki outside that you can share with your students and their whānau/families during lockdown.
Download activities and resources
- Activity instructions and poster – English (PDF, 10,257K)
- Activity instructions and poster – Te Reo (PDF, 10,463K)
- ‘Read in nature’ bookmarks (PDF, 15,341K)
- ‘Discover nature’ scavenger hunt list (PDF, 724K)
- ‘Notice nature’ outdoor moves guidelines (PDF, 4,545K)
High resolution copies for printing
- Activity instructions and poster – English (PDF, 30,797K)
- Activity instructions and poster – Te Reo (PDF, 29,079K)
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Save the date: Outdoor Classroom Day, 4 November 2021
Be part of a global movement to teach outside. Outdoor Classroom Day happens twice a year in May and November. The DOC activities below were launched in May 2021.
Learning in nature activity cards
Try our six new nature activities, designed to help you teach outside. These cards focus on wellbeing and getting active. They are an easy, fast and fun way to get your class outside and into nature.
We’ve included mātauranga Māori and curriculum ideas to take the learning further.
If you have any questions, contact us by emailing conservED@doc.govt.nz