Environmental Education

Environmental education is about increasing knowledge and awareness of the environment and some of its associated challenges. It aims to help develop the necessary skills to address these issues, make informed decisions and take responsible action for the benefit of our Region.

We encourage people to enjoy our beautiful Region, but to do so with a respect and understanding that it is a precious resource. In a nutshell, environmental education is about understanding, knowledge, attitude and participation.

Meet Helen

We offer a variety of environmental education programmes and our environmental educator, Helen Thomas, is skilled and knowledgeable in many different areas.

Helen is available to speak at schools, provide advice and information to teachers, present to community groups and run tailored workshops on environmental issues. If you are interested in booking a time with Helen, please contact us.

To learn more about the environmental education programmes on offer, please see the factsheets below. 

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A key tool in the Environmental Education toolbox is the nationally recognised Enviroschools Programme. Enviroschools offers a process for both students to develop a connection with the environment and make educated decisions.

Kura Kaitiaki: Water Conservation


This resource aims to raise awareness about our fresh water as a finite resource and a precious taonga. It explores the issues associated with using tap water and covers the concepts of water conservation.

What's the Plan Stan?


This resource is developed by the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management for teaching civil defence emergency management in schools. 

Funding ideas


We all know that sometimes it is a struggle to find the funds to get projects off the ground and keep up the momentum. There are plenty of options and opportunities so we've compiled a list to help you get started.



Our Waiora programme is a hands on journey into our Region’s many water sources and their impact on our lives. 

River Journey


River Journey follows a stream from its source to the sea. It aims to explain to students what pollution is, how a river gets polluted and asks questions as to what we can do to make it healthy again. 

Additional resources


We have a number of educational DVDs to lend to interested groups. Topics range from water quality issues to waste reduction and are designed for school aged children.   

Other providers and links


There are many other Environmental Education providers operating in our Region as well as other organisations and groups that you may find interesting or helpful.


Find out more about what's been happening in the world of environmental education by subscribing to our Seedlings eNewsletter (link). This newsletter contains the latest information on events across our Region as well as a selection of handy resources, activities and details of upcoming events.

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