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. Environmental education is about understanding, knowledge, attitude and participation.

Meet Sarah

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

Sarah 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 Sarah, please contact us.

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


Find out more about what's been happening in the world of environmental education by subscribing to our Seedlings eNewsletter. 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.

Contact us to showcase your school, event or story with the environmental education world.

Biodiversity Activities

Biodiversity activities

Exploring what lives in your local native bush or your school grounds is a great way to inspire and excite your students. We are able to offer presentations, activities and field trips on a range of biodiversity themes, across primary and secondary levels. There may also be opportunities for your students to participate in native planting projects.
If you have not yet begun to explore biodiversity topics, have a look at some of these resources as a starting point. You could investigate topics such as what makes New Zealand’s native animals unique or check out these three sites;

Pest Activities

With the introduction of an ambitious plan to rid New Zealand of the most damaging introduced predators by 2050, we encourage schools to explore this topic with your students.

If you have yet to do an inquiry on this topic, we recommend you have a look at the resources listed under biodiversity activities as a starting point. They are a good introduction to our pest animals and how they impact on New Zealand’s wildlife. In addition to these activities check out the Predator Free 2050 website.
If you are keen to further your inquiry on this topic, we offer outdoor activities looking at animal tracking and trapping. For example, finding out what pests are living in the school grounds or at home using their footprints and their teeth marks. We can do this by making tracking tunnels and chew cards. Finally, if your school is interested in backyard trapping to remove pests from your school grounds then we will be able to advise on the best methods and if available lend out traps.

Water-related Activities

Waiora stream study investigates water quality issues, aquatic habitats and the impacts of land management. The programme is available as a facilitated session or you can simply borrow the monitoring kit and carry out your own study. A full teacher’s guide is included in the kit. Although this programme is aimed at senior primary to intermediate, we can bespoke it to any age group.

Enviroscapes® is a water catchment model which explores non-point source pollution which contributes a great deal to the pollution in our waterways. This class-based resource has a range of activities which help students to identify the types of non-point source, or run off, pollution, coming from both urban and rural areas. Students can also discuss ways to mitigate the pollution to keep our waterways healthy. This activity is a great precursor to conducting a Waiora stream study.     
Kura Kaitiaki Water Conservation our water conservation 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. This is a must have resource for teachers keen to explore water.


Curriculum Development and Teacher Professional Development


In addition to providing school programmes to students, we are also able to assist your teachers in curriculum planning and can run workshops to upskill teachers in different environmental topics. This includes developing projects for NCEA assessments.  

We are the Regional Coordinators of the Enviroschools programme. Enviroschools aims to create a generation of people who think and act sustainability (e.g. social/cultural, economic and environmental). Across the Region we have a growing network with 57 schools and early childhood centres on their Enviroschools journey. If you are interested to learn more about the programme, have a read here. If you would like to get an update on our current schools by district then download the 2019 Enviroschools Snapshot

Other providers and links


There are many enviro-ed providers operating in our Region, as well as other organisations and groups you may find interesting or helpful. Here is a list of who we know about, but it isn't exhaustive. If you know of others you'd like to see included, please get in touch.

Funding and fundraising 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 out there so we've compiled a list to help you get started.