Te Mātauranga Taiao
Learn and share information about conservation to help us restore our native biodiversity. If we all learn more about our natural world, then we will understand better what needs to be done.
Education for sustainability and conservation education is critical for the future of Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland. It is important because it:
- connects our young people to the environment that nurtures them
- provides experiences in the environment that engages them physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally to promote hauora (wellbeing)
- contributes to the goal of healthy and flourishing biodiversity.
The resources on this page help inspire teachers and students to take action to preserve our natural environment. These resources can be used in early childhood education centres and schools. They are linked to the New Zealand curriculum, Te Whāriki or Te Marautanga O Aotearoa.
Some of the benefits that teachers and students will get from using these resources include:
- foster kaitiakitanga (guardianship) and enable teachers and students to take responsibility for enhancing biodiversity
- enhance learning to empower young people to take action in their community
- explore the connections between knowledge and actions, the environment and society, culture and values to grow a prosperous and sustainable future.
Navigate through the selection below to find resources that engage your students in meaningful learning, provide links to your place, your school or community and your students’ needs. Many of the resources include relevant health and safety considerations.
Start with these resources
Sustainable Schools resources for teachers
A selection of resources for education for sustainability supporting students to take action and learn about nature and sustainability
A resource that incorporates sustainability and global citizenship across the school curriculum.
DOC education resources
Search the Department of Conservation resource library for resources across multiple learning areas.
Conservation education connections
The benefits of teaching and learning in nature
Introduction for educators of conservation and why it's important to our learners. It includes guidance on how to incorporate conservation into your school curriculum.
Kiwi Conservation Club activities
A conservation club connecting kiwi kids to our amazing wildlife and wild places.
Enhancing your biodiversity in your green space
This resource provides ideas and learning experiences to enhance native and endemic biodiversity.
Tools for environmental action
Use this resource to plan and carry out successful environmental action.
Science Learning Hub resources
New Zealand science education resources that include articles, activities and videos suitable for both primary and secondary students.
Enhancing our taiao (environment)
Plant Me Instead
Learn about what to plant in your garden instead of ornamental plants that can escape and damage our natural areas.
Investigating weeds in your greenspace
An education resource with cross curricula links for classrooms wanting to investigate weeds in the local environment.
Trees for Survival
An environmental education programme which involves young people growing and planting native trees to restore natural habitats by helping landowners.
iNaturalist teachers guide
A teachers guide to the iNaturalist educational tool that uses mobile technology to identify plant and animal species.
Experiencing native trees in your green space
Use this resource to experience native trees in your school grounds.
Experiencing invertebrates in your green space
Use this resource to investigate invertebrates in your school and local area.
Experiencing birds in your green space
This resource is part of protecting the environment series, to encourage primary and intermediate students to go outdoors, explore and connect to a local green space.
He Kākano Seed Collecting Guide
This resource aims to assist schools and communities in collecting their own seeds for community nurseries. It is a collaboration between Whitebait Connection and Te Aho Tū Roa.
Saving our ngahere (forest)
Garden Bird Survey
The Garden Bird Survey is a citizen science project that helps students discover and learn more about New Zealand’s garden birds.
Investigating introduced predators in your green space
An education resource with cross curricula links for classrooms wanting to investigate introduced predators in their local environment.
Kauri dieback school resources
Promote kauri protection by nurturing your student’s knowledge. These resources were developed by the Kauri Protection programme for use in schools.
Can we make NZ Pest Free?
A range of pest free educational resources and lessons for school teachers.
Chew card guide
A guide to the interpretation of animal tooth impressions to discover what’s in your backyard.
What made these tracks
A guide to assist in interpreting the tracks of small mammals, lizards and insects to gather baseline data.
Can we make NZ pest free
This series of lesson plans focuses on students becoming actively involved in contributing to a pest-free New Zealand
Weed biocontrol education resources
Biocontrol of weeds is an exciting topic at both the primary and secondary levels. The background information and lessons provided can help you meet learning objectives in the Living World and Nature of Science strands of the science curriculum.
Caring for our awa, repo and roto (rivers, wetlands and lakes)
Wai Care Education Resource Kit
A guide to what Wai Care stream monitoring resources are available for schools.
Whitebait Connection is a freshwater community conservation education programme.
Mātauranga Māori slideshow
Ideas illustrating Associate Professor Hēmi Whaanga perspectives and experiences of incorporating mātauranga Māori in learning.
Protecting our moana (oceans)
Harbour, bays and estuaries teaching resource
Use this resource to learn how to protect our unique marine environment.
Estuaries - a Māori perspective
An activity for students to explore Māori perspectives concerning estuaries.
Protecting our estuaries
Use this resource to learn about, explore and protect our unique estuarine environments.
Experiencing Marine Reserves
A national programme of experiential learning about marine conservation.
Coordinate and support large-scale coastal clean-up events, educational programs, public awareness campaigns and riparian planting projects.
Connecting to your local park
Le Roys Bush self-guided walk
Discover the history and ecology of Le Roys Bush via this self guided walk.
Mangemangeroa reserve self-guided walk
Discover the history and ecology of Mangemangeroa reserve via this self guided walk. In addition to a site summary and a map, this guide includes activities and information on pest weeds.
Murphy's Bush self-guided walk
Discover the site history and explore the lowland kahikatea forest of Murphy's bush reserve via this self-guide walk.
Tahuna Torea reserve self-guided walk
Learn about the site history and explore the unique ecology of Tahuna Torea reserve via this self-guided walk.
Tōtara Park self-guided walk
Explore the ecology and learn about the history of Tōtara park via this self-guided walk.