Photo credit: Right, Adele Krantz; top left, Bryan Lowe; bottom left, Luke Harvey
Photo credit: Right, Adele Krantz; top left, Bryan Lowe; bottom left, Luke Harvey

Te Mātauranga Taiao

Conservation education

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.

Photo credit: Right, Adele Krantz; top left, Bryan Lowe; bottom left, Luke Harvey

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.

Enhancing our taiao (environment)