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We have brought together a range of Taupō environmental education providers so that we can provider better services to schools. Through our collaboration we learn from, support, and build on each others' success, together providing better environmental education for students of all ages across the Taupō District.

The Taupō Environmental Education Collaborative is established around the following statements:

  1. Empowering students, teachers & communities to take action for their environment

  2. Connecting to real-life learning opportunities in your local place

  3. Incorporating cultural, environmental & societal perspectives

  4. Developing our rangatahi/youth to be environmental stewards, decision-makers & leaders



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  • Waste minimisation; recycling; composting; plastic and plastic alternatives

  • Landfill field trips; litter pickups; and school visits

  • Set programmes; or can work with you to custom design a good fit for your school


These guys are important to EEC in so many ways. Thank you!


Whanau Nature Day

Weaving harakeke flowers

Tongariro South Domain 2019

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All school opportunity

Lakefront Watering


20th February

Five Mile Bay carpark, end of Tawhaa Rd

After a long summer our plants might be getting a bit thirsty - this is an easy opportunity to get outdoors and feel good giving nature a helping hand. All schools welcome.

For more information contact Thea below.

Applications close for Kids Greening Taupō Student Leardership Team


24 February

Tongariro National Trout Centre

We want you!

If you are a year 6 to 13 (or equivalent age) Taupō youth, you are welcome to apply for a position on our 2020 Kids Greening Taupō Student Leadership Team.


Kids Greening Taupō is an environmental education programme, connecting kids to hands on restoration projects. Our aim is to green our town! The student leadership programme looks to connect and grow environmental knowledge and skills, especially in the area of leadership.

Whio Awareness Month


New Zealand

Take the time to learn about whio this month - the blue duck. Lots of resources available to interested teachers.

Whio Whanau Fun Day


8 March

Tongariro National Trout Centre

Join us to celebrate all things whio - our fabulously unique native blue duck. A day of fun for the whole whanau, complete with scavenger hunt, obstacle course, conservation displays and demonstrations, as well as competitions with awesome prizes!

Free entry, but bring some cash for the kai with proceeds going to local conservation projects.

Learning in Nature with

Ruud Kleinplaste


12 March


With Ruud as our expert guide, we will be exploring the flora and fauna of local areas suitable for connecting your students with nature. 

Please contact Thea below with any queries or to RSVP. 

Music in the Botanical Reserve

11.30am - late

15 March

Waipahihi Botanical Gardens

Enjoy some great music and nature play activities in a beautiful location.


Whanau Nature Day

Searching for microplastics

Tongariro South Domain 2019

📷 K Nowak


Thea DePetris


Sian Moffit


Krysia Nowak & Karen (Ardy) Ardin


Alex Daniel


Shannon Hanson

Environmental ranger - zero waste

Nina Manning

Senior community ranger