Conservation Week 2020: Nature through new eyes


Want your class to win a cool conservation experience with kiwi or whio? Thought so! Here's how:

  • DO - With your class complete some of the ’50 things to do in Nature’  (don't worry, you don't need to do all of them!). If you need inspiration you can also check out Kids Greening Taupō’s Nature Connectors.

  • ENTER - Send us one of the following showing what you did: Photo(s) and explanation, video, presentation, story board, collage etc.

  • WIN - A class conservation experience. The most creative wins!

Entries must be received by 5pm Wednesday 26th August 2020

Send or take to: Serena Taylor DOC-Ohakune 1 Mountain Road, Ohakune or setaylor@doc.govt.nz


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Free resources for teaching and learning about Zero Waste in Nature. We'd love to hear your feedback on these resources: please click here.


What is waste?


Alex Daniel from Waikato Enviroschools introduces the idea of 'waste'; something not found in nature.


Access the notes and links from this presentation here.

How do landfills work? Let’s build one!


Landfills are a great teaching tool as they encompass topics from engineering to decomposition to sustainability. In this session, you’ll learn about Taupō’s waste production and how to build a landfill using simple tools.


Find the 'Testing Biodegradation' document in this Padlet.

Teaching through Integrated Inquiry


Teaching about zero waste through inquiry- An example of a unit taught and discussion of integrating zero waste learning into other areas of the curriculum.


Access the slides used in this presentation here.

Pond-in-a-jar: cycles in nature


Explore a simple experiment that can inspire multiple avenues of learning about cycles in nature, needs of organisms and more.


Access the Padlet link for resources here.

Those looking for a cheap USB microscope can start here.

The plastic free lunchbox


Explore alternatives to support waste free lunches with beeswax wrap-making, plastic-free July and ideas to integrate school-wide participation.


View the notes from this presentation here(in the same document as the slides for 'what is waste?').

Rubbishing Lake Taupō?


There are plenty of resources on the impact of human rubbish on marine ecosystems, but this session will focus on how to have students link their learning with their own backyard - Lake Taupō.


Access the Padlet for resources here.

Unfortunately the Recycling PLD session (as below) did not save correctly, so we are unable to share the recording with you. Please contact Shannon at shanson@taupo.govt.nz if you are interested in learning more about this PLD.


Recycling: What happens to it and is it the magic answer?


We put out our recycling every week and feel good that we’ve done our bit to help the planet. But what actually happens to it once it leaves the kerb? In this session, we’ll uncover the truths about what happens to our recycling.


Test your knowledge with the Kahoot quiz used during this session, join here.

Find the 'Bag, Bin, or Donate' document in the Padlet here.

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