There are a number of opportunities for support with environmental education and action in the Wellington Region that might be good places to start an environmental journey whether or not your school is ready for a whole school commitment.
Link in with a local restoration group
Go to the naturespace website to find out about restoration groups near you. This website is also full of information about the restoration process and how to start your own project.
Engage in an integrated unit of work with a sustainability theme
Examples of fully prepared units of work include:
Take Action for Water– Greater Wellington Regional Council. This is an integrated unit of work for yr 5-8 students, where students investigate local stream quality and take action to improve it. It is available on the GWRC website or you can contact the council to see if hard copies of the resource are still available.
Turning on the tap – Greater wellington Regional Council. Another integrated unit of work for yr 5-8 students. This time students investigate the human-made water supply, discover why it is important to conserve water and take action to make better use of their tap water. This resource is also available through the GWRC website.
Check out our resources page for a wide range of other sustainability-related resources available to schools in the Wellington region.
Other support available in the region:
Zealandia / Karori Wildlife Sanctuary
Department of Conservation have a variety of resources for teachers
Wellington Zoo take school visits and have resources related to conservation and sustainabilty
Otari Wilton’s Bush is a great place to take students and has an online education kit
Many councils also offer waste programmes to help schools understand the systems in place to deal with their waste. Contact your local council to access these.