Creating Change

The holistic, long-term Enviroschools journey creates fertile ground for a range of learning and action.

When tamariki/ students connect with their place and its people, and then plan, design and take action, they are creating change.

Through this empowering experience, they will become life-long change-makers.  The collective exploration is based in the concept of ako, where all participants are simultaneously learners and teachers, and everybody learns from each other.  It is a process of co-creation between people and all of the elements and energies around us. Caring for our place and the whole planet becomes a living curriculum where skills and competencies are gained through experience and mahi within meaningful community settings.

In the following stories you can see how Enviroschools participants are learning with their heads, hands and hearts – connecting with nature, exploring indigenous wisdoms, forming relationships with tangata whenua, collaborating with people in their diverse communities, and finding out about their own qualities and passions.  Learning and action in Enviroschools does not just have environmental outcomes but social, cultural and economic benefits too.

Fertile Grounds of a Secondary School Grow Intergenerational Conversations about Sustainability, Food Production and Action

Working together to revamp the horticulture area at Palmerston North Girls’ High School has sparked joy for the school community, taught young people about how it takes a team to make a dream and how hauora has been enhanced through collective action. Palmerston North Girls’...

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Student Develops Plant Conservation and Leadership Skills Through Riparian Restoration Involvement

A young plant conservationist, Toby Benison, from Springston School, Kura o Makonui, in Canterbury has recently been acknowledged for his significant contribution to a local waterway. Enviroschools Canterbury Facilitator Matt Stanford explains why this motivated student received a New Zealand Plant Conservation Network Award.

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Collaborative Approach to Restoration Reaps Rewards

Enviroschools Canterbury facilitator Matt Stanford tells us about the success of a collaborative approach to local learning and action which has led to engaged students, effective restoration in the Selwyn District, and recognition in both the New Zealand Plant Conservation Network and the 2019 Canterbury...

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Living, Learning and Exploring at Halfmoon Bay School

Halfmoon Bay School on Rakiura (Stewart Island) has a strong focus on using the natural environment in learning programmes. Enviroschools Facilitator Hannah Sim was a guest of the school's for their Bronze Reflection, and went on an amazing wilderness adventure with the students...

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Local Curriculum Comes Alive at the Beach

After spending a beautiful day out at the local beach with Hokitika Primary School students, the West Coast Penguin Trust now has 27 new little penguin rangers! Ms Reid's class have devoted a whole unit of school work to kororā (little blue or fairy penguin)...

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