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Take a moment for nature: Conservation Week 2021

August 23, 2021

Connect to nature, let ourselves be still, let ourselves feel alive’ ‘Tūhono ki te taiao, e tau ai te mauri, e ora ai te mauri’

To celebrate Conservation Week, Department of Conservation have developed five easy activities for young people to do outside – one for each day of the week.

  • Sensory sound map – to encourage students to listen to nature
  • Spring bookworm challenge – to encourage students to read in nature
  • Curious kea scavenger hunt – to encourage students to discover nature
  • Outdoor art projects – to encourage students to create in nature
  • Outdoor nature moves – to encourage movement and mindfulness in nature

Research tells us learning in nature:

  • is good for our wellbeing and health
  • keeps tamariki active
  • increases attention and academic outcomes
  • improves social skills.

With a wellbeing focus, these activities are designed as pick-up-and-go tools to support teaching time outside. See here: Teach Outside

Remember that these complement our Enviroschools activities in Me in My Environment and all theme areas and can help build a Map and Pool of Knowledge/ Puna Mātauranga of your local places.

Banner image: kahukōwhai/ yellow admiral/ Vanessa itea observed in a Waikato herb garden