Enviroschools is a nationwide programme that supports children and young people to plan, design and implement sustainability actions that are important to them and their communities.

Our Guiding Principles: Ngā Mātāpono

The Enviroschools kaupapa is based on five guiding principles. Early childhood centres and schools are encouraged to integrate these five principles in all the learning and action that they undertake.

1. Empowered Students

2. Learning for Sustainability

3. Māori Perspectives

4. Respect for the Diversity of People and Cultures

5. Sustainable Communities

People in our local area - Tangata
Annie McDonald
Annie McDonald

Annie McDonald is the Enviroschools Regional Coordinator and Environmental Educator in Marlborough. She has a psychology degree with studies in environmental geography, and is an experienced teacher, having taught primary, secondary and adult students.  Annie is passionate about helping teachers and students to have a greater understanding of our relationship with nature, and the part we can play in helping to regenerate, enhance and care for the beautiful place we live in.

Anna Crowe
Anna Crowe

Anna Crowe is an Enviroschools Facilitator and a Freshwater Educator in Marlborough.  She has a background in Freshwater Science, a deep and abiding love for the natural world, and a flair for connecting with students, teachers and the public to share her passion, and inspire them on their own journeys of discovery.

Angela Wentworth

Angela Wentworth is an Enviroschools Facilitator and coordinator of the Kids’ Edible Gardens programme in Marlborough.  After graduating with a Bachelor of Horticulture from Massey University, Angela has gained a wealth of experience in nursery production and education – passing on her passion and experience to people of all ages.  Angela’s philosophy is that taking a holistic approach to the environment; nurturing the soil, insects and ecosystem, is just as important as the plants you grow.

Ramona Millen
Ramona Millen

We have a partnership with Marlborough Kindergarten Association who facilitate Enviroschools in all the kindergartens in our region.  Our trained Enviroschools facilitators are Gwenda Jones, Roxy Jones, and Ramona Millen.


Ramona Millen is an Enviroschools Facilitator and Kindergarten Teacher. She has a Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design and a Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching. She has strong links with the natural environment having growing up in the Marlborough Sounds, and strives to include this love and passion through her educational role with young tamariki. Ramona strives to empower those around her with the knowledge of how to look after themselves and Papatūānuku.

Wendy Sullivan
Wendy Sullivan

We have a partnership with the Department of Conservation supporting the delivery of Enviroschools in our region, with a focus on the Living Landscapes area of the programme.  We work closely with community ranger Wendy Sullivan, who is DOC’s education lead for Marlborough. Wendy strongly believes in community conservation, and as such, supports a wide array of community educators in delivering tangible and real conservation programmes for schools. Check out the Marlborough Conservation Education Toolbox on the DOC website.

Place - Wahi

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Since Marlborough became part of the Enviroschools network in 2005, involvement in the region has grown from the five schools that took part in the initial pilot programme to include 29 of our 32 schools and all seven kindergartens. That gives us the opportunity to connect with over 6,000 students and their families.

It has been exciting to see the programme develop in our region, driven by strong leadership from principals and teachers, and a council prepared to support education for sustainability. We are lucky to have a collaborative approach to education in Marlborough, and supportive partners like DoC who share our commitment to protect and preserve the stunning physical environment that we live, work and play in. Over the past 50 years, humans have changed ecosystems more rapidly and extensively than in any comparable time in human history. If we are preparing our students to be future focused, then we need to equip them with the skills they need for our changing world. Enviroschools offers us this opportunity.

Programmes - Kaupapa Ako

For children and young people, Enviroschools can be a lifelong journey from early childhood through primary, intermediate and secondary school and beyond. A focus on the journey, not just the destination, supports long-term participation; lasting changes can take many years to become embedded, but every step is a change in itself.  With over a decade of development and growth, we are hearing people refer to Enviroschools as a movement for positive change in this country, towards a generation of innovative and motivated young people who instinctively think and act sustainably.


Every Enviroschool follows a unique journey that:

  • develops from small beginnings and gathers strength and breadth along the way
  • empowers tamariki and students
  • builds sustainable communities
  • integrates into the curriculum: both Te Whāriki and the New Zealand Curriculum
  • is grounded in Māori perspectives
  • embraces cultural diversity
  • engages in the physical, social, cultural and political aspects of the environment
  • builds towards being a whole-school/centre approach.


This developing strength is supported by:


The Marlborough District Council funds and coordinates the Enviroschools programme in the Marlborough region.

Schools are supported with a facilitator to help guide them, with resources to deliver Enviroschools, and with opportunities to embed the programme through professional development.


As there is no fixed formula for being an Enviroschool, this support looks different in each school.

Practices -Tikanga

Enviroschools is different in every school, which is the exciting part for all of us working with the programme.  Check out our local stories to see how Enviroschools looks in action in Marlborough.

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The Marlborough Kindergarten Association facilitates the Enviroschools programme in all of its seven kindergartens, and supports teachers to look at the emergent learning process with a “Green Lens”.  Tamariki are encouraged to connect with nature in many different ways and to learn to respect the natural world and to approach it with a sense of curiosity and wonder.  Māori perspectives are strong and embedded in daily practice, and opportunities are taken to share learning with whānau.

Stream Study - Taylor River

Primary and Intermediate Schools

The Enviroschools journey in primary and intermediate schools is being led more and more by students, who come up with some innovative ways to protect and enhance both the school and wider environments. Teachers support students as they grow their knowledge through inquiry and action.  Some schools do whole school theme areas, while others weave the Enviroschools guiding principles into inquiry topics.  Some schools do a weekly focus on the four key areas, while others work alongside community partners to develop or restore a special area.

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Secondary Schools

Secondary schools have two parts to their Enviroschools programmes.  Some schools run Education for Sustainability standards within subjects, with a focus on building knowledge or taking personal action.  Most of our secondary schools also have Enviro-groups that lead events and actions within their schools, connecting students with each other, environmental issues and the wider community.