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Canvastown School House plants

Canvastown kids explore their Living Landscape

The kids at Canvastown School have been fully absorbed in discovering what creatures live in the school’s wild places this year. They have poked under logs and in tree-stumps, crawled through long grass, shaken the branches of trees and picked through the edible gardens, seeking out all manner of living things. They used the Living Landscapes kit to take a closer look at the birds, bugs, plants and fungi, finding names for them and learning about their interesting habits.  Angela visited and helped them with some activities from Tiro One One - our Marlborough living landscapes resource.

We flipped over a tree trunk and found heaps of insects on the bottom. - Finn Wendy from...

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NZ Biodiversity strategy

Students have their say on NZ’s biodiversity plan

St Mary's Envirogroup students submit on NZ's biodiversity strategy. Can you imagine what our world would look like if there was only one type of tree or bird or one type of apple to eat?The children in St Mary’s Envirogroup didn’t want to imagine that type of environment.  Healthy biodiversity is important to them.  They know that Aotearoa New Zealand’s biodiversity is amazing! About 90 % of our insects, 80 % of trees, ferns and flowering plants, 25 % of bird species, all 60 reptiles, 4 frogs and 2 bats are found nowhere else on earth.The current Government strategy on biodiversity is 20 years old and expires in 2020.  The Department of Conservation is putting...

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Predator Free Schools funding

Become a Predator Free School

Applications to become a Predator Free School are open from 23 September - 20 October 2019. If you are selected as a Predator Free School, your class will receive:a ‘starter pack’ which includes monitoring equipment to enable students to investigate and identify any introduced predators living on their school grounds or local green space relevant teaching resources to support outdoor investigations and learning in class a budget of up to $500 for traps and outcome-focused items such as wētā houses, lizard gardens and bird feeders.Students will be encouraged to monitor the variety of native species that live in their community and what can be done to help them, detect what predators are in their school...

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Climate Youth Action Team image

Tuakana-teina tree planting opportunity

The Climate Youth Action Team (CYAT) Marlborough wants to visit your school and help your students plant trees for the climate. With the next School Strike 4 Climate coming up, CYAT Marlborough is getting ready for an epic week of raising awareness and taking action against climate change. As a youth-led and oriented group, they want to involve youth across Marlborough and engage them in the climate movement. On the week starting 23rd of September (Week 10), a week's worth of action is being planned, leading up to the School Strike for Climate on Friday 27th September. On the Tuesday of that week (24th September) they are hoping to visit Marlborough schools, share what they are doing (and why) with students, and,...

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your voice matters

Have your say on NZ’s biodiversity

Our indigenous biodiversity is in serious trouble.  We have 4,000 species at risk of extinction and natural ecosystems in decline.  Now, you have the chance to do something about it. The Hive NZ website has been designed by young people - for all New Zealanders to submit what they think a biodiversity plan for Aotearoa NZ should look like!As individuals or as a class (or enviro-group), you can have your say by:submitting a video answering a few fun questions submitting a written piece.Why not go ahead and make a submission - be a voice for nature!...

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Conservation Week 2019

Conservation Week | 14 – 22 September 2019

Join DOC to celebrate 50 years of Conservation Week! It has been 50 years since Conservation Week was started by Scouts NZ in 1969. With more than 4,000 species threatened or at risk, nature needs us to take action now. There are many ways for schools to take part, either through conservation activities or by attending an event near you.Take part in the 50 Things competition by telling DOC what you like doing in nature Go on a Kiwi Guardians adventure Have your say on the New Zealand Biodiversity Plan by visiting The Hive Check out the four posters created for this year's Conservation Week: te kawakawa, te mokomoko (gecko), te kapokapowai (dragonfly) me te wheke (octopus).In Marlborough: DOC, Picton Dawn Chorus &...

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Great Kererū Count 2019

The Great Kererū Count | 20 – 29 September 2019

The Great Kererū Count is NZ's biggest citizen science project to help gather information on the abundance and distribution of the kererū - also known as kūkū, kūkupa, or New Zealand Pigeon. The Great Kererū Count is on from 20 September to 29 September 2019.  You can find all the details and lots of great resources at and in the KCC Kererū Education Pack. Everyone in New Zealand can get involved with the Great Kererū Count, whether you see any kererū or not.  Sharing your observations will help build up a clearer picture of where the kererū live (or don't live), how many there are and what they are feeding on. The humble kererū is one of New Zealand’s most valuable assets when it comes to our...

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Sustainable Action Ideas

Sustainable Action Ideas | Term 3 2019

Looking for some ideas or inspiration for teaching in Term 3?  Take a look at our list of ideas - there's something for everyone!Tracking tunnels & traps: DOC have confirmed 2019 as the biggest mast event in 40 years.  The rats, mice and mustelids are fat and breeding prolifically.  It’s the perfect time to track what is living in or around your school, set up a trapline, or visit a local trapping programme. Take a look at our ‘Animal Pests’ resources here, and look at this workshop that DOC is running later this term for beginner trappers. In the garden: it’s a good term for learning about the soil and worms!  Visit...

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Top of the South Trapping Workshop

Top of the South Trapping Workshop

Come to this workshop to learn all that you need to know to get involved in predator trapping, or to extend your trapping knowledge. The workshop is on Sunday 22 September at the Port Marlborough Pavilion at Endeavour Park, hosted by DOC, Picton Dawn Chorus and Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary.  It's free to attend the workshop, or $10 including a field trip to Kaipupu Point in the afternoon.  Please RSVP to Wendy Sullivan  and let her know which session you would like to attend, and if you will go on the field trip. For more details go to facebook/marlborough conservation events, or Eventfinda. ...

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BioBlitz Renwick School

Renwick students lead BioBlitz

Students in Renwick School's 'Green Ferns' enviro-group organised and ran a BioBlitz this term, to find and identify many of the different kinds of living things at their school. The whole school was involved in the BioBlitz, with students ranging from new entrants through to Year 8s scouring the school grounds for living things to study.  The edible garden and school stream area were a focus, after the Green Ferns identified them as potential biodiversity hot spots.The Green Ferns, supported by Ms Tullet, did lots of mahi to prepare for the day.  They planned how the day would run, with different classes taking part at different times of the day and in different parts of the...

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