The Enviroschools Programme is a long-term, whole-school programme, where schools create their own unique pathway to sustainability. Schools signed up to the Programme have the support of a facilitator, a network of other schools and a set of resources pulling together ideas that have worked for schools over the 10 years that the programme has been operating.
Is a resource educating young people about the importance of the environment. It aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills to make informed environmental decisions in daily life. Take action for water resource >
Love every drop
Is a resource helping students understand where their tap water comes from and to make informed decisions about using it. Love every drop resource >
The stream health assessment kits provide a simple and practical resource for teachers wanting to engage students in learning about the importance of water quality, ecological systems and scientific approaches.
The kit is designed to be used in the field by teachers and students undertaking practical aspects of stream health assessment. It includes all the equipment and materials needed to undertake basic stream health assessment. Assessment involves investigating the water quality, physical features of a site and the plants and animals living in and alongside the stream.
These are some online resources that provide information about stream health and assessment:
GWRC Take Action for Water is an environmental education resource for teachers to help primary and intermediate school students (years 5-8) investigate and explore their local freshwater environment.
The Whitebait Connection is an education programme developed by a non-profit community conservation group. It encourages New Zealanders to understand and be involved in the health of our local streams, rivers, lakes and wetlands.
NIWA has developed identification guides on freshwater plants, algae, fish and invertebrates.
Land Air Water Aotearoa is a web portal where scientific data about the environment is shared. It has a lot of useful information on the state of freshwater and freshwater monitoring around the Wellington region.
To help with your stream assessment field trip, you might like to download a map of the area you will be visiting. We have a number of these available for various parts of the Wellington region.
This fund supports schools and early childhood centres to carry out projects that support native plants and wildlife. It will help students to do projects like: planting, cleaning up litter and pest animal control. There is up to $500 a year available for each project.
The Active Travel Action curriculum resource has been developed by Greater Wellington Regional Council and Enviroschools - Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui.
The resource provides a process for schools to implement sustainable active travel practices in their school through student inquiry - and an opportunity for students to take action in response to climate change.