Biosecurity New Zealand
If you are a student or a teacher looking for information about the biosecurity issues facing New Zealand visit this section to find out more about how individuals can help to protect our fragile environment.
Clean up the world
Find out what the rest of the world is doing to reduce waste. This annual event, held around the third weekend of September each year, brings together millions of people in more than 100 countries and inspires them to clean up and conserve their environment.
Department of Conservation
The Department of Conservation website has a very useful section for teachers and students. You can download publications and activity sheets based around themes in environmental education and find out about field trips that can be arranged in your region.
Answer a series of questions to calculate your personal ecological footprint: i.e. the amount of land required in New Zealand to support your lifestyle. It is suitable for secondary levels.
Energy Efficiency & Conservation Authority
Energy fuels our lifestyles, at work and at home, 24 hours a day. The time has come to make smarter energy choices - to get more value from the energy we use, waste less and start building a cleaner, more dependable energy system which makes better use of renewable energy resources.
Emergency Management - What's the Plan Stan?
What's the Plan Stan is a Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management initiative for primary schools, featuring Stan the dog and five children who model what to do in an emergency. The emergencies include; earthquakes, tsunami, volcanoes, storms, floods and non-natural disasters. The education resource kit has a number of components:
- A guide for teachers, including unit plans and activities
- A CD Rom for teachers and students, including stories, interactive games, research material, tips for teachers and resources that can be cut and pasted into unit plans.
- A website: www.whatstheplanstan.govt.nz
The GLOBE Programme
The GLOBE Program enables you and your class to engage in a collaborative, scientific exploration of the world around you, collaborating with other teachers and students from around the world. The GLOBE Website provides access to materials to engage your students in science and scientific discovery: http://www.globe.gov/teaching-and-learning
To see events, news and updates specific to New Zealand visit: http://www.globe.gov/web/new-zealand
The Gould League
The Gould League is Australia's leading environmental education organisation. Their website has interactive activities, resources and environmental tips.
Guide to Local Government
An excellent guide to local government, what they do etc.
Kakariki Games - Cloak of Protection
Our Birds. Our Predators. An environmental CARD GAME. Whether any animal on our beautiful planet has a future is determined by how it can respond to the environmental cards dealt out by the cold & sweeping hand of fate.
Keep New Zealand Beautiful
Keep New Zealand Beautiful is a non profit organisation operating as a charitable trust to promote litter abatement, waste reduction and town and city beautification, setup under the NZ Litter Act 1979.
Kids R Green
Kids R Green is an interactive website for children who love exploring, enquiring, investigating and discovering the world we live in. This exclusive online monthly environmental magazine has many interesting features and is a window to becoming part of a greener world. And it is just a click away!
Landcare Research - Freshwater Invertebrates Guide
Freshwater invertebrates (insects, crustaceans, snails, worms and other small critters) are often used as indicators of the state of streams, rivers, lakes and ponds. This web resource is designed to assist community groups monitoring freshwater invertebrates in New Zealand.
Marine Metre Squared
Marine Metre Squared is a useful website for anyone wanting to survey the plants and animals living on their local seashore.
A new site all about New Zealand's marine environment. Lots of images and a range of resources designed specifically for teachers and students.
Maori Organisation online directory
The link below is to a comprehensive website directory of iwi and Maori organisations. One of its main purposes is to provide updated contact details so can be referred to as and when needed.
Play this game to learn about the different ways of disposing of solid waste. Suitable for year 7–9 students, the game involves trialling different waste management programmes and judging their effectiveness against implementation costs.
Recycling Saves Money
Find out how you can save money through recycling. This resource looks at traditional methods of recycling, the importance of recycling and why we should all be taking part. The website also provides productive and informative activities for children to participate and engage in while learning how to recycle. http://valuestockguide.com/recycling-saves-money/
Reduce, reuse, recycle
An informative directory of listings linking to 'reduce, reuse, recycle' resources.
PartSelect offer a fun and educational reference to learn about the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling, to increase awareness and concern for the environment among school aged children.
Science in a Van
Science in a Van is a a fun and innovate way to see, teach and engage with science. We travel the country providing training sessions for teachers, science shows and experiences for students. A blog is also available with free access and is regularly updated with classroom ideas and easy to follow experiments. www.scienceinavan.blogspot.com
SchoolTools is a free resource for all New Zealand primary school teachers to allow them to have their own educational and interactive class website.
Sustainability action in New Zealand
An excellent range of resources about reducing your impact with rubbish, water, energy, building, transport, gardening and shopping.
The Treasures of the Sea
WWF New Zealand have launched a marine biodiversity online reference. Its an in-depth summary of all our marine species and includes general descriptions and information about status, location, threats and habitats. While too technical for primary school students, this would be useful for senior high school and tertiary students and as a background reference for any teacher.
Up the Creek
Learn how fresh water supports life by taking a journey Up the Creek, Department of Conservation’s interactive website on the lifecycle of whitebait - an online teaching resource developed aimed at children aged 11-14 and is fully bi-lingual.
Do you have a useful site we should add to this list?
Send an mail to the Northland Regional Council webmaster with your own favourite environmental education sites for teachers and students - firstname.lastname@example.org