What is Your School Doing to Become Eco-Champions?
Why not showcase what you already do
or get involved in your area?
- Cleaning up a local park area
- Removing weeds from a local bush or stream
- Keeping your school free of litter
- Cleaning up the beach
- Recycling at your school
- Making Compost or feeding worms
- Removing Pests from your school and surrounds
If you are already doing one or more of these
- Communicate what you have done /found out – Infographic / Poster
If you are just starting out you can follow this scientific procedure
- Identify the issue (what is important to your school)
- Make and record observations and/or collect data
- Analyse your observations, data
- Discuss the changes and suggest permanent solutions
– look at the Cause and Effect before and after
– Compare and Contrast
- Communicate what you have done, found out
- Share with other schools using the NZAPSE Website by sending an e-copy of your display or your short video to email@example.com
Scroll down to find a range of resources, helpful websites and competitions.
Don’t know where to get started or need a few ideas, then the place to start is the Science Learning Hub. This site has been specially prepared for you to become Eco-Champions. https://www.pond.co.nz/detail/4373086/2018-primary-science-week-eco-champions
We know there are a lot of Enviro Schools out there. Why not show us what you are doing or what you are really good at. Make a poster or a short video and share it with other schools.
If you want to become an Enviro School then here is a good place to start. http://www.enviroschools.org.nz/
Keep New Zealand Beautiful (KNZB) have a website full of ideas for you to do and include contacts in your area. You can check out what they suggest here. https://www.knzb.org.nz/
Look out for the wide range of useful resources from the Department of Conservation http://www.doc.govt.nz/get-involved/conservation-education/search/
Predator Free New Zealand is looking towards are future. Find out what you can do, on their website. https://predatorfreenz.org/
The annual Sea Week runs a range of workshops throughout the country. With support from a large number of sponsors they provide many activities to become involved with, as well as many ideas for you to try out if you are near sea. Keep up with what is happening for Sea Week this year, Saturday 3 to Sunday 11 March 2018, on their website http://seaweek.org.nz/
Become Citizen Scientists by involving your class or school in the Marine Metre Squared programme. If you are near the sea shore then this is the activity for you. All details can be found here. https://www.mm2.net.nz/
The Kiwi Conservation Club (KCC) regularly provides a range of activities for primary students to get involved with. Their regular magazine provides stories and competitions. Find out the details on their website http://kcc.org.nz/
Are you into compost or worm farming? A quick check on the internet came up with the following sites, from around the country. There are many more out there in every region.
In Auckland https://compostcollective.org.nz/
From the Northland Regional Council https://www.nrc.govt.nz/Environment/Waste-and-pollution/For-homes/Composting-and-worm-farming/
Julie’s Compost Shop in Nelson http://www.compostshop.co.nz/
Wanaka Wastebusters http://www.wanakawastebusters.co.nz/
Most of these sites also contain other ideas you may find useful.
Like the Northland Regional Council’s ideas for schools https://www.nrc.govt.nz/For-Schools/
From the Bay of Plenty?
The following sites may be just what you are looking for.
Envirohub Bay of Plenty have a regular Sustainable Backyards programme. All the details can be found here. http://envirohub.org.nz/sustainablebackyards/
Bay of Plenty Regional Council has ideas and resources https://www.boprc.govt.nz/
Live monitoring from the region can be found at this site https://www.boprc.govt.nz/our-region-and-environment/live-monitoring/
The Waikato Regional Council also has a website full of information and ideas on the Environment. https://www.waikatoregion.govt.nz/environment/
In Wellington? The Sustainability Trust may be able to provide some support for you. You may find something useful from their online shop or you can find out what they have to offer schools. https://sustaintrust.org.nz/pages/for-schools-and-teachers
Many organisations run competitions to encourage involvement in environmental issues. Links to some are listed here.
Keep New Zealand Beautiful run a Young reporters competition. All the details can be found at this link. https://www.knzb.org.nz/young-reporters/
The Outlook for Someday Film Challenge is designed for any one under the age of 24 to produce a short film about sustainability. Their website provides all the details and past films. http://www.theoutlookforsomeday.net/