EDUCATION at ZEALANDIA

Welcome to our living classroom!

At ZEALANDIA, students and teachers can walk through a regenerating forest thriving with rare and endangered wildlife. Our sanctuary is a living classroom that provides outstanding education opportunities for all ages. The interactive exhibition will take students on a journey of restoration. Our ongoing conservation effort has created the perfect environment for young minds to thrive alongside the rare and endangered wildlife that call our sanctuary home.

Education Programmes

ZEALANDIA provide a range of environmental education programmes and resources that give students and teachers positive and inspiring nature-based experiences – both inside and outside the classroom, including:

  • • Support for LEOTC (Learning Experiences Outside The Classroom) curriculum.
  • • Positive environmental experiences for students and teachers alike.
  • • Guidelines for the incorporation of many curriculum objectives.
  • • Guides and educators with experience and knowledge to share.

If you have any queries about our educational programmes, wish to have a programme adapted to your requirements or would like to come on a free pre-visit or teacher workshop, please contact our Education Team:

Phone: (04) 920 9202
Email: education@visitzealandia.com
See also: Frequently Asked Questions

Early Childhood EDUCATION GROUPS

 

Half Day (Approx. 3 hours)

 

Children (3-5 years)

$7.50

Teachers

$9

Accompanying Adults

Free

 

To book email education@visitzealandia.com. Please note, minimum charges apply.

Primary & Secondary School Students

 

Half Day (Approx. 3 hours)

Students

$7.50

Teachers

Free

Accompanying Adults

$7.50

Full Day

Students

$12

Teachers

Free

Accompanying Adults

$12

To book email education@visitzealandia.com. Please note, minimum charges apply.

Tertiary Groups & Overseas Students

 

Half Day (approx. 3 hours)

 

Students

$29.99

Supervisors/Teachers

$39.99

 

To book email education@visitzealandia.com. Please note, minimum charges apply.

New Zealand NoT-FOR-Profit Groups

 

Half Day (Approx. 3 hours)

 

Children

$9

Accompanying Adults

$14

 

To book email education@visitzealandia.com. Please note, minimum charges apply.

"What an amazing place and experience! Such a valuable resource where so much learning happens, and people who are passionate about their job impart knowledge and make you want to know more. Our children (and adults alike!!!) were enthralled and inspired. The children appreciated what this place means and were making connections from what they were learning" - Kaiti Primary School

Night Walks

 

Approx. 2 hours.
Available for LEOTC School Groups and NZ Not-for-Profit Groups

Students

$15

Teachers/Accredited Leaders

Free

Accompanying Adults

$15

 

To book email education@visitzealandia.com. Please note, minimum charges apply.

Sleepovers

 

Includes Night Walk, Dawn Tour & breakfast.
Available for LEOTC School Groups and NZ Not-for-Profit Groups

Students

$30

Teachers

$30

Accompanying Adults

$40

 

To book email education@visitzealandia.com. Please note, minimum charges apply.

RESOURCES

Our resources are framed within an inquiry-based education model and are designed to stimulate student interest and equip students with knowledge that will support their visit to ZEALANDIA.

 

ZEALANDIA Trading Card Game

Introducing the ZEALANDIA Trading Card Game! Your students will have a blast learning about New Zealand bird life through addictive gameplay and trading.

This game is designed to be fun and engaging while teaching students about our many manu (birds) and how to identify them. The ZEALANDIA education team have been using the game as part of their outreach programme in schools and had great results with student's bird identification skills, testing students before and after gameplay.

Students had 15 minutes to identify 30 birds found in New Zealand. Students looked through 30 pictures of birds and had to record the name of that bird. The average score before using the cards was 11.4 out 30. The school had focused on NZ manu in their learning and had been part of ZEALANDIA’s outreach programme in 2015. Many birds identified in the first test were common birds such as Tūī, Piwakawaka and Kererū.

After using the ZEALANDIA TCG students were again asked to do the exact same test. The average group score increased from 11.4 to 25 out of 30. Over the space of a few weeks student’s bird identification had doubled with many students identifying difficult birds such as mōhua, pipipi and riflemen.

 

 

If you'd like your class to get involved with the ZEALANDIA Trading Card Game, please contact our Education Rangers at:

Phone: (04) 920 9202
Email: education@visitzealandia.com

Special thanks to Department of Conservation, Katy Cottrell, Michael Hamilton, Andrew Digby and Janice McKenna for making this card game possible.

SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAMME

The ZEALANDIA school holiday programme is tailored for primary and intermediate school children aged between 5 and 12 years with a love for nature, getting outside and mucking in to make a difference. We would love your child to join us!

Each day has a different theme providing an exciting, fun-filled nature adventure. Spaces are limited so make sure to book.

Dates:
Monday 18 July to Friday 22 July

Times:
Drop Off: 8-9am | Pick Up: 3.30-4.30pm

Price:
$55 per child per day (Offsite Days $60)

What you will need:

Lunch, snacks and water bottle
Suitable footwear for walking in the valley
Waterproof outerwear (we will go out in all but the worst conditions
Change of clothes just in case!

Wet weather conditions:

Our philosophy is to spend as much time outside in the sanctuary as possible. We do however have a duty of care to ensure the wellbeing of all attendees. If the weather is particularly cold and wet we have a number of nature focused indoor activities available.

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch at education@visitzealandia.com.

 

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Daily Themes:

Monday 18 July: PESTS

Explore the world of ‘pests’ both inside and outside of the sanctuary fence. Discover which pest animals cause the most damage to our native birds and forests and make your own tracking tunnel to investigate what might be living in your garden at home.

Tuesday 19 July: FLAX WEAVING AND RONGOĀ

Join us for a fascinating look at the many uses of flax and work on a flax weaving project of your own. The afternoon will be spent in the valley discovering more about our amazing native plants and trying our hand at making different teas.

Wednesday 20 July: BIRDS

The ZEALANDIA valley is home to many different birds. Today we will take a closer look at how birds are adapted to different habitats by looking at skulls, video clips and observing how they live and feed in the sanctuary. Help some of our smaller birds through the winter months by making a bird seed feeder to take home.

Thursday 21 July: TREASURES OF THE VALLEY

Join us at ZEALANDIA for treasure and scavenger hunts to explore the history and wildlife of the valley. Use a map to find answers to clues and use your senses to make your scavenger collection in the afternoon.

Friday 22 July: PHOTOGRAPHY AND ART

For all you keen photographers out there, bring your camera or i-Pad and spend the morning in the valley taking photos of whatever inspires you, whether it be birds, insects, plants or landscapes. Your favourite photo will be printed for you to mount and give as a gift. Get creative in the afternoon with clay to make your favourite animal or experiment with leaf prints.

 

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"I was very impressed with the amount of knowledge shared with our group. The use of technology as we walked and the friendly manner shown towards ourselves and our students was very relatable for teenage boys." - Rathkeale College

OUTREACH PROGRAMMES

If you would like our Education Rangers to work with you at your school, we can visit local schools for free, covering the basics needed to make your school safe for our native species. 

Our outreach programmes are free for local schools and cover two sessions on tracking animals and trapping pests. This engages kids in practical conservation efforts, and can be aligned with your curriculum. We'll also provide you with all the tools and knowledge you need.

If you're interested in our Outreach Programmes contact our Education Team to find out more:
 

Phone: (04) 920 9202
Email: education@visitzealandia.com