LEARNING with ZEALANDIA

ZEALANDIA is unique in Aotearoa: offering and enabling learning opportunities for young people within and beyond Te Māra a Tāne. As a world-leading conservation sanctuary ZEALANDIA provides a living laboratory where people can learn about the natural history of New Zealand, the science of conservation, and what we need to know and do to successfully live with nature.

At ZEALANDIA young people experience the richness and splendour of New Zealand's natural world from the calls of rare and endangered wildlife to the rippling greens of regenerating native forest. Young people discover first-hand the positive impact they can have as kaitiaki – guardians of the natural world.

ZEALANDIA provides outstanding lifelong learning for all ages.

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EDUCATION PROGRAMMES | RESOURCES | YOUNG PEOPLE | PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

 

A view over the lower lake in the sanctuary, showing a beautiful rainbow over the dam’s valve tower and the regenerating forest.

photo credit: Zealandia

 

Education Programmes

ZEALANDIA provides a range of education programmes and resources that give students and teachers positive and inspiring naturebased learning experiences. Available within the Sanctuary, at your place, and in your community, education at ZEALANDIA:

  • • Supports the New Zealand Curriculum, Te Marautanga o Aotearoa or Te Whāriki
  • • Enables positive environmental experiences for students and teachers.
  • • Is facilitated by experienced and knowledgeable education rangers.
  • • Can be part of your Learning Experiences Outside the Classroom (LEOTC) school trips..
 
 

Look at our sessions for ECE, Primary Schools, and Secondary Schools below. If you can’t find what you are looking for or would like to discuss specific requirements, please get in touch.

If you are a youth or school group visiting New Zealand from overseas or a NZ Not-for-Profit group, please have a look HERE at what is available for you.

PHONE: (04) 920 9204
 

 

Early Childhood EDUCATION

GROUPS

 

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for ECE groups.

Primary & INTERMEDIATE School GROUPS

 

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for Primary schools.

 

A Green Looper caterpillar makes its way down a kawakawa leaf, just like the children from ECE centres can make their way through the sanctuary.

photo credit: Zealandia

Early Childhood EDUCATION GROUPS

From the tiniest mini-beast to the tallest Tōtara, bring your group on a journey of discovery with ZEALANDIA.

Term 4 2019 updates:

  • - Have you checked out the newly launched ‘Mini-Beasts’. Through stories, hands-on activities and exploration of the ZEALANDIA ngahere, ECE tamariki will go on a voyage of discovery into the world of mini-beasts. For all the latest news sign up to our e-news or explore the ZEALANDIA website.
  • - A black pīwakawaka was spotted at ZEALANDIA recently. Unlike the typical pied colour morph, black pīwakawaka are as their name suggests: black or dark brown all over, though they occasionally have a white spot over each ear. This colour morph is rare on the North Island and makes up less than 5% of the population on the South Island.
    ​- Starting in term 1 of 2020, two brand new interactive storytelling sessions for ECE will be available. ‘Is this the way Home’ and ‘Creating ZEALANDIA’ are both 30 minutes long and explore the creation of the sanctuary and the plight of young birds venturing out into the world.

IS THIS THE WAY HOME? STORYTELLING

Kereama the kākā has grown too big for his nest. Now he must venture out from the safety of the Tararua Ranges to find a new place to live. Join him as he goes on his quest to find a new home.

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CREATING ZEALANDIA: STORYTELLING

Bring tamariki on a journey and discover how ZEALANDIA came to be. In this interactive storytelling, ECE groups will discover the valley, help construct the fence and release species into their new safe haven.

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MINI-BEASTS

Through stories, hands-on activities and exploration of the ZEALANDIA ngahere, ECE tamariki will go on a voyage of discovery into the world of mini-beasts.

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SELF-GUIDED EXPERIENCE @ ZEALANDIA

Happy to show yourself around ZEALANDIA? Self-guided visits are available for your ECE group but must be booked in advance.

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ZEALANDIA @ YOUR PLACE

Outreach for your ECE centre is available on request. To discuss your requirements and availability please contact us.

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A toutouwai/New Zealand Robin eating a spider, two of the creatures primary school groups can discover and learn more about in the sanctuary.

photo credit: Digitaltrails

 

PRIMARY & INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL GROUPS

Enter a living classroom! The ZEALANDIA valley, loaded with history, rippling with life and blooming with future promise provides a range of outstanding education opportunities for all ages, spanning topics and curriculum areas.

Term 4 2019 updates:

  • - Launched in term 3 2019 for Year 1 & 2 students, ‘Mini-Beasts’ lets students learn about simple classification, life cycles and the habitats of these small but critical creatures. For all the latest news sign up to our e-news or explore the ZEALANDIA website.
  • - The Predator Free Wellington Schools Programme would like to extend a warm welcome for you and your families to visit the Predator Free Wellington Schools Art Exhibition at ZEALANDIA during January 2020. Exploring the theme of “Inspired by Nature: A future for Miramar”, students taking part in the programme have prepared creative responses and displays for the exhibition.
  • - We are now taking bookings for 2020. We have a diverse range of programmes available to book for primary school students. Bookings from 2020 onwards are available via the website or if you have a specific request you can contact the team on education@visitzealandia.com.
  • - The ZEALANDIA Trading Card Game© is continuing to prove a popular teaching and learning resource. Recently, we reprinted the existing Forest, Coastal, Alpine and Wetlands sets, in addition to the new bilingual Freshwater set. If you are interested in purchasing a set for your class in our next print run, orders can be placed by contacting the Education and Youth team at education@visitzealandia.com. Sets are $65.00 each (including postage)

THE FAMILY OF LIFE (Yr. 1-3)

Students begin to understand the tree of life and the relationships between the many species that exist on the planet. Students then explore the sanctuary and encounter species unique to New Zealand.

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MINI-BEASTS (Yr. 1-2)

Students will learn about simple classification, life cycles and the habitats of these small but critical creatures.They will discover the important role of mini-beasts in the environment.

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TALES THROUGH TIME (Yr. 1-3)

Students enter ZEALANDIA to hear stories of the valley: What can the valley’s past tell us? How and why did the people of Wellington build the world's first fully-fenced urban sanctuary? What stories are waiting to be written?

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NATURE & NURTURE (Yr.1-3)

Students learn about the importance of being kaitiaki- guardians of the natural world as they experience the amazing pest-free valley at ZEALANDIA.

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SPECIAL SPECIES (Yr. 4-8)

Students experience and learn about the unique biodiversity of Aotearoa New Zealand’s native and endemic species.

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A 500-YEAR JOURNEY (Yr. 4-8)

Students learn about the past, present and future of ZEALANDIA as they experience the valley. What stories of the past can the valley tell? How and why did the people of Wellington build the world's first fully-fenced urban sanctuary? What does the future hold?

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PESTS & PREDATORS (Yr. 4-8)

Students learn about the ecological role and effect of endemic, native & introduced predators in New Zealand, the strategies of their prey and the methods used by people to manage these introduced species.

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THE NATURE OF SCIENCE (Yr. 4-8)

Students become scientists in the field as they experience the valley and document the many amazing and unique species they can see!

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SELF-GUIDED VISIT @ ZEALANDIA (Yr. 1-8)

Happy to show yourself around ZEALANDIA? Self-guided visits are available for your group but must be booked in advance.

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AFTER DARK DISCOVERY WALK (Yr. 3 – 8)

Explore the sanctuary at night and let your senses come alive to spot kiwi, tuatara, tuna and more.

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SLEEPOVER @ ZEALANDIA (Yr. 3-8)

Experience the sanctuary as day turns into night and the nocturnal creatures stir. Take part in a night walk, sleepover in the sanctuary Visitor Centre and then venture into the valley to hear the dawn chorus.

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ZEALANDIA @ YOUR PLACE

Outreach to your school is available on request. To discuss your requirements and availability please contact us.

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A tūī taking flight. This is one of the species secondary school groups can study up close in the sanctuary.

photo credit: Chris Helliwell

 

SECONDARY SCHOOL GROUPS

Just minutes from the centre of Wellington, ZEALANDIA provides an incredible range of educational opportunities for secondary schools.

Term 4 2019 updates:

  • - The Predator Free Wellington Schools Programme would like to extend a warm welcome for you and your families to visit the Predator Free Wellington Schools Art Exhibition at ZEALANDIA during January 2020. Exploring the theme of “Inspired by Nature: A future for Miramar”, students taking part in the programme have prepared creative responses and displays for the exhibition. For all the latest news sign up to our e-news or explore the ZEALANDIA website.
  • - We have a diverse range of programmes available to book for secondary school students. Programmes are designed to meet specific achievement standards or adopt a cross-curricula approach. For all the latest news sign up to our e-news or explore the ZEALANDIA website.
  • - The ZEALANDIA Trading Card Game© is continuing to prove a popular teaching and learning resource. Recently, we reprinted the existing Forest, Coastal, Alpine and Wetlands sets, in addition to the new bilingual Freshwater set. If you are interested in purchasing a set for your class in our next print run, orders can be placed by contacting the Education and Youth team at education@visitzealandia.com. Sets are $65.00 each (including postage)

WHERE HAVE ALL THE TAKAHĒ GONE? (Yr. 12)

Explores the communities in which takahē live and the impact of the presence or absence of introduced mammals within these communities. This session supports Biology AS 91158.

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UNDERSTANDING PLANT AND ANIMAL RESPONSES (Yr. 13)

In this study day, students explore ZEALANDIA to gain an understanding of the ways in which New Zealand plants and animals respond to their external environment. This session supports Biology AS 91603.

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UNDERSTANDING SPECIATION (Yr. 13)

Using the ZEALANDIA valley as context, students learn about how New Zealand’s flora and fauna have evolved. This session supports Biology AS 91605.

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HEALTHY WATERS? A STREAM STUDY (Yr. 11-13)

With the headwaters of the Kaiwharawhara stream within its boundaries, students visit ZEALANDIA and carry out a practical investigation of the stream environment. This session can support Biology AS 91601.

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PLEASE DON’T FEED THE KĀKĀ (Yr. 9 –10)

Get your students involved in the solution! Please don’t feed the kākā presents students with a real-world situation and challenges them to come up with a campaign to help prevent an undesired public behaviour – feeding kākā!

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A LIVING WORLD (Yr. 9 –13)

Students experience the unique biodiversity of New Zealand at ZEALANDIA and learn about the dramatic impact of people upon it.

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CITIZEN SCIENTISTS (Yr. 9 –13)

Students become scientists in the field as they experience the ZEALANDIA valley and document the many amazing and unique species that live there.

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SANCTUARY AND SOCIETY (Yr. 9 –13)

Students enter the world’s first fully-fenced urban sanctuary and learn about its origins, societal impact and ongoing growth as a successful ecotourism project in the heart of the New Zealand capital.

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PESTS & PREDATORS: MANAGING MAMMALS (Yr. 9 –13)

Learn about the ecological role and effect of endemic, native & introduced predators in New Zealand, the strategies of their prey and the methods used by people to manage introduced pest species.

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SELF-GUIDED VISIT @ ZEALANDIA (Yr. 9-13)

Happy to show yourself around ZEALANDIA? Self-guided visits are available for your group but must be booked in advance.

MORE INFORMATION & BOOK

AFTER DARK NIGHT WALK (Yr. 9 –13)

Explore the sanctuary at night and let your senses come alive to spot Kiwi, tuatara, tuna and more.

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SLEEPOVER @ ZEALANDIA (Yr. 9-13)

Experience the sanctuary as day turns into night and the nocturnal creatures stir. Take part in a night walk, sleepover in the Sanctuary Visitor Centre and then venture into the valley to hear the dawn chorus.

MORE INFORMATION & BOOK

ZEALANDIA @ YOUR PLACE

Outreach to your school is available on request. To discuss your requirements and availability please contact.

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Fairylights (aka pūrātoke/glowworms) are stread across the forest at night.

photo credit: Brendon Doran

 

NEW ZEALAND & INTERNATIONAL YOUTH GROUPS

Just minutes from the centre of Wellington, young people can explore the richness and splendour of New Zealand's natural world.  

At ZEALANDIA, New Zealand and International youth groups can experience the unique sounds of rare and endangered wildlife, feast their eyes on the colours of nature and be immersed in the aroma of the ngahere.

Join us to experience a unique New Zealand.

International Youth & School Groups

 

EXPERIENCE ZEALANDIA (ages 7 – 18)

Enter the world’s first fully-fenced urban sanctuary and discover some of New Zealand’s rarest and unique fauna, flora and fungi. Accompanied by ZEALANDIA Educators, your group will experience what Aotearoa was like before the arrival of humans and what it might look like again.

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New Zealand Youth Groups

 

SLEEPOVER @ ZEALANDIA (ages 7-18)

Experience the sanctuary as day turns into night and the nocturnal creatures stir. Take part in a night walk, sleepover in the sanctuary Visitor Centre and then venture into the valley to hear the dawn chorus.

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AFTER DARK NIGHT WALK (ages 7 – 18)

Explore the sanctuary at night and let your senses come alive to spot kiwi, tuatara, tuna and more.

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A kākā looks out over Wellington CBD, about to spread its wings to bring you all the goodies Zealandia can provide.

photo credit: Judi Lapsley Miller

 

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

Students love our fun and engaging trading card game that teaches about our many manu (birds) and how to identify them.
ZEALANDIA Trading Card Game

Can we make NZ Pest Free?

Learn how to turn your school into a sanctuary with this comprehensive resource created with the help of WWF New Zealand
Pest Free NZ resource

Activity Sheets

These ZEALANDIA activity sheets will make any visit to the sanctuary engaging with fun flora and fauna check sheets. See how many points your students can get by tracking down our native wildlife!
Activty-Sheets

Where have all the takahē gone?

A fully integrated resource package for NCEA Biology Level 2 biology, created in partnership with Takahē Recovery Programme and supported by the Science Learning Hub,
takahē resource

 

YoungPeople - Photo by Chris Helliwell.jpgphoto credit: Chris Helliwell

 

YOUNG PEOPLE

ZEALANDIA offers a range of opportunities for young people to get involved.

After school, during the holidays or at the weekend young people can take an active role for conservation.

Telemetry – one of the things young people might encounter and get to try at our events for families.

EVENTS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE & FAMILIES

ZEALANDIA hosts a wide range of events for families and young people.

From craft activities to talks to taxidermy, ZEALANDIA connects young people and families to nature.

ZEALANDIA Events

Zealandia Youth Ambassadors after a successful day weeding in the sanctuary.

ZEALANDIA YOUTH AMBASSADORS

The ZEALANDIA Youth Ambassador programme works with young people aged 15 – 18.

Participants are part of a year-long programme that aims to grow their opportunities in the conservation sector and to provide a ‘voice’ for young people in conservation. Youth Ambassadors play a key role at ZEALANDIA, helping connect people to nature.

Interested in the ZEALANDIA Youth Ambassador Programme?

education@visitzealandia.com

Young people weeding and planting – some of the things volunteers might get up to.

YOUTH VOLUNTEERING

Are you aged 14 – 25 and keen to contribute to conservation through volunteering?

ZEALANDIA supports Forest and Bird Youth to provide opportunities for young people to volunteer in the conservation sector.

If you have an hour, a day or more we would love you to be a part of the conservation movement.

You can find out about volunteer opportunities for you by contacting

youthwellington@forestandbird.org.nz

 

Like a stream running through the forest Zealandia can invigorate your mind and help build a community.photo credit: Chris Helliwell

 

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT

Curious to work with colleagues to find out how you can bring conservation and nature to the classroom? Are you looking for the opportunity to contribute your learning with an internship? Have you prioritised nature as a key focus area for professional learning and are interested in developing your leadership skills and knowledge?

ZEALANDIA offers ongoing opportunities supporting Professional Learning and Development.

Biology teachers having a blast running some experiments at Zealandia.

TEACHER PLD

The ZEALANDIA Education and Youth team offer PLD opportunities for teachers at ECE, Primary and Secondary levels throughout the year.

Key focus areas are the science and social science curriculum strands, but we are happy to discuss specific requirements to create a bespoke PLD opportunity for your organisation.

PLD workshops and opportunities will be advertised as they become available.

 If you would like to work with ZEALANDIA to create a PLD opportunity at your organisation or if you would like to chat through what we can offer your learning please contact us.

education@visitzealandia.com

One of the Zealandia Conservation interns involved in some of the work in the sanctuary.

INTERNSHIPS

ZEALANDIA hosts internship opportunities across all areas of the organisation, particularly within the Conservation, Learning and Engagement and Enterprises teams.

If you would like to undertake an Internship at ZEALANDIA please get in touch

info@visitzealandia.com

Staff and volunteers at Zealandia involved in some of the work that revolves around science in the sanctuary.

ROYAL SOCIETY Science Teaching Leadership Programme

ZEALANDIA supports the Royal Society Science Teaching Leadership Programme.

If you are interested in working with ZEALANDIA as part of this programme please contact the Royal Society Science Teaching Leadership Programme.