ACTIVITIES & RESOURCES

Considering building a wētā hotel or creating the ultimate lizard garden in your backyard? Looking for a lesson plan to help you create a predator free school environment with your students or trying to find out how you can become a Conservation Ranger?

Whether you are a teacher, a family group or a young person, ZEALANDIA has a suite of activities and resources designed with you in mind.

Have a look at the different areas below to discover something for you!

Activities and resources are added on a regular basis. If you can’t find what you are looking for feel free to check back later or contact us on education@visitzealandia.com

 

 

FOR SCHOOLS & ECE

Curriculum linked activities and resources for use in the classroom, at your ECE centre, online or when learning from home.

FOR FAMILIES

Nature-inspired activities for the whole family. Indoors, in your backyard or at the local park these activities are a family experience.

FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

Looking for your next step or ideas to get creative in nature, check out these inspiring activities to connect you with the great outdoors.

 

Students learning online, in nature

 

RESOURCES FOR SCHOOLS AND ECE

 A collection of resources, ideas and activities for schools and ECE centres. Curriculum linked, engaging and interactive, these resources support learners and connect them with the world around them. 

 

ZEALANDIA TRADING CARD GAME©

Have a blast learning about Aotearoa New Zealand fauna, flora and environments with the ZEALANDIA Trading Card Game. Fun and engaging, players will discover what makes New Zealand nature so diverse and unique.

Who is it for? Years 2-8, Level 1-4
What is it? Physical resource - Trading Card Game
Curriculum links: English, Science, Maths

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CAN WE MAKE NEW ZEALAND PEST FREE?

Turn your school into a sanctuary with Can We Make New Zealand Pest Free? With this resource contribute toward New Zealand conservation efforts, have an impact on improving New Zealand biodiversity all in your own backyard!

Who is it for? Years 4-8, Level 2-3 (can be expanded to levels 1-4)
What is it? Resource package. Includes teacher resources, worksheets, thinking tools and more.
Curriculum links: Technology, Science, Mathematics, Languages

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MANU O AOTEAROA - TEACHER RESOURCE

Expand student knowledge and understanding of the manu (birds) found in Aotearoa New Zealand. Discover how they are connected to humans and human storytelling.

Who is it for? Years 4-9, Level 3-4
What is it? Resource package. Includes teacher resources, worksheets, thinking tools and more.
Curriculum links: Science, Social Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics, English, Languages

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Citizen Science - Teacher resource

Introduce students to the concept of citizen science and how they too can contribute to the collection of important scientific data in their schools and local communities.

Who is it for? Years 4-8, Level 3-4
What is it? Resource package. Includes lesson plans and supporting links and references.
Curriculum links: Science, Technology, Social Science, English, Languages.

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WHERE HAVE ALL THE TAKAHĒ GONE?

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

Who is it for? Year 12, NCEA Biology Level 2
What is it? Resource package. Includes teacher resources, worksheets, thinking tools and more.
Curriculum links: NCEA Biology Level 2

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BUILD YOUR OWN MINIBEAST PLAYGROUND

How do minibeasts move? Where do they like to live? Discover answers to these questions with ZEALANDIA Education Ranger Anne and get inspired as she shows you ideas to create your own minibeast playground at your ECE centre.

Who is it for? Early Childhood
What is it? Short video telling you how to make your very own minibeast playground


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VISIT ZEALANDIA ON GOOGLE EARTH

From the comfort of your classroom take a virtual journey through ZEALANDIA. Enjoy 360-degree views, stop at the kākā feeders and look over the Upper Dam. Discover the inhabitants that call Te Māra a Tāne home.






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Lizard garden - a student project

This project will empower students and lets them take positive action for the environment and their community. A project plan booklet will support learners through all phases of the project.

Who is it for? Years 7-8 (can be expanded to years 5-10), Level 4 (or 3-5 depending on teacher/adult support)
What is it? Resource to support a student driven project.
Curriculum links: Science, Social Sciences, English, Languages, Technology, Arts

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A family enjoying the sunshine on a lawn

 

ACTIVITIES FOR FAMILIES

Fun activities for the whole family!

 

WILDLIFE PUPPET WORKSHOPS

Join Anna from String Bean Puppets as she shows you how to make your very own wildlife puppets. Using ZEALANDIA inhabitants as inspiration, Anna starts with something simple before progressing to shadow puppets and beyond.

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MANU o AOTEAROA - Learn about birds!

Think you know your tūī from your tiu? Stories about korimako? Or fun facts about the warou? With the help of the Manu o Aotearoa activity sheets learn how to tell your tūī from your tiu stories about korimako and more!

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Which is which? Pest matching activity

In this fun activity test your knowledge of introduced pest species. Spot the pest that is NOT a mammal, match the pest with their characteristics and learn about the impact that these critters have on New Zealand wildlife.

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BACKYARD BIOBLITZ

Ever wondered what might be living in your backyard? Follow this guide for some tips on how to use the iNaturalist app and to discover what creatures and plants call your backyard 'home'.

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MAKE A LIZARD GARDEN

Invite some wilderness into your garden! We have collated a series of resources to start you on your journey to make your backyard more attractive for lizards to live in as well as being a safe haven for native wildlife.

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MAKE A WHARE WĒTĀ

Keep the wētā in your garden safe from predators by making them a motel they can check into when they need to get their beauty sleep. Instructions for everything from a simple wētā campground to a more luxurious abode.

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MINDFULNESS IN YOUR BACKYARD

Print this poster and take it with you into your backyard, local park or simply put it up on your wall to remind you to take some time in your day to do this sensory grounding.

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ZEALANDIA NATURE QUIZ

Make your way through the Nature Quiz and discover some weird, fun and fascinating facts about creatures and plants living in Aotearoa New Zealand. Take this eight question quiz and fill up your kete (basket) of nature knowledge!

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Young person relaxing in the backyard

 

ACTIVITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

Looking for your next step or ideas to get creative in nature, check out these inspiring activities to connect you with the great outdoors.

 

Conservation Career kōrero

Interested in working with nature? Want to find out more?

Conservation Career kōrero is a series of short films featuring ZEALANDIA staff. Discover the many and varied daily tasks they undertake. Find out about the pathways they took to ‘land’ their current job and get some advice on getting your own conservation career.

→ New content added 17/06/2020

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NGĀ MAHI TIAKI TAIAO |
CONSERVATION CAREERS : NEXT STEPS

Ngā Mahi Tiaki Taiao | Conservation Careers: Next Steps brings together conservation careers from across Aotearoa. Inside, it has tips for getting started, information on hands-on conservation jobs, training and degree options, as well as ideas for building your CV.


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MINI MASTERCLASSES

Get started with your own creative exploration of Nature with ZEALANDIA Mini-Master classes. Whether you want to practice your photography or improve your illustration, these short films are designed to provide you with tips to get you informed and inspired.




→ New content added 03/06/2020

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