Wellington’s famous ecosanctuary Zealandia has been running an environmental education programme for the last eight years which is turning young people into the next generation of conservationists.
The learning and education outside the classroom programme involves experiences both inside and outside the sanctuary, providing schools with resources, training and expertise.
Engaging with whanau and communities outside the sanctuary fence has encouraged schools to make their own areas safe for native flora and fauna, inspiring young people to help make New Zealand predator-free.
More than half of all conservation learning sessions in Wellington schools were delivered by the Zealandia outreach programme last year.
Initiatives like the Zealandia trading card game and an app to record in-sanctuary learning experiences have helped make conservation cool and engaged more than 10,000 kiwi kids each year.
There are also 10 Youth Ambassadors working alongside the education team which includes three full-time educators and a large number of volunteers, all working to empower our rangatahi to improve and care for our environment.
- Date: 26 May, 2017
- Category: Leadership in Communication and Education