Today Rooms 1 and 4 started their journey with ‘Bay Conservation Alliance’. This is a joint partnership to empower and enable our learners to restore nature. This term our learning is around the forest. Native forest in Aotearoa covers 50% of our land and is home to some of NZ’s most iconic and threatened species. We are privileged to live near the Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park, 37,000 hectares of native forest and Oteora in Whakamārama is at the foothills of this majestic range.
Today our learners were introduced to the forest ecosystem, the vital role it plays and the unique forest landscapes we have nearby us. Through a rotation of activities, there was a focus on pest animal control.
Next week we will be heading out on a field trip to Oteora for a full day's experience in the forest where we will focus on bird identification and calls, bird and invertebrate monitoring techniques, forest plants and fungi and forest invertebrates.
By working alongside Bay Conservation Alliance, our learners will discover how incredibly unique New Zealand is, gain an insight into many of the conservation challenges in New Zealand, and learn a set of practical conservation skills. We support the well-being of nature everywhere – our forests, streams, wetlands, harbours, estuaries and coastal areas as well as our own backyards.