Working with the weather wasn't quite in our favour on Thursday 24th March for our visit to Oteora; but despite the rain, and some changes to plans, we had an enjoyable day. All our learners walked away with some new learning. What an amazing treasure / taonga on our doorstep. The Oteora Trust was formed in 1977 when Margaret and Godfrey Mackersey gifted a block of native forest on their farm for Otumoetai College to hold their camps. 45 years later, the Trust is still going strong and the forest is now seeing regular pest control.
Our learners enjoyed a hike through the native bush and everyone experienced at least one activity while up at Oteora. After getting somewhat wet, some learners caught the bus back to school to get warm; while others continued some forest learning. Janie, our education and engagement manager, is keen to support setting up a future camp at Oteora for our learners.
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.