Connect with te taiao as we move into the cooler seasons
This term full of events and opportunities related to nature and sustainability, encouraging us to celebrate and plant trees, reduce our contribution to plastic waste and take our learning outside. As we move into the colder months, we can engage with the changing seasons and strengthen our connection with te taiao by preparing for the return of Matariki or Puanga.
Click on the bold headings below to access resources, websites and more information about these events.
Autumn and Winter seasonal slideshows from DOC
International Compost Awareness Week 7 - 13 May
Primary Science Week: Citizen Science focus 8 - 12 May
This could be a great way to introduce the idea of 'citizen science' before taking part in the NZ Garden Bird Survey later in the term.
Outdoor Classroom Day 18 May
Search our Resource catalogue for lots of ideas to take your learning outside - something you can do any day of the year!
International Day for Biodiversity 22 May
Watch this short and engaging video from DOC - Ranger Kōrero: Exploring Biodiversity
World Environment Day and Arbor Day 5 June (also King’s Birthday Public holiday)
The World Environment Day theme this year is 'Solutions to Plastic Pollution', which is a great lead in to Plastic Free July.
Arbor Day is often celebrated by local or district councils, along with community restoration groups, so keep an eye out for planting days in your area.
Find out more about planting and caring for trees in our spotlight: Rākau | Trees in our Learning Spaces
Be With a Tree Week - Dates TBC (usually around the long weekend in June)
This Kiwi Conservation Club event page hasn't been updated for 2023 yet, but you can access great resources from previous years.
Winter Solstice 22 June
Learn more about seasonal celebrations with tamariki in Juliet Batten's books: Celebrating the Southern Seasons and Sun, Moon and Stars.
NZ Garden Bird Survey 24 June - 2 July
Although it's towards the end of the school term, we highly recommend getting involved with this engaging and accessible citizen science project. The website has lots of resources and advice specifically designed for teachers and young people.
Plastic Free July
Find information specific to Aotearoa NZ on the Plastic Free July Aotearoa Facebook page.
Matariki Public holiday on 14 July
Read our Spotlight: Matariki, Environment and Wellbeing for ideas and resources