Term Two 2024: Seasonal Learning and Events

Term Two 2024: Seasonal Learning and Events

Connect with te taiao as we move into the cooler seasons

This term is full of events and opportunities related to nature and sustainability, encouraging us to celebrate and plant trees, take our learning outside and take part in Citizen Science projects about biodiversity and birds. 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.

Read our Ngahuru | Autumn Seasonal Learning spotlight for ideas and check out the list of events below. You could also use the Autumn and Winter seasonal slideshows from DOC to find ideas for nature connection over the coming seasons.

Click on the bold headings below to access resources, websites and more information about these events.

Week 1

City Nature Challenge 26 April - 5 May
If you're based in one of our main cities, you could join this fun Citizen Science opportunity focused on biodiversity.

Week 2

International Compost Awareness Week 5 - 11 May
This year's theme is Compost: Nature's Climate Champion and you can find some useful information and resources by clicking on the link above.

For an Aotearoa context: read or watch Te Kauwhata Community Compost Hub which has recently been added to our website.

Week 4

Outdoor Classroom Day 23 May
Search our Resource catalogue for lots of ideas to take your learning outside - something you can do any day of the year!

Week 5

International Day for Biodiversity  22 May
Watch this short and engaging video from DOC - Ranger Kōrero: Exploring Biodiversity

Week 6

World Environment Day  and Arbor Day  5 June
The focus for World Environment Day this year is on land restoration, desertification and drought resilience, which ties in nicely with planting and restoring native forest habitat.

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.

Read Rākau | Trees in our Learning Spaces to find out more about planting trees.

World Ocean Day 8 June
This year's theme is "Catalyzing Action for our Ocean and Climate"

Week 8

Winter Solstice 21 June
Learn more about seasonal celebrations with tamariki in Juliet Batten's books: Celebrating the Southern Seasons and Sun, Moon and Stars.

Week 9

Matariki Public Holiday 28 June

Read our Spotlight: Matariki, Environment and Wellbeing for ideas and resources

Week 9 - 10

NZ Garden Bird Survey  29 June - 7 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.

School Holidays

Plastic Free July
Find information specific to Aotearoa NZ on the Plastic Free July Aotearoa Facebook page.