Spotlights

for Inspiration

We put the Spotlight on ākonga, environmental education providers and communities who are working together to solve local issues. Seasonal collections of resources are also highlighted here.

Matariki, Environment and Wellbeing

Resources and articles that support celebration and learning about Matariki, with links to our natural environment and wellbeing.

Matariki, Environment and Wellbeing

Matariki, Environment and Wellbeing

Resources and articles that support celebration and learning about Matariki, with links to our natural environment and wellbeing.

Rangi | Climate, Air, Sky
Hauora | Nature Connection
Aotearoa-wide
May 26, 2024
Aotearoa-wide
matariki puanga winter celebration book wellbeing hauora
Eco-Building: Muddy Feet and Creative Minds

Explore stories, ideas and resources from Enviroschools across the country who are designing and building with nature in mind.

Eco-Building: Muddy Feet and Creative Minds

Eco-Building: Muddy Feet and Creative Minds

Explore stories, ideas and resources from Enviroschools across the country who are designing and building with nature in mind.

Pūngao Tauwhiro, Waka, Whare | Sustainable Energy, Transport and Buildings
Māra | Gardens, Farms, Green spaces
Whenua | Land, Soil
Aotearoa-wide
May 23, 2024
Aotearoa-wide
house build design cob renewable natural hut outdoor classroom mud enviroschool
Rākau | Trees in our Learning Spaces

Explore resources & events that support ākonga and the wider community to learn about and strengthen their relationships with trees.

Rākau | Trees in our Learning Spaces

Rākau | Trees in our Learning Spaces

Explore resources & events that support ākonga and the wider community to learn about and strengthen their relationships with trees.

Ngahere | Plants, Fungi
Aotearoa-wide
May 8, 2024
Aotearoa-wide
Connecting to Place, Mātauranga Māori and Histories

Engage with stories, resources and programmes to support local curriculum, with a focus on connection and care for te taiao.

Connecting to Place, Mātauranga Māori and Histories

Connecting to Place, Mātauranga Māori and Histories

Engage with stories, resources and programmes to support local curriculum, with a focus on connection and care for te taiao.

Hauora | Nature Connection
Aotearoa-wide
April 26, 2024
Aotearoa-wide
matauranga maori mana orite place-based Tiriti treaty tauiwi cultural capability
Te Kauwhata Community Compost Hub

Para Kore support primary school ākonga in the Waikato to establish this successful example of community collaboration and education.

Te Kauwhata Community Compost Hub

Te Kauwhata Community Compost Hub

Para Kore support primary school ākonga in the Waikato to establish this successful example of community collaboration and education.

Māra | Gardens, Farms, Green spaces
Moumou Kore | Living Waste-Free
Whenua | Land, Soil
Waikato
March 26, 2024
Waikato
compost soil carbon garden primary microbes matauranga mātauranga
Ngahuru | Autumn Seasonal Activities

Celebrate the changing seasons with these activities, stories and rituals related to the harvest time of ngahuru and autumn equinox.

Ngahuru | Autumn Seasonal Activities

Ngahuru | Autumn Seasonal Activities

Celebrate the changing seasons with these activities, stories and rituals related to the harvest time of ngahuru and autumn equinox.

Hauora | Nature Connection
Māra | Gardens, Farms, Green spaces
Ngahere | Plants, Fungi
Aotearoa-wide
March 11, 2024
Aotearoa-wide
Street Art: Children’s Voices and Climate Action

Inspiring stories from Ōtautahi schools, highlighting the importance of arts, student agency and wellbeing in climate learning.

Street Art: Children’s Voices and Climate Action

Street Art: Children’s Voices and Climate Action

Inspiring stories from Ōtautahi schools, highlighting the importance of arts, student agency and wellbeing in climate learning.

Rangi | Climate, Air, Sky
Waitaha | Canterbury
March 10, 2024
Waitaha | Canterbury
climate change mural art arts community christchurch
Active Travel Action Improves Safety and Environment

Collaboration between Enviroschools, students and Porirua City Council produces benefits for ākonga, community and the environment.

Active Travel Action Improves Safety and Environment

Active Travel Action Improves Safety and Environment

Collaboration between Enviroschools, students and Porirua City Council produces benefits for ākonga, community and the environment.

Pūngao Tauwhiro, Waka, Whare | Sustainable Energy, Transport and Buildings
Te Upoko o te Ika a Māui | Wellington Region
March 9, 2024
Te Upoko o te Ika a Māui | Wellington Region
Empowered Students Share Stormwater Designs

Learn more about how students are addressing flooding in Tāmaki Makaurau with innovative LEGO models and experiential learning.

Empowered Students Share Stormwater Designs

Empowered Students Share Stormwater Designs

Learn more about how students are addressing flooding in Tāmaki Makaurau with innovative LEGO models and experiential learning.

Māra | Gardens, Farms, Green spaces
Pūngao Tauwhiro, Waka, Whare | Sustainable Energy, Transport and Buildings
Rangi | Climate, Air, Sky
Waimāori | Freshwater, Wetlands
Tāmaki Makaurau | Auckland
March 8, 2024
Tāmaki Makaurau | Auckland
putatara pūtatara water design tanks swales swale lego stem engineering technology cross-curricular inquiry
Secondary Education: Inspiration and Support

Explore stories, resources and programmes that support sustainability and place-based learning in secondary schools and kura.

Secondary Education: Inspiration and Support

Secondary Education: Inspiration and Support

Explore stories, resources and programmes that support sustainability and place-based learning in secondary schools and kura.

Hauora | Nature Connection
Māra | Gardens, Farms, Green spaces
Moana | Marine, Coast
Moumou Kore | Living Waste-Free
Rangi | Climate, Air, Sky
Aotearoa-wide
March 6, 2024
Aotearoa-wide
NCEA ncea assessment senior cross-curricular integrated efs local curriculum rangatahi adolescent adolescence adolescents school college
English Curriculum for Te Taiao

Secondary English teacher Nicola Easthope explores opportunities to embed environmental education and student agency within English.

English Curriculum for Te Taiao

English Curriculum for Te Taiao

Secondary English teacher Nicola Easthope explores opportunities to embed environmental education and student agency within English.

Ngā Kararehe | Animals
Aotearoa-wide
March 4, 2024
Aotearoa-wide
te mataiaho mātaiaho civics protest advocacy literature texts poetry film novel indigenous place
Learning with Nature

Watch engaging videos from ECE, primary and secondary teachers, sharing stories and advice to connect ākonga with nature and place.

Learning with Nature

Learning with Nature

Watch engaging videos from ECE, primary and secondary teachers, sharing stories and advice to connect ākonga with nature and place.

Hauora | Nature Connection
Māra | Gardens, Farms, Green spaces
Moumou Kore | Living Waste-Free
Ngahere | Plants, Fungi
Whenua | Land, Soil
Aotearoa-wide
March 3, 2024
Aotearoa-wide
Climate Hope, Wellbeing and Action

Explore teaching resources, articles and videos to help support learning, wellbeing and actions in our climate-changed communities.

Climate Hope, Wellbeing and Action

Climate Hope, Wellbeing and Action

Explore teaching resources, articles and videos to help support learning, wellbeing and actions in our climate-changed communities.

Rangi | Climate, Air, Sky
Aotearoa-wide
February 29, 2024
Aotearoa-wide
climate change ecoanxiety ece primary secondary adaptation extreme weather
Moana | Marine Resources for Seaweek

Celebrate Seaweek in March with these engaging resources and tools for connecting ākonga with our oceans, beaches and estuaries.

Moana | Marine Resources for Seaweek

Moana | Marine Resources for Seaweek

Celebrate Seaweek in March with these engaging resources and tools for connecting ākonga with our oceans, beaches and estuaries.

Moana | Marine, Coast
Ngā Kararehe | Animals
Aotearoa-wide
January 10, 2024
Aotearoa-wide
sea ocean coast beach shore seashore rocky shore
Getting Students Outside, Connecting Science with Place

Bianca Woyak discusses the place-based, outdoor projects that are engaging ākonga at Burnside Primary School.

Getting Students Outside, Connecting Science with Place

Getting Students Outside, Connecting Science with Place

Bianca Woyak discusses the place-based, outdoor projects that are engaging ākonga at Burnside Primary School.

Hauora | Nature Connection
Māra | Gardens, Farms, Green spaces
Ngā Kararehe | Animals
Waitaha | Canterbury
November 3, 2023
Waitaha | Canterbury
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