One of the most important kaupapa to come from the Rotoroa Island Trust’s partnership with Auckland Zoo is the educational conservation field trips that have been available on the island since 2014.
The Trust and Auckland Zoo hope to inspire a generation of young
New Zealanders to love and respect the Hauraki Gulf through their
experiences on Rotoroa Island. These field trips focus on the
importance of conservation, and the practical steps students can
take to nurture our whenua into the future.
Determined to provide something truly engaging for children, the
team at Auckland Zoo have developed a day in the field on Rotoroa
Island that's different to other conservation education
"It's not enough to take kids to an island and go for a walk,"
says Brian Ireland, the leader of Rotoroa Island's education
programme. "Demonstrating conservation is key." In fact,
demonstrating conservation the driving ethos of Rotoroa
Children participating in the island's education programme will
have an informative and interactive learning experience that
strives to make a difference to how students see the world. "Our
island experience is not a walk and a talk," says Brian. "Kids
learn a range of conservation techniques and get to use them within
a real island sanctuary."
These techniques range from learning how to use GPS to find
tracking tunnels across the island, to identifying animal tracks -
good and bad - within tracking tunnels. Toy birds with trackers are
hidden across the island for school groups to find using telemetry.
It's the kind of hand's on experience that demonstrates the
real-life application of science. "Within a day they've learned a
set of science skills and go away with a real interest in
conservation and the Hauraki Gulf."
Check out the Zoo Tales
episode on an education field trip to Rotoroa.
BOOKING INFORMATION AND COSTS
Facilitated by Auckland Zoo educators, year 5 to 13 students
have the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities based on
real, current conservation fieldwork practices on Rotoroa
Transportation costs for field trips are subsidised by
the Rotoroa Island Trust. Prices start from $8 per student, with
one adult travelling free of charge for every six paying students
(every additional adult is $45). Please note it is the
responsibility of the school to organise and cover the cost of
transport to and from the ferry terminal.
Individual class field trips will take place on Tuesdays
Term 4 2016: from October 11 to December 8
Term 1 2017: from February 2 to April 14
These are full-day trips that depart from the downtown ferry
terminal at 8.00am and return to Auckland at 5.00pm.
There is a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 60 students per
Places are limited. To register your class, visit the Auckland Zoo website. You must fill out an
application form and email it to Education Programme Officer firstname.lastname@example.org.
Independent class trips
If you're interested in organising an independent class
trip, please email us at email@example.com and tell us
what you'd like to do.