The regional parks come alive as students awaken their senses to explore the awe and wonder of the natural world.

They learn to listen to different bird calls, feel the different parts of a tree and see bugs in their natural habitat. Through these activities, students understand how birds, bugs and trees are all connected.

Three children look at the ground using magnifying glasses

Year level 0 to 2
Curriculum level 1 to 2
Availability Year-round
Times 9.30am to 11.45am, or 
12.15pm to 2.30pm
Sites Groynes
Christchurch Botanic Gardens 
Halswell Quarry
Victoria Park
Spencer Park
Travis Wetland
Local parks by negotiation
Cost  Free
Number of students Maximum of 35

Risk analysis and management (RAM)

Programme outline

Key concepts

Interdependence of the birds, plants and animals, taking care of natural areas and personal responsibility for action.

Lesson description/intentions

Possible activities include making friends with a tree, going on an insect hunt, exploring the tree tops, playing a tumbling trees game and telling a story about saving a park. Activities will be adjusted according to your students' age, attention span and interest levels as well as the site chosen.

Possible success criteria

Students may be able to:

  • give at least one reason why this place is special for them.
  • name at least two of the plants, birds and/or insects that like to live in the park.
  • identify some places that different birds and/or insects live.
  • explain that living organisms need food, water and shelter to survive.
  • state one thing that they can do to look after this environment.

Key competencies

  • Thinking – students will use creative, critical and metacognitive processes to make sense of their surroundings and the organisms living in their local park.
  • Managing self – we aim to empower students to see themselves as capable learners by presenting them with engaging, interactive activities.
  • Participating and contributing – students are invited to become involved in their local community by considering how they can take responsibility for local community areas.
Learning area Strands Curriculum level Achievement objectives
Science Nature of science 1
  • Investigating in science
  • Communicating in science
  • Participating and contributing
Science Living world 1
  • Life processes
  • Ecology
Science Planet Earth and beyond 1
  • Earth systems
Social sciences   1
  • Understand how places in New Zealand are significant for individuals and groups
Health and physical education Personal health and physical development 1
  • Safety management
Health and physical education Movement concepts and motor skills 1
  • Positive attitudes/challenges and social and cultural factors
Health and physical education Relationships with other people 1
  • Identity, sensitivity and respect
Health and physical education Healthy communities and environments 1
  • Rights, responsibilities and laws/people and the environment


"Great interaction with the children, both educators were fantastic and made the outing very exciting with their enthusiasm." Teacher, Year 2

"The content was pitched perfectly for this age group. The paced moved well. The timing was just right." Teacher, Year 2

"Some people saw worms and little spiders... It was fun. I was really, really happy." Student, Year 2