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The role of observation in science

Observation is something we often do instinctively. Observation helps us decide whether it’s safe to cross the road and helps to determine if cupcakes are ready to come out of the oven ...

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Making and using a quadrat

Quadrats are used for sampling purposes. They are squares of a set size placed in a particular habitat such as a rocky shore or forest floor. Plant and/or animal species within the quadrat are ...

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Protecting native birds

New Zealand birds evolved in isolation from natural predators for around 65 million years. When human settlers arrived, changes came rapidly, and birds were poorly adapted to withstand threats to ...

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Citizen scientists

Citizen scientists are volunteers who participate in scientific projects. They work in partnership with scientists to answer interesting and relevant questions. When involved in environmental ...

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Healthy homes, healthy futures

Citizen science and the local community Rongomai Primary School is leading a Healthy Homes, Healthy Futures project. The project is part of the Participatory Science Platform (PSP) programme ...

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Project Hotspot: Using citizen science to better protect ...

Project Hotspot is a Taranaki-based citizen science project and one of the Participatory Science Platform (PSP) projects supported by the New Zealand Government. The Ngā Motu Marine Reserve ...

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Students help restore mauri to the Oruarangi Stream

An industrial purple dye spill devastated the Oruarangi Stream ecosystem in 2013. It’s hard to believe such an event could have a positive outcome, but it was the inspiration behind a ...

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A butterfly story in a primary classroom

The New Zealand Curriculum has a strong focus on ensuring that all students have the skills and knowledge to participate in public debates and decision-making processes as critical, active ...

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Eco-explorers

In this recorded professional learning session, Greta Dromgool and Ben Moorhouse from the Department of Conservation unpack conservation education and: introduce some exciting DOC resources aimed ...

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Sediment and seashores – monitoring Otago Harbour

Students and scientists teamed up to monitor Otago Harbour as part of their citizen science initiative Sediment and Seashores: What are the Consequences? The project is part of the Participatory ...

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Pest detectives

In this recorded professional learning session, Greta Dromgool from the Science Learning Hub and Adrienne De Melo and Ben Moorhouse from the Department of Conservation share the many learning ...

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Stream works for fish

Riffles, pools, reaches, rapids, waterfalls, glides, eddies, meanders, overhangs and undercuts – there’s more to a stream than just water. Streams are smaller water bodies, characterised by ...

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Piecing it all together

In this activity, students use different pieces of a jigsaw to work through a process of observation, discussion, collaboration and deduction to determine what the picture shows. The activity is ...

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Give our native fish a hand!

Fish-friendly streams provide diverse habitats for our native fish as well as supporting the insects and plants they need for food and shelter. Learn about the many different ways people can help ...

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Native fish in the city

Our cities have a maze of often forgotten waterways tucked away beneath weedy banks or buried in concrete pipes under busy streets. Native freshwater fish, our hidden treasures, may still be ...

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Community conservation and a community nursery

Barb and Neill Simpson are passionate conservationists working to promote conservation and to help create a healthy environment where native New Zealand flora and fauna thrive. From early ...

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Citizen science – online animal identification

Help your students become citizen scientists and learn about New Zealand urban ecology while contributing to scientific research. The project Identify New Zealand Animals is an online citizen ...

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Planning for change

New Zealand has 425,000 kilometres of rivers and streams to look after. Catchment groups are being formed around the country to look after our waterways from the mountains to the sea. These ...

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Planting stream edges

Our freshwater native fish like to keep their cool. They’re used to shaded waterways lined with dense vegetation because over 80% of New Zealand was once forested. Stream work for fish is ...

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