Education Resource – links and examples
Penguin and Seabird Education Resource
The Trust has developed a penguin and seabird education resource especially for the West Coast but it will be of value for educators and children everywhere, particularly coastal areas of New Zealand. (Scroll down for link.)
“Blue Penguins & Other Seabirds. Activities for exploration and action for schools and community groups” is aimed at children in the age range 5 to 9 but can be adapted for younger or older children. The goal is for local people to learn about and take action for the wildlife in their own back yard. Research has also shown that children gain essential values for the environment and a connectedness to nature in this age group.
On the West Coast, where the rural communities are very spread out, the provision of a resource of easy to use activities for teachers and youth leaders, to use as and when it suits them, will realistically reach more children than the Trust can reach through occasional visits and classroom sessions.
Printed copies are being supplied to every primary school, home school group, scout, guide and other youth groups as well as DOC education rangers and school holiday programme providers.
The resource has been written by environmental educator, Zoe Watson. It is aligned to the NZ Curriculum but the activities will work just as well within the structures of youth groups such as guides and scouts or holiday programmes.
Examples of badges available to Brownies are Out ‘n’ About, which includes enjoying nature and how to be observant, Animal World (caring for wildlife) and Green Machine (conservation). The education package will provide resources to help children work towards their badges at Brownies, Guides, Scouts and other youth groups.
Fun learning activities will be included within the education resource, including games and arts and crafts, which can be used by other groups including for example REAP (Rural Education Activities Programme), who provide holiday activities on the West Coast. With all the resources on line, they are readily available to home school parents and students and indeed anyone with an interest in sharing a love for and interest in the coastal environment with children.
The project focusses on blue penguins but includes sooty shearwaters (both species are in Gradual Decline, 2005 NZ Threat Classification System), Fiordland Crested Penguins or Tawaki (Nationally Endangered) and Westland Petrels (Range Restricted), all in their natural habitat. The coastal habitat of these species on the West Coast has, as it has around NZ, been modified or disturbed by humans and their activities.
We welcome any feedback on the new education resource and we would also love to receive photographs and stories as you have a go at the various activities. Please send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope you enjoy learning about and taking action for penguins and seabirds.
The LEARNZ videos that can be used in conjunction with the resource, can be found here:
Download the Education Resource
The resource is available for download as a PDF, after completing the form below.
This web-friendly version is 59 pages – 10.4MB.
If you would prefer a higher-resolution PDF, please email email@example.com.
Generously sponsored by
The Trust is being funded to present and demonstrate the material to a number of schools and youth groups during 2015-16 by the TrustPower West Coast Lend a Hand Foundation, the Sargood Bequest Fund and the Scotlands Te Kiteroa Fund so that the effectiveness of the resource can be maximised.
A big thank you to these wonderful grant making bodies!
Other useful websites:
Kerry-Jayne Wilson talks about blue penguins (short video)
Colouring pages and craft activities
Hint: have a look at the colour of penguins – feathers, beaks, eyes and feet – on the NZbirdsonline website
Penguin toilet paper roll craft (perhaps leave out the bowtie or bow!)
At the beach
Examples of children’s activities
Interesting articles about penguins in New Zealand
Our little blue neighbours (forest and bird magazine) (For more about The Royal Forest & Bird Society and to join, follow this link.)
A new home for korora – KCC Wild Things Sumer 2015-6 (For more about the Kiwi Conservation Club, more resources and to join, follow this link.)