Kids getting involved in restoration
Image: Mike Tapp | DOC


Education resources suitable for the early childhood school curriculum.

The curriculum level is shown below although many can be adapted to suit other levels. The thumbnails show the main topic of the resource.

Other useful resources

A selection of learning and teaching resources produced by other organisations or groups, suitable for early childhood school curriculum.


Coastal birds trading card game

A fun way to learn about our native birds! Look out for uncommon, rare and even 'super rare' birds in your pack.

Produced by: Zealandia
Game | All levelsContact the Zealandia education team to get your free set.

Produced by Ed Jones, conservation volunteer
Video | Early childhood/primary: Watch Joey the rowi on YouTube

Whio game

Produced by Whio Forever
Game | All levels: The 'Stoats and Rivers' game is a fun way to teach kids about the lvies of whio and the efforts to protect them. Download the game from the Whio Forever website.

Forests and green spaces

Backyard butterfly count

Between 10 and 30 November, everyone has been asked to go out an spend an hour looking for and counting butterflies. You can go anywhere; your garden, local park or reserve or even one of our national parks.

Produced by Monarch Butterfly NZ Trust
Website | All levelsProgramme/data collection tool

The Great Kererū Count

The Great Kererū Count was set up to help us get a better understanding of kererū numbers and distribution across New Zealand. It is an annual citizen science project and the more people who participate, the better the understanding we will get of how kererū are doing.

Produced by The Great Kererū Count.
Activity | All levels: a href="">Kererū education pack.

Garden bird guide

Produced by Landcare Research
Poster | All levels: Garden bird guide (PDF, 386K)

Insect fact poster

Provides information on insect structure, role in the environment, worldwide and New Zealand diversity.
Produced by Landcare Research
Poster | All levels: Fascinating insects fact poster (PDF, 895K)

Wildtime for schools – outdoor activities

Easy to navigate website listing various activities that encourage outdoor exploration and getting to know your local natural environments in fun and creative ways.

Produced by the Wild Network Project
Website | Early childhood and Levels 1-4: Wildtime for schools


SHMAK freshwater invertebrate identification guide

Produced by NIWA.
Website | All levelsData collection tool Great Interactive identification tool


Black petrels of Aotea - Great Barrier Island bird monitoring

Produced by Ed Jones, conservation volunteer
Video | All levelsWatch Black petrels of Aotea on YouTube

Marine Metre Squared

Marine Meter Squared is a national Citizen Science project encouraging New Zealanders to survey the plants and animals living on their local seashore. The website has a range of resources including species identification guides and instructional videos on how to carry out a mm2 survey.

Produced by NZ Marine Studies Centre, University of Otago
Website | All levels: Citizen Science programme - data collection tools

Take action

The Ministry of Education has some great tools and resources around Education for sustainability that we recommend.

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