NORTHLAND OUTDOOR ADVENTURES EDUCATION

FIELD SCIENCE OUTDOOR EDUCATION

NOA can work with your school, teaching environmental monitoring, conservation field work and facilitated engagement with industry.

FIELD SCIENCE –

Environmental and
terrestrial based education

SCOPE;

Your facilitators for environmental based learning have many years of industry experience and well over a decade of tertiary teaching experience from conservation youth programmes to diploma level study.

Due to NOA’s experience as outdoor instructors we are strong believers in contextualising theoretical learning into practical activities to aid understanding and assimilation of concepts and ideas. “Make it real, make it stick” philosophy.

NOA can offer a broad range of classroom-based learning and/or field trips to compliment current subject delivery. Involvement with conservation organisations and industry can also be facilitated. It obviously sits perfectly in STEM based curriculums.

OUR  ENVIRONMENTAL / FIELD SCIENCE BASED ACTIVITIES

Science can be fun and interactive. Your practical field project work will get students out and about while learning applied environmental management and conservation field skills. Using forests and local marine areas students will have the opportunity to get their feet wet, collect samples, take photos/footage, study species, conduct surveys and collect data. Even participate in national or local monitoring projects and local conservation efforts. Most importantly they will learn by “doing,” taking the theory from the classroom into the field. For practical / kinaesthetic and visual learners this method of delivery is golden.

You can choose from the below selection, combine aspects of interest and tailor field trips to compliment your classroom delivery. We can also deliver classroom theory for each topic with interactive, facilitated lectures covering a range of applicable issues, including PowerPoints and workbooks. Just let us know what you need, and we will design a package to suit whether it’s a one-off event or a regular inclusion to your curriculum.

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Bush walking / tramping

A focus on Bush safety, track navigation, national track systems/tourism, local area knowledge botany / plant identification, plant use, (traditional uses / harvesting / storage), bush foods / rongoa.

 

Practical field work options

  • Local track walking, overnight tramping experiences, collect and eat a native bush food lunch.

Freshwater and riparian issues and solutions

A focus on erosion and control, land modifications effects, siltation of freshwater and marine systems, effects to organisms.

 

Practical field work options

  • Native plant propagation/seed collecting and eco-sourcing/riparian planting projects/siltation rate surveys/water quality analysis surveys

Estuary life and marine issues and solutions

A focus on zonation and habitat, population abundance, species diversity and biomass, ecosystem threats and solutions, marine surveying, reserves and MPA’s. Marine debris/entanglement / ingestion.

 

Practical field work options

  • Shell fish abundance surveys (quadrat and transect methodology)
  • Estuary life surveys (biodiversity and zonation)
  • Bio-fouling surveys (boat hulls and marinas)
  • Goat island camp/Auckland Uni. lab/marine reserve experience.
  • Coastal clean up and debris monitoring.
  • Project Jonah whale stranding course.

Introduction to New Zealand biodiversity

A focus on endemic and endangered species, ecosystem composition and botanical identification.

 

Practical field work options

  • Local endangered shore bird population surveys (one off or annual data collection)
  • Island sanctuary surveys
  • Field trips, Aroha island, D.o.C conservancy sites, private sites of significance
  • Native flora identification and recording/sampling

New Zealand natural history (ecological and geological)

A focus on NZ evolutionary periods, geological timescales, tectonics and volcanism, species adaption and evolution in isolation (island biogeography).

 

Practical field work options

  • Field trips to local geological or ecological areas of significance
  • Species case studies and field information collection

Introduction to ecology

A focus on food webs / feeding relationships, interaction of life (symbiosis), ecosystems, taxonomy and evolution.

 

Practical field work options

  • Observational field trips to see ecology in action.
  • Tell us what you are covering in class and we will design a field trip to suit.

HOW CAN NOA HELP YOU?

Enquire today to discuss how can work with your school to design classroom based environmental education programmes and / or field trips to compliment current subject delivery.

Haere mai, haere mai, haere mai Te Tai Tokerau.

ONCE, TWICE AND THRICE WELCOME TO NORTHLAND.

Northland Outdoor Adventures offer quality surf, kayak, forest and archaeological coastal tours across the Bay of Islands, Whangaroa, and the Northland Peninsula, New Zealand. We also provide educational programmes for your school or corporate activity.

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