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Environmental Education

There are lots of ways for you to connect your family, tamariki and students to the environment. From formal education programmes to downloadable factsheets, there are a range of resources available to explore our native bush, and learn about biodiversity and conservation.

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Kiwi Guardians on Tawa Loop

Looking for a fun challenge? Go for a walk on Tawa Loop in Te Āpiti – Manawatū Gorge and see if you can spot everything on the Adventure Map. You could even earn yourself a cool certificate and medal!

Get Ready

Make sure you’re all ready to go with the following items:

The Adventure Map – you can print it here.
Water bottle
Waterproof jacket
Warm clothes
Your parent or guardian!

See details on how long the walk takes and more here.

Go and Explore

Take your printed Adventure Map and see if you can find everything on the map! Number five is the most important one – make sure you write down the secret code.

Receive your award

Fill in the award form, and make sure you have the secret code ready (that’s the one you found on the walk). You will then be sent an awesome Kiwi Guardians certificate and medal!

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The Department of Conservation’s Education Resources

Want to help your kids learn more about the environment? The Department of Conservation has a range of activities and resources available. Check them out for some inspiration.

Tū Te Manawa Ferry Reserve
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Tū Te Manawa

Tū Te Manawa is a kaupapa (initiative) to erect eight whare (educational kiosks) that bring whānau, hapū, iwi and community back to the awa (river). Tū Te Manawa has been funded by the Ministry for the Environment’s Te Mana o te Wai fund and supported by the Manawatū River Leaders’ Accord. There is a Tū Te Manawa whare at the foot of Te Āpiti in Woodville Ferry Reserve, visit the kiosk to learn more about the rich cultural history of Te Āpiti – Manawatū Gorge.