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Summary Page: Ecological Restoration - bringing back native plants and animals
Term 3 starting 18 September 2018.



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Ever wanted to bring back native birds and plants to your local area? It's very difficult to do on your own, but how do you go about making it a community effort? Schools are a focal point for many communities and many people like to help with projects initiated by their school. Can you come up with a vision and a plan? Do you need experts to help, and are they in your local community or do you need to reach out further? Do you have a suitable location? Do you need permission?

On this field trip, during Conservation Week, you will go to Tiromoana Bush and follow its journey and see what the future will look like. You will learn how the restoration project started, as well as who has been involved and why. You will discover what people think about Tiromoana Bush and its associated walkway, then come up with a rating which demonstrates the value of Tiromoana Bush as a community project and community amenity.

To prepare for this field trip, LEARNZ content will support inquiry into:

  • Native habitats
  • Native plants
  • Native birds and animals
  • Pest plants and pest animals in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • The Carbon Cycle and the importance of plants
  • Kate Valley landfill
  • Restoration projects
  • Monitoring tools such as tracking tunnels and chew cards
  • Tiromoana Bush
  • Community recreation as part of restoration projects
  • Ecological restoration and sustainability

During this field trip you will:

  • See Andrew's tweets on twitter
  • Find out why every restoration project needs a plan and why they are all different
  • Learn about community involvement and why it is crucial to the success of a restoration project
  • Find out more about the effects of domestic and wild browsing animals such as cows, sheep, possums, deer and pigs
  • Inspect the new encircling deer fence and find out its multi-purpose use
  • Investigate the relationship between Kate Valley landfill and Tiromoana Bush
  • Visit Riccarton Bush to get familiar with the vision for Tiromoana Bush
  • Take stock of the native plants at Tiromoana Bush
  • Take stock of the native birds at Tiromoana Bush
  • Find pest species in Tiromoana Bush and learn how to get rid of them and what is being done to keep them out
  • Get up close to plants, animals, birds, and insects that live in Tiromoana Bush and find out why they are adapted to living here
  • Discover how everything is interconnected; plants, animals, people, the Earth, the air
  • Follow a school group as they work on their own "Biota Node"
  • Go on the Tiromoana Bush walkway and give it your own rating as a recreational activity
  • Learn about how the success of Tiromoana Bush is measured

After the field trip, challenge yourself to:

  • Find out which native plants are suited to your area
  • Find out which native birds live in your area, or used to
  • Find out which pest species are a problem in your area
  • Learn how to get rid of pest species in your area
  • Invite a botanist, zoologist or conservation worker to talk to your class or school about ecological restoration
  • Come up with an idea for a new recreation amenity in your area
  • Start your own community ecological restoration project
  • Find out more about national conservation projects like Predator Free 2050 and One Billion Trees

Where you will go

Tiromoana Bush makes up most of the valley immediately below the Kate Valley landfill in North Canterbury. The valley drains out to the Pacific Ocean and was once covered in thick coastal forest before being cleared for farmland. Now, TransWaste Canterbury is undertaking an ecological restoration project to re-introduce native plants, restoring wetland and forest habitats. Native plants will provide habitat for native birds and other native species to repopulate the area. The Tiromoana Bush walkway already provides stunning views out over the Pacific Ocean but will increasingly be a more "New Zealand" experience as the native plant and animal populations increase. Tirimoana Bush is planned to be an asset to the community, for generations.

Teacher comments about related field trips

"Students interested, good to have Māori view, overall great learning for kids. Relevant and NZ based learning about the Living World and conservation." Robyn Bennett from Stanmore Bay School

"Authentic context and linked to our inquiry for term 2. Useful for promoting Key Competencies - we used thinking, managing self, participating and contributing." Kathleen McIsaac from Cambridge East School

"Perfect as we were exploring Predator Free NZ as an inquiry unit. Great to see the relevance of our tracking and trapping in our local school bush area. Good that our kids also saw that people have paid jobs doing this work. It's real-life stuff!" Louise Peirce from Korokoro School

Learning Areas/Levels

Science: Living World Levels 2-4, Planet Earth and Beyond Levels 2-4; Social Sciences: Social Studies Levels 2-5; Social Studies: Place and Environment Levels 2-4, Continuity and Change Levels 2-4

  • Vision, Values, Key Competencies, Principles, Literacy and Numeracy

    By their nature, LEARNZ field trips integrate with the higher levels of the NZ Curriculum. Participation encourages development of the Key Competencies around Thinking, Using language, symbols and text, Managing self, Relating to others, and Participating and contributing. Teachers indicate this in testimonials. LEARNZ field trips have support and activities for Literacy, with opportunities to develop skills in Listening, Reading and Viewing and in Speaking, Writing and Presenting. More about LEARNZ as a Reading Resource and student writing opportunities with LEARNZ. Select LEARNZ field trips have support and activities for Numeracy, encouraging the development of skills in Number and Algebra, in Statistics and in Geometry and Measurement.

  • ESOL

    As well as providing visual and audio material and access to real experiences, LEARNZ links well to ESOL Principles, especially Principle 3 Maintain and make explicit the same learning outcomes for all the learners. How can I make the lesson comprehensible to all students? How can I plan the learning tasks so that all the students are actively involved? Do my students understand the learning outcomes? Principle 4 Begin with context embedded tasks which make the abstract concrete. How can I put these concepts into a concrete context?

  • What's in a Field Trip

    Every LEARNZ field trip has its own newly-built, self-contained web site ready for integration into your teaching and learning programme. Teacher Support has curriculum integration, resources, newsletters, support and evaluation. Prepare Students provides opportunities for student inquiry on two sets of image-rich background pages at reading levels 2 years apart, (students can click to have those pages read to them out loud), online interactive and other activities to check students' understanding, and a glossary. During the field trip there are live tweets on twitter, and daily additions such as a diary, video clips, profiles of the experts (ideal careers education), a photo gallery, and ambassador (mascot) page updates. Live web conferences via Adobe Connect enable teachers to managed students putting prepared and spontaneous questions to experts (recorded for replay). After the field trip, teachers are encouraged to take further action with their class in the community or to go on a related field trip, or to invite a guest speaker, or to present what they have learned to a wider group. Teachers also fill in an online evaluation (more about reflective practice), the field trip prize winner is drawn, and the final newsletter is sent. Content remains online for continued use.

  • How teachers use LEARNZ

    View teacher comments in testimonials and in the LEARNZ Group on the VLN. There are two main ways teachers use a LEARNZ virtual field trip with their class. Firstly, a LEARNZ field trip is ideally an immersive, engaging, synchronous, online learning experience with real-time components and a myriad of opportunities for teachers and students. Secondly, and less ideal but still effective, a LEARNZ field trip can be used as a retrospective experience where the resources such as photos, text, activities, videos and audioconferences/web conferences comprise a unique collection of authentic, contemporary New Zealand teaching and learning material.

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Inquiry Topics: adaptations, biodiversity, birds, Canterbury, carbon cycle, changing values, conservation, ecology, ecosystems, environment, environmental action, future focus, green waste, guardianship, kaitiaki, kaitiakitanga, land use, landfill, methane, monitoring change, native birds, native species, perspectives, pests, plants, recreation, resource use, restoration, sustainability, values, water quality, wetlands

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