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Term 2 starting 21 May 2013.



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Teachers - during Primary Science Week, bring your class to Fiordland National Park! The LEARNZ team and your famous 'Bugman', Ruud Kleinpaste, will take them deep into the bush with kids of their own age who've got a great story to tell. This trip fits well with big ideas like personal responsibility, food webs, mauri, conservation, community. This trip will be a highly motivating experience and would go well partnered with other LEARNZ threatened species trips. We'd love to have your students on board with this one. Enrol.

In preparation for this field trip you will learn about

  • a major conservation project with a difference driven by youth
  • leadership and community involvement
  • bugs, bats, birds and bush but also endangered kiwi, kaka, whio, bats, robins, mohua, kākāriki and yellow-flowered beech mistletoe
  • ecosystems, communities and habitats
  • predators and pest reduction programmes
  • the mauri or 'life force' of the Kepler area which has been weakened by the introduction of pests but which we have the power to restore
  • the concept of mainland islands for restoration
  • the broad range of skills needed to run the largest conservation project on NZ's mainland
  • how you could start and/or join a conservation project, and what makes a good application for funding
During the field trip you will
  • experience the Kepler Great Walk, meet other trampers and get to know the Kepler Mountains
  • go on a bug hunt with the bug man, Ruud Kleinpaste who says 'this has to be the most inspiring project on the planet'!
  • join the 'Adopt a line' project with kids from Fiordland schools and help coordinate stoat trap checks, obtain fresh bait, record catch results and share the experience through social media
  • monitor bat and bird populations with Fiordland students
  • go searching for native bats with night-vision
  • get a bird's eye view of the Kepler forest as you take a helicopter ride to Luxmore Hut and discover wildlife in the alpine zone
  • experience science and technology in action

Where you will go

You will arrive by air at Dunedin Airport and drive to Te Ānau. Across the lake from the township are the Kepler Mountains named after Johannes Kepler a 17th century German mathematician and astronomer, famous for his theory of planetary motion. You will walk part of the Kepler Track, one of nine Great Walks in New Zealand. The track is a 60 km, 3-4 day loop taking you from the beech-forested shores of lakes Te Ānau and Manapouri to the tussocky alpine tops of Mt Luxmore. Kids Restore the Kepler is a project which involves trapping stoats, rats and possums in an effort to bring back birdsong. The project takes place within a 3,000 hectare area of forest inside the Kepler Track loop, just across the lake from Te Ānau township near the Waiau River outlet. Note: weather and other factors out of our control may influence activities during the field trip.

Learning Areas/Levels

Science: Living World Levels 1-4, Nature of Science Levels 1-4; Social Sciences: Social Studies Levels 1-4, Tourism Levels 6-8; Social Studies: Place and Environment Levels 1-5, Identity, Culture and Organisation Levels 1-4, Economic World Level 5

More Curriculum

This field trip includes support material for Geography AS91009 1.3 Demonstrate geographic understanding of the sustainable use of an environment. AS91014 1.8 Apply spatial analysis, with direction, to solve a geographic problem. Social Studies AO Level 1 How places in New Zealand are significant for individuals and groups. How the cultures of people in New Zealand are expressed in their daily lives. Level 2 How places influence people and people influence places. Level 3 How people make decisions about access to and use of resources. Level 4 How exploration and innovation create opportunities and challenges for people, places, and environments. Level 5 How people's management of resources impacts on environmental and social sustainability. How people seek and have sought economic growth through business, enterprise, and innovation. Also Tourism Standards Level 2: 4726 ... social and cultural impacts of tourism. 24727 ... impacts of tourism on the physical environment. Level 3: 24725 ... the economic significance of tourism. 25352 ... knowledge of environmental responsibility in a tourism workplace. Level 4: 12410 ... the principles and practice of ecological tourism management.

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Inquiry Topics: bats, birds, business, community involvement, conservation, ecosystems, ecotourism, habitat, kiwi, leadership, mainland island, national park, native birds, native species, pest control, population, predator control, predators, restoration, stoat, threatened species, tourism, tracking tunnels

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