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Term 3 starting 12 September 2012.

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In preparation for this field trip you will learn about

  • plants and animals
  • habitats
  • communities
  • adaptations
  • water quality
  • recreation
  • conservation
  • view points
  • land use

During this field trip you will

  • visit a unique waterway called the Waituna Lagoon
  • walk and boat around the lagoon to find out why it is so special and why it is now under threat
  • meet with groups such as recreational users, conservation groups, iwi, government organisations, farmers, and volunteer groups and hear their ideas for the best way forward
  • assess the health of the unusual flora and fauna and why this area is highly valued and why it has rapidly become a focal point for community action
  • use scientific instruments to measure water quality and interpret the data to play a part in the monitoring process.

Where you will go

This field trip explores one of the best remaining coastal wetlands in New Zealand. The area supports a huge variety of native plants and animals and is important to local iwi, recreationists, farmers, and the local economy. Students will learn everything about the lagoon from what makes it unique, to the threats to its ecosystem and what is being done to stop its decline. During Conservation Week 2012, you will travel to Southland and explore the inland country that drains to the coast. Near the coast you will discover the Waituna Lagoon, one of only six Ramsar sites in New Zealand. Ramsar sites are wetlands of international importance. You will explore in, on and around the Lagoon, inspecting the different habitats and meet many of the experts involved in understanding and helping the lagoon. Download the Waituna Lagoon poster as a PDF (5MB) for your class.

Learning Areas/Levels

Science: Nature of Science Levels 2-4, Planet Earth and Beyond Levels 2-4, Living World Levels 2-4 & 6, Earth and Space Science Levels 7-8; Social Sciences: Geography Level 6; Social Studies: Place and Environment Levels 2-5, Identity, Culture and Organisation Levels 2-5, Continuity and Change Levels 2-5

More Curriculum

Also covers content for Achievement Standards from Earth and Space Science (ESS) within the Planet Earth and Beyond Strand such as

  • ESS 2.4 AS91190: Investigate how organisms survive in an extreme environment.
  • Science 1.12 Investigate the biological impact of an event on a New Zealand ecosystem.
Also Achievement Standards in Environmental Sustainability.
  • 90811: Describe the consequences of human activity within a biophysical environment in relation to a sustainable future.
  • 90812: Describe world views, their expression through practices and activities and the consequences for a sustainable future.
  • 90813: Describe values and associated behaviours in relation to a sustainable future.
  • 90814: Describe aspects of sustainability in relation to a sustainable future.
  • 90815: Work cooperatively to develop and present a strategy or design for sustainability in response to a future scenario.
  • 90829: Investigate the interrelationship between humans and a biophysical environment in relation to a sustainable future.
  • 90830: Compare and contrast initiatives in relation to a sustainable future.
  • 90831: Describe policies and practices, their development and contribution to a sustainable future.
  • 90832: Develop and justify a strategy for an organisation that will contribute to a sustainable future.

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

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  • ESOL

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  • What's in a Field Trip

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  • How teachers use LEARNZ

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adaptations, adaptations of plants, animals, biodiversity, biological communities, birds, coastal habitat, community involvement, conservation, environmental action, fresh water, habitat, lagoon, land use, life cycle, perspectives, planting, plants, plants and animals, recreation, riparian, rivers, Southland, sustainability, threatened species, viewpoints, water, water quality, wetlands