It has been a busy start to the year for our education team who report that students are really enthused about heading into the Park.
DOC education ranger Brooke Turner says Motueka High School has had a range of students studying in the Abel Tasman in term 1, including Design, Outdoor Education, Geography and Science classes. Some of the students are returning to the Park for their 2nd and 3rd years as part of their adopt-a-section classes.
“It’s great to be seeing some familiar faces who are growing their knowledge of the Park and also showing a real interest in following the progress of some of the work Project Janszoon and DOC are doing to improve the biodiversity,” she says.
In previous years Motueka High School students have focused on planting the Anchorage dunes but this year the ATYA students are leading a beech tree planting project on the less fertile slopes above Anchorage. “Some of the dune plantings took a bit of a hammering in the recent cyclones but the students don’t seem to be discouraged, they’re interested in the evolving landscape,” says Brooke.
Golden Bay High School and Motupipi Primary School are planning trips to their “Adopt a Sections” later in the year. It has also been great to see Lower Moutere School supporting restoration work at Porters Beach for the 2nd year.
Our Abel Tasman Youth Ambassadors (ATYA) have also been busy starting with a retreat at Watering Cove, a hui at Hadfield Clearing and Motueka ATYA students scoping beech restoration sites.
We have also been meeting with our partners Enviroschools, the Brook Waimarama Trust and Natureland to brainstorm collaborative projects, it I exicting times with environmental education in Nelson/Tasman, more news on this to come.
Thanks to DOC rangers Fay McKenzie and Ross Maley who have been working on the education programme, and also Helen Young and Bev Purdie who are doing a great job helping with ATYA and school liaison in Golden Bay. To keep up to date with what’s happening on the education front follow our Facebook page