Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Bush Builders - Zoo visit

Tautoru and Autahi visited the zoo on Tuesday. We took part in the bush builders programme which was a great introduction to the creatures in our environment and how they are all inter-connected.

We were very lucky to meet a Tuatara who was only 13 years into his very long life. We learnt that Tuatara are no longer living on the mainland but are doing well on off shore islands in various areas of New Zealand, including Matiu/Somes Island in the Wellington harbour. Well worth a visit.

We worked through a number of activities that highlighted how to take care when walking through the bush and how to search for and identify creatures living in the bush.

Many of the students loved digging around in the dirt, under rocks and through leaves to find spiders, worms, and ants.

Groups also created a web linking different birds, bugs, and trees to highlight how they are all connected and how we can care for them.

We couldn't leave the zoo without exploring the animals and having some fun. It was great to see all of the children sharing their ideas, working in new groups, and enjoying the good weather!

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