The Ōtari Enviroschools student event happens once a year and recently took place over two days, with four classes attending each day, and seven different schools participating.
This year, Enviroschools facilitators collaborated with the Open Science Lab, the team at Ōtari-Wilton's Bush, and Children's Garden educators to provide four different 40-minute activities for the students to rotate through.
Enviroschools is a nationwide programme for early childhood centres and schools. Pupils explore the environment, then plan, design and take action in their local places in collaboration with their communities.
The focus is on creating a healthy, peaceful, sustainable world through learning and collaboration.
Wellington Botanic Garden ki Paekākā educator, Marion Saunders (and her predecessor Anneke Mace), have been working with Enviroschools and Ōtari-Wilton’s Bush teams over the past four years to run the events that help students learn about the environment.
“These events are super popular with schools and showcase the awesome work Wellington City Council does to help with environmental education.”