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Young People Take On Sustainability Challenge

Friday 17 March 2017

On Wednesday 22 March, 160 Nelson and Tasman primary school students will take on some tricky environmental challenges in the fourth annual Moturoa Mission.

The students will work in teams, earning points as they complete a range of hands-on activities covering coastal care, biosecurity, biodiversity, estuarine awareness and reducing waste. Moturoa Mission, held at Greenslade Park on Rough Island, invites the students to develop teamwork and be strategic about how they complete the challenges.

Tasman District Council Enviroschools Co-ordinator Adie Leng said the event was also a fun way to promote the wide range of environmental opportunities on offer to schools in the region.

“This year there will be stations provided by educators from the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary, Cawthron Institute, Nelson Environment Centre, Nelson Provincial Museum, Animal Farm, Natureland, Waimaori Programme, Forest and Bird, both the Nelson City and Tasman District Councils, as well as secondary school environmental leaders.

“Moturoa Mission has become a very popular event with our region’s Enviroschools, which find it a rich learning experience for the children – as well as a huge amount of fun.”

The Enviroschools programme is delivered in our region by the Tasman District and Nelson City councils.

About Enviroschools

Enviroschools is a facilitated programme for schools (and early childhood centres) to develop their journey for an action-based approach to environmental education through which children and young people develop the knowledge and skills to effectively plan, design and implement sustainability projects and practices. Each school’s journey is unique as they grow their understanding of why thinking and acting sustainably is important, as we all are learning to do. The Enviroschool actions can address social, cultural as well as physical environmental opportunities. Most primary and secondary Enviroschools have an Enviro-group or committee of student leaders, who coordinate the sustainability projects and practices in their school.

Check out the website on Enviroschools: www.enviroschools.org.nz.