The Manukau Beautification Trust ran it’s annual Eye On Nature event at the Auckland Botanic gardens this month. Their vision is “Plant a seed and grow a young mind to engage positively in ongoing environmental activities”.
This environmental education event was enjoyed by 1500 primary and intermediate age children from south Auckland schools over three days with a free community day on the following Saturday.
Auckland council biosecurity staff represented the Kauri Dieback Management Programme, joining organisations such as the Zoo, the Auckland Museum, Auckland Council biodiversity and the Monarch Butterfly NZ Trust in educating young minds on environmental matters.
The kauri dieback activity involved a 15m x 15m maze which contained photos of plants and animals that are found in a kauri forest, information about hygiene measures to stop the spread of kauri dieback and a boot cleaning station. Each class was first given a five minute talk about why kauri are special, what kauri dieback is and how we can all help protect kauri. After this they were given a simple question sheet and sent into the maze to collect the answers.
Often three classes turned up at the maze at the same time, which made for a very busy and hectic three days!
All the students seemed to enjoy the maze (what child doesn't like running around a maze on a school day) and left knowing more about kauri and kauri dieback.
Thanks goes out to the amazing volunteers who helped out on the school days to make the kauri dieback maze a success!