Discover how the unique Port Hills environment has changed over time and take a multi-sensory walk through majestic Podocarp forest.

Students learning in the forest

Year level 3 to 10
Curriculum level 1 to 6
Availability Year-round
Times 9.30 to 12noon or 12.15pm to 2.30pm
Site Victoria Park
Cost Free
Number of students Maximum of 35
Special requirements None
  • History of Banks Peninsula and its ecosystems.
  • Native flora and fauna.
  • Pests and pest management.
  • Biodiversity.
  • Sustainability.

At Victoria Park, students investigate how changing values are reflected in different landscapes on the Port Hills and Banks Peninsula.

Students discover the native flora and fauna that make up this special environment.

They will develop their tracking skills to gather information to find out which pests are in the area before learning how Rangers deploy pest management techniques.

Students will also consider the impact of pests and how they affect the sustainability of our local landscapes.

We are learning to:

  • Explore the different habitats that exist in Banks Peninsula and identify why they are valuable.
  • Explain how plants and animals that live in native forest and tussock lands are interdependent.
  • Explain how pests impact our native forests and explore some solutions to these problems.
  • Identify actions that they can take to encourage sustained growth of native animal and tree species.

Using language, symbols and texts

Students will interpret text and images to identify which pests are present in the Banks Peninsula area.

Thinking

Students will use creative and critical thinking to understand the impact of introduced species and the importance of a variety of pest management techniques.

Managing self

Students will manage their learning and think and act independently in a variety of outdoor environments.

Participating and contributing

Students are invited to become actively involved in supporting Park Rangers’ efforts to eradicate pests from our native habitats.

Relating to others

Students are required to consider and suggest reasons for different groups of people recognising and placing a variety of values on different habitats.

Curriculum area Strand and level Objective
Science
Pūtaiao
Nature of Science
Levels 2 to 6
Investigating in science
Communicating in science
Participating and contributing
Living World
Levels 2 to 6
Life processes
Ecology
Evolution
Planet Earth and Beyond
Levels 2 to 4
Earth systems
Social Sciences
Tikanga ā-Iwi
Levels 2 to 6 Social studies
Geography
Health and Physical Education
Hauora
Healthy Communities and Environments
Levels 1 and 2
Societal attitudes and values
People and the environment