Environmental Education

We are committed to providing local children with environmental education and nurturing their continued involvement with regards to conservation.

Day programme for pre-schools.

This programme contains an interactive day which involves fun games, native bird and tree treasure hunts. Fun activities identifying pests. Students get to work in the food forest and harvest, eat and plant. The programme is designed to meet the needs of the individual group.
Cost: $7.50 per student excl GST.

Day programme for Primary Schools.

These programmes are custom build to suit the specific age and interests of the visiting group. The day generally starts with some team building activities, followed by some “conservation games”. The afternoon is normally spent by studying the various tools and techniques used to keep our forests predator free. Children can be given the opportunity to do some conservation work at well.
Cost: $10.00 per student excl GST

Day programme for Intermediate and High Schools.

These programmes are custom build to suit the specific curriculum needs of the visiting group. Typical; activities are: team building challenges; conservation games; as well as real conservation work in the bush. For senior high school students there is the opportunity to do work towards NCEA credits in a variety of subject areas.
Cost: $10.00 per student excl GST.

Bush Camp at the Manawahe School

Camp overnight at the Manawahe Ecological Community Centre. A custom made Environmental Education programme will be organised in consultation with the teachers, a wide variety of Environmental Education type activities as well as problem solving and team building games and challenges.

Cost: Day programme cost plus $120 excl GST per night for the overnight camping fee excluding food.

Environmental Educator

The Manawahe Eco Trust employs an Environmental Educator, Jake Andersen who is enthusiastic about sharing his knowledge, experience and expertise. Jake's passion for native forests and restoration of these taonga pushed him into a Bachelor of Teaching and a Diploma in Environmental Management, and he has been working with students in this space since 2017.

Jake says ``Native planting, predator control and environmental education has been the focus of my mahi over this period and I love igniting a passion for our unique flora & fauna within our next generations. It really lights my fire working together with community to help restore the mauri of our incredible forest ecosystems!``

All of the MET programmes are designed with the teachers or the leaders of the group.
To get in contact directly with Jake you can email:

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