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Pathways to New Zealand Science

Department of Conservation website has resources to support conservation teaching and learning, and DOC supported education programmes to get involved in.

Enviroschools  programme supports children and young people to plan, design, and implement sustainability actions that are important to them and their communities. The programme provides pathways from early childhood through primary, intermediate, and secondary school and beyond. The aim of the Enviroschools programme is to foster a generation of people who instinctively think and act sustainably. 

GNS Learning  on the GNS Science website has lesson plans, posters, interactive games, virtual tours, videos, blogs, maps, research, collections and databases, and a glossary, covering many science topics.

GeoNet website provides public access to hazards information, including earthquake reports and Volcanic Alert bulletins. It also allows the retrieval of fundamental data sets to the research community. Feedback is sought on the effects of felt earthquakes through an online form, which adds to the data collections and contributes to a better understanding of these hazards.

GeoTrips   are compiled by GNS Science, geologists, and knowledgeable enthusiasts from around the country. Each GeoTrip includes images, maps, useful background information, and advice to get you started with your own geological explorations and discoveries.

Landcare Research website includes information, activities, video, and more with a focus on insects, spiders, weeds, biocontrol, Antarctica and Adélie penguins. Includes 'what is this bug', an insect identification tool in English and Māori.

Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI)  has a set of level 4 and 5 science learning activities with a focus on the kiwifruit industry. Students can research the health benefits of kiwifruit as well as other scientific processes.

Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Te Ao Tūroa resource  looks at how 3 key interrelated systems – animal welfare, biosecurity, and food – support our primary industries. Learning experiences for levels 1–5 of The New Zealand Curriculum are contextualised into one or more of the key interrelated systems and link to the learning areas of health and physical education, science, social studies, and technology. 

National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) website includes research, educational material, publications, maps, teachers' and students' sections, and links to the various national centres of NIWA. This is also a source of climate data that students can use in science projects.

LEARNZ is a series of virtual field trips for science. Covering a wide variety of topics and locations, LEARNZ online field trips are self-contained and free for NZ teachers and their classes.

LENScience  from the Liggins Institute, University of Auckland. The Liggins Education Network for Science provides schools with access to scientific research communities promoting connections between schools and scientists. Innovative programmes are designed to inspire schools and scientists to maximise student potential and understanding of science and health issues through a wide range of learning opportunities.

Royal Society of New Zealand's  purpose is to advance and promote science, technology, and the humanities for all New Zealanders. The RSNZ website includes information about the CREST Awards, funds for schools and students, international science opportunities for students, conferences and science fairs, an archive of contributed educational resources, and more.

Science New Zealand  represents New Zealand's seven Crown Research Institutes (CRIs). Here you can find science news and links to all of the CRIs. Crown Research Institutes create economic, environmental and social wealth through science and its application in New Zealand and around the world. 

Science Media Centre  aims to promote accurate, evidence-based reporting on science and technology by helping the media work more closely with the scientific community.