Manaaki Taiao – Nurture Nature supports schools to connect to a local green space by committing to a three-year planting programme. It includes a partnership with a Park Ranger and/or a local community group. It involves taking part in planning, planting and maintaining your local planting project.
The programme takes a local curriculum approach with place-based learning experiences, led by rangers in partnership with your teachers. It is supported by, and implemented within a Kaupapa Māori framework, taking consideration for school values, and local community needs.
We take applications from new schools from July-November each year, for planting in the following winter. This allows us to order the right plants and for us to get to know you and your school and to plan the year’s activities.
To ensure safety and maximum learning it's recommended that 30 children can be involved in the programme at one time. It can be a mixed year group who shares updates with the wider school and invites them to planting events etc.
We have limited spaces available each year so please get in touch to be added to the wait list.
If you are not able to commit to the full three-year programme just yet, but still want to get out planting we still want to hear from you. Many of our regional parks offer several planting dates for schools to take part in.
Or, look through our Volunteer in Parks pages for public events near your school.