Ngā kaitia, ngā kaikauhoe me ngā kūkūtai. Take a trip to Travis Wetland, Christchurch's largest freshwater wetland and a precious habitat for native wetland plants and creatures.
Students learn about the importance of wetlands and explore the local biodiversity. Go pond-dipping to discover underwater species, get behind a pair of binoculars to observe the bird life, and consider the potential human impact on food chains.
|Year level||3 to 8|
|Curriculum level||1 to 4|
|Availability||Available year round|
|Times||9.30am to 12noon or 12.15pm to 2.30pm|
|Number of students||Maximum of 35|
For a full day, with two classes, teachers can lead a self-guided walk around the wetland using the resource, Travis Wetland Walk: A Field Guide (free to teachers booking a programme at Travis Wetland) while the other class takes part in Wetland Waders and Waterboatmen. All students break for lunch together and then rotate classes.
In wet conditions, gumboots are recommended.
Biodiversity of a wetland, interdependence of the plants and animals in a wetland system, native and introduced species, social decision making, conservation.
Students will go pond dipping to find out what lives in the water at Travis Wetland, identifying the water invertebrates through a hands-on approach. They will be able to observe animal life in the bird hide using binoculars, and will be involved in practical rehabilitation of the wetland. At the information kiosk students will be able to read and hear about the past, present and future directions for Travis Wetland.
Students may be able to:
|Learning areas||Strands||Curriculum level||Achievement objectives|
|Science||Nature of science||2 to 5||
|Science||Living world||2 to 4||
|Science||Planet Earth and beyond||2 to 4||
|Health and physical education||Personal health and physical development||2 to 5||
"This is fantastic for teachers. It's informative, child-friendly and curriculum-based" – Teacher, Year 6/7
"We need to look after our wetlands and keep them safe for the future. The water may look disgusting but it’s the home of things like bugs that think it is beautiful!" – Student, Year 7
"Animals are very important to NZ and what we do in a normal life can affect other species" – Student, Year 7