Students discover the flora and fauna that make up this special environment and use their tracking skills (scat/ footprints/markings) to gather information to see which pests are in the area before learning how rangers deploy pest management techniques.
Students make connections with how changing values have reflected different landscapes on the Port Hills. Students consider the impact on pests and how it’s affecting the sustainability of our local landscape.
|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
|Site||Victoria Park (Port Hills)|
|Number of students||Maximum of 35|
Banks Peninsula history, native flora (bush and grasslands) and fauna, biodiversity, pests, sustainability.
At Victoria Park, students investigate how changing values have reflected different landscapes on the Port Hills.
Students may be able to:
|Learning areas||Strands||Curriculum level||Achievement objectives|
|Science||Nature of science||3 and 4||
|Science||Living world||3 and 4||
|Science||Planet Earth and beyond||3 and 4||
|Health and physical education||Personal health and physical development||2 to 5||
|Health and physical education||Personal health and physical development||3||
|Health and physical education||Healthy communities and environments||3 to 5||
|Health and physical education||Healthy communities and environments||4 and 5||
"Held children’s interest, knowledgeable presenters and the educators had a friendly and positive manner." Teacher, Years 7/8
"I think that it is important to have a place like Victoria Park, not only for people’s enjoyment but for little animals to live and eat." Student, Year 5
"We learnt a lot about all the pests in the park and how special the environment is. I loved the game we played – it was cool." Student, Year 5