Our educators have developed a range of inquiry units of learning which align directly with the New Zealand curriculum. Talk to us about how we can support you to facilitate these programmes in your classroom. 

School education programmes

New Zealand Curriculum Programmes

Waitaha Wai - Waterways of Christchurch


Waitaha Wai Water Education ProgramneWaitaha Wai is a water education programme designed to educate young people and their communities about the importance of water and waterways in their environment and how to maintain them for future generations.


Curriculum Area:


  • There are different materials provided for the different zones within Canterbury, which can be adapted to suit the year level taught.
  • The Waterways of Christchurch inquiry learning unit was developed by Environment Canterbury with the support of the Christchurch City Council.
  • We also provide an in-the-field water monitoring activity that enables your students to discover the wonderful world of macro-invertebrates and their habitat.

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What a pest!

What a Pest Education GuideBrief

A free inquiry learning programme, developed in partnership with the Department of Conservation. Suitable for Year 7/8 students


Suitable for Year 7/8 inquiry learning program for Canterbury students

Curriculum Area


  • This facilitated programme focuses on plant and animal pest species that disrupt the native environment  in Canterbury.
  • The learning activities have a focus on students becoming experts on a particular pest and to initiate actions to support native biodiversity.
  • The programme includes teacher guides, student booklets, relevant pamphlets, suggestions for further action and access to What a Pest?! wikispaces where you'll find many useful resources

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Clear the air


A classroom programme for Years 7 to 10. It includes a free class set of workbooks, a teacher resource kit and a box of visual resources on loan for the duration of the unit (about three weeks).



From a to b with Billy the Bus - An education programme for years 1-3 to learn that focusses on bus awareness and safety. 


  • This free programme is fully facilitated and includes student and teacher booklets, access to an animation, songs and a bus visit (if this can be arranged). 
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The Enviroschools programme supports children and young people to plan, design and implement sustainability actions that are important to them and their communities.  

In Canterbury, Enviroschools is coordinated by Environment Canterbury in partnership with the Department of Conservation, Waimakariri, Selwyn, Timaru, Hurunui, Mackenzie and Christchurch City Councils.


  • The programme provides pathways from early childhood through primary, secondary school and beyond.
  • Using our collaborative approach of building strong relationships and sharing information, we are growing a collective puna mātauranga or pool of knowledge.  

Click here if you would like to read or subscribe to our latest Enviroschools Chatterbox newsletter, and learn more about what we’re doing around the region.

If you would like to know more about this programme please contact your regional coordinator.



This free Stormwater education resource is aimed at year 7/8 students and delves into the big issues – where the water comes from, where it goes, why it is contaminated, and what effect this has on the quality of surface waterways. It also describes actions that schools, individuals and communities can take to help improve urban stormwater quality, to protect the unique stream environments that make up our towns.

Heard the name, seen the drains, but no idea what it is all about? You are not alone! When rainwater falls onto a hard, sealed, impermeable surface (such as roofs, roads, and driveways) it cannot soak into the ground. Instead, it runs off the surface. This runoff water is called stormwater. Stormwater doesn't go into the sewers. It runs through a separate piped system from wastewater, so most stormwater isn't treated before going into our rivers and out to our estuaries and the sea. It is different to wastewater, which goes down drains from inside our house after we do our washing, flush the toilet or have a bath.

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