Environmental Education

Environmental Education at Fiordland College

The College is one of the most ideally placed institutions in New Zealand for Environmental education. Fiordland College takes pride in its place at the edge of the Fiordland National Park and in the significant role it plays in its local community. School leaders and teachers make good use of the school’s location to help provide a wide range of opportunities for students to engage in their learning and in the wider life of the school. Such learning experiences include outdoor pursuits, sports, and other education opportunities outside the classroom with a clear focus on the environment. These shared interests and pursuits build the sense of belonging that is evident in the school. The interest many students show in taking an active responsibility for the wider environment is a key factor in many curriculum developments.

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Enviroschools

The Enviroschools Foundation is a charitable trust providing support and direction for a nationwide environmental education programme. The Foundation has partnerships with the Ministry of Education, the Department of Conservation, and regional councils. Enviroschools were first set up in the 1990s and there are now Regional Environmental Education Officers to support ‘the creation of sustainable schools’. The Enviroschools Foundation has the vision ‘to foster a generation of innovative and motivated young people who instinctively think and act sustainably’.

Kids Restore the Kepler

One of the school's strategic goals is to become a centre of environmental excellence. We are a key partner in the "Kids Restore the Kepler Project". This ambitious project, run in conjunction with the Fiordland Conservation Trust, seeks to eradicate pests from the area bounded by the Kepler Track in order to restore indigenous species to the region. These include takahe, kiwi and kakapo.

Centre for Environmental Excellence

As a centre of environmental excellence we see ourselves as a destination for visitors who want to learn more about our environmental education projects. These visitors may be international visitors calling in for an hour or two, or school groups on outdoor education trips requiring a base for learning about the area before experiencing our great outdoors.

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