The Survival Simulation 

Suitability: Year 3+

Availability: All year round, weather dependent, school holiday programmes

Resources: Game pamphlet including specific health and safety information and permission form

The ultimate predator prey simulation, an exciting game designed to simulate food chains, trophic levels, and ultimately animal survival.  It is an outdoor, physical game where players take on roles (herbivores, omnivores, carnivores, natural disasters and man).  This game works well when combined with the Extraordinary Ecosystems unit option.


Dusk Reflections and Night Tour

Suitability: Year 3+

Availability: All year round, weather and sunset times dependent, School Holiday Programmes

Resources: Classroom resources, specific health and safety information

This is a great option for schools on camp,  a full education programme (4hrs), which includes time and facilities for a self-catered dinner. 

Dusk Reflections - there are lots of interesting noises at dusk, of daytime birds coming into roost and nocturnal birds starting to venture out.  Calm, reflective type activities are done with students, to help them engage and connect with the natural environment

Night Tour - the Rotokare wetlands and forests are alive at night, with an array of special nocturnal creatures. Students get a short presentation in the education centre around nocturnal creatures including listening to some sounds they may hear while on the tour.  They split into small groups and explore the reserve for lizards, invertebrates, freshwater fish, bats and kiwi.


Discover Your Schoolyard - Outreach Programme

Suitability: Year 1 + 

Availability: Term 3 (postponement dates available)

Resources: Full classroom resource pack available for teachers, health and safety information

This programme sees multiple sessions with the Rotokare Education Team.  Involving at least 1 visit to Rotokare and 2 sessions at school mapping the biodiversity in your school yard.  Mapping involves utilising an array of technology (ecological monitoring techniques and a recording app - iNaturalist).  This discovery will lead onto some kind of social action, ideally driven by the students to either protect or enhance existing biodiversity.