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How to be a Habitat Hero

Do you know an early childhood centre, school or community group that’s doing great restoration work or wants to get started and doesn’t know how?

The Habitat Heroes resources and 2017 competition is a great place for them to start!

By passing on the following information, you can encourage groups, new and old to start taking action and sharing their great work with the rest of New Zealand. This is a call to encourage us all to promote this year’s Habitat Heroes competition in our own spaces.

The Habitat Heroes Competition is a DOC run competition that encourages young people to explore a local natural environment and think about how they can make a difference.

This year’s competition opened on the 18th April and runs until the 29th September, with winners being announced during Conservation Week. Up for grabs will be three $500 voucher prizes to contribute to the conservation action project identified in the entry. There will be prizes for each of the following categories:

  • Explore your local green space
  • Explore your local marine space
  • Explore your local stream

To enter, groups of two or more students need to:

  1. Get a teacher or group leader to register the group online.
  2. Explore and investigate the health of a local natural environment. There are teaching and learning resources available to help guide teachers and group leaders.
  3. Share a summary of the work on any online forum (school blog, YouTube, Facebook etc.) or social media platform with the hashtag #HabitatHeroes and send the link to [email protected]

Entries from already existing investigations are welcome – it doesn’t have to be a new project and entries from both school groups and community groups are encouraged.

Don’t forget to check out the teaching and learning resources for this competition, and other supporting resources on the DOC Education webpage –

Image captions:

  • Banner image: Student measuring the depth of the school swamp (Credit: Lynmore Primary Enviro Club)
  • Top side image: Lynmore Primary Enviro Club in Rotorua collect rubbish from the Waitawa stream (Credit: Lynmore Primary Enviro Club)
  • Middle side image: Country Creche in Hamilton do a mini beasts hunt (Credit: Linda Jones)
  • Bottom side image: Country Creche in Hamilton built a Christmas tree insect house (Credit: Linda Jones)