Environmental issues: Conservation, waste management and recycling

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We have selected these online resources to support you when you need information relating to the popular curriculum topic, Environmental issues: Conservation, waste management and recycling. SCIS 1525129

Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation (DOC) site has information about the protection of New Zealand’s natural and historic heritage, and how to get involved in conservation.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary


To discover information on many different aspects of conservation, both New Zealand and overseas, on the school work site ManyAnswers use the search term conservation.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Marine New Zealand

Marine New Zealand has a series of documents relating to curriculum based topics including literacy, science and social studies. Primary and Secondary level.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate and secondary

NZ Forest and Bird

The role of the Forest and Bird Society is to protect New Zealand ‘native plants, animals and wild places on land and in our oceans.’ (from Forest and Bird website). Includes information about New Zealand wildlife, plants and conservation projects.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand: Conservation

This section on conservation has information on the history of conservation in New Zealand, introduced pests, conservation areas, threatened species, extinction, and the effect of humans on the environment.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Waste management and recycling

Create your own Eden: Garden and food waste:

A joint city council website that has step by step guides to composting, worm farming, bokashi, and smart gardening for individuals, communities, and schools.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

Eco kids: waste

Information about what waste is, the problems, and the solutions at home, and at school. There is a section on battery recycling.

Suggested level: primary


To discover information on the homework site ManyAnswers use the search term recycling.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Ollie recycles

Ollie and his friends find out about reducing, reusing and recycling.

Suggested level: primary

Recycling and Our Environment

List of informational websites about all aspects of conservation, sustainability and caring for our earth from climate change to worm farming. A New Zealand site.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate


Recycle provides information on what can and can't be recycled in New Zealand. The Recycling for kids section has downloadable stickers and posters, teaching aids, and videos.

Suggested level: primary


United States Environmental Protection Agency: Reduce, reuse, recycle

Information on how reducing, reusing and recycling can help your community. US examples and links to more information on US sites. Also has general information on waste along with educational resources.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate

Worm Farming

Northland Regional Council's website includes an environmental section for schools. Here you'll find a demonstration of how schools are composting, recycling and growing worm farms. Includes photographs, diagrams and text.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate


Britannica Online School Edition provides a range of information and articles on aspects of conservation. Users can also search for articles under environment, and recycling. School login (username and password) is required.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Have you thought about using fiction with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for your students (and you!) to enjoy.

Christopher’s bicycle: a tale of cycling and recycling, by Charlotte Middleton, 2013 (picture book)
Munkle Arvur and the bod, by Nikki Slade Robinson, 2012 (picture book)
Whetu, the little blue duck, by Jennifer Beck, 2011 (picture book)


Saving Kakapo in New Zealand, Science kids, 4.25

The importance of recycling in New Zealand. 2.52