Outdoor education

Image: Sea kayaking in Kaiteriteri by Paul Kelly on Flickr

We have selected these online resources to support you when you need information relating to the popular curriculum topic, Outdoor Education. SCIS 1590718

Both Sides of the Fence

This Both Sides of the Fence website is designed to help students learn about responsible behaviour in the outdoors and also the value of free access to New Zealand's wild spaces.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate

Bush and Mountain Recreation

Te Ara, the online encyclopaedia of New Zealand provides an overview of some of the most popular outdoor activities in New Zealand. Topics include tramping, canoeing and kayaking, caving, skiing and birdwatching. 

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary


Department of Conservation – Parks and Recreation

This Department of Conservation (DOC) site has information about the protection of New Zealand's natural and historic heritage. This includes how and where you can enjoy public conservation places, and how to get involved in conservation.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

New Zealand Mountain Safety Council

The New Zealand Mountain Safety Council website has lots of important safety advice. There is also useful information for getting into activities such as tramping, hunting and skiing/snowboarding.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

Encyclopaedia Britannica School primary, middle and secondary all have information about camping and the history of camping. Use ‘camping’ as a keyword.
A school log-on and password is required.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary.


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

Blackie the fisher-cat, byJanet Pereira, 2014 (picture book)
Going bush with grandpa, by Sally Morgan & Ezekiel Kwaymullina, 2014 (junior fiction)
Wildlife, by Fiona Wood, 2014 (young adult)

Department of conservation. YouTube. 3.00