Rotokare Scenic Reserve continues to deliver

The Rotokare Scenic Reserve continues to deliver educationally and environmentally for this community

An on-going commitment from the Taranaki Electricity Trust to the Rotokare Scenic Reserve Trust has ensured that the organistion continues to provide for the community. The 2023 grant from TET was used to:
• Support the Rotokare Environmental Education Programme
• Classroom repairs – external walls
• Replacement classroom chairs
• Children's coats

"The Rotokare Environmental Education Programme is founded on education about, for and in the environment. It aims to ensure that the experiences students have aren’t easily replicated in a classroom setting," said Tricia Jamieson, Sanctuary Administrator.

Qualitative and quantitative scientific skills are achieved by visiting students via real time data collection and participation in actual monitoring within the bush classroom. The opportunity for wildlife encounters is high in a piece of regenerating bush, which allows for concepts learnt such as adaptation to be more memorable for students.

"The education programme continued to perform strongly in 2023. High schools and Primary schools returned to visit after a disruptive couple of years. Home school groups and early childhood education providers also continue to utilize the education programme. Increasing transportation costs fortunately do not seem to have adversely effected numbers."