Educational Resources

Listed below are some excellent educational resources for teachers and students to aid teaching and learning about freshwater lakes, rivers and streams. Many of the resources are linked to the Guidelines for Environmental Education in New Zealand Schools and encourage acting for the environment.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council
A Rotorua Lakes Resource is a comprehensive resource focused on the Rotorua lakes at the primary and secondary levels. It aims to encourage students to take actions that support a sustainable lakes environment.
Waiora Healthy Water is a resource unit aimed at the primary and intermediate level. It focuses on the relationship between people and water resources in Bay of Plenty. Topics covered include the water cycle, water uses, impact of land use and water use on water quality and stream health.

Waikato Regional Council
Rivers and Us includes unit plans for primary and intermediate levels. This resource looks at water use and landuse and their effects on Waikato waterways. Concepts such as catchments, water cycle, water flow and monitoring streams are covered.
Stream Sense is a stream monitoring resource for secondary level students. It includes information on taking chemical samples and physical measurements and conducting biological surveys.

Taranaki Regional Council
Stream Health Measurement Assessment Kit (SHMAK) is a unit of work designed for secondary students on how to measure water quality and biological features involved in streams. It has been modified from SHMAK developed by NIWA to help farmers monitor their streams.
Living with the River - Te Awa is an integrated unit for primary to intermediate school level which gives activities which demonstrate the various physical, biological and chemical aspects of rivers as well as some Maths, English and Art activities. It includes local information on rivers, mapping and explanation of terminology to do with rivers.

Northland Regional Council
Northland Regional Council’s website features webpages giving background information on water quality of lakes, rivers and groundwater. The Council’s role, policies and plans are featured. You can access these pages here 

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