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Conservation (9 challenges to choose from)

Aims of these challenges:

·        To increase student knowledge of living things in Mangaroa Valley

·        To use research skills taught in class to investigate a topic of interest

·        To investigate our local resources

What’s in our backyard?

What’s in our Valley?


What living things are in your backyard? 

·        Investigate plant life, birds and insects in your backyard. 

·        Write up your findings.


What birds live in Mangaroa Valley?

·        Investigate birdlife in Mangaroa Valley.

·        Why do these birds live in the Valley?

·        Investigate other areas.  Compare (similarities/differences)

·        Why do certain birds live in certain areas?


Set up your own vegetable garden or add to your family’s current garden

·        What grows well in your garden?

·        What do vegetables need to grow well?

·        Select one living thing in your backyard and research what it needs to survive.

·        What are threats to its survival?

In Mangaroa Valley we are surrounded by bush, farmland, hills, streams and swamps.

·        Select one of the above and investigate how it was formed.

·        Are any of these natural features changing over time?  If yes, how and why are they changing?

Make your own eco-products

·        Research how to make your own lip balm, hand lotion, soap, the choice is yours!

·        What challenges did you face making your product?

·        What is the final result like?


·        What is an eco-system?

·        What eco-system is operating in your backyard?

·        Is this different from other areas in the Hutt Valley?  Why?  Why not?

Garden Art

·        Design some garden art for either your home or school garden.  Your art work needs to include a living thing that lives in Mangaroa Valley.

Worm Farms/Ant Farms

·        Select one of the above and investigate the benefits.

·        How do you set up your selected farm?


·        Set up a worm farm or ant farm at home


Example of how to carry out an investigation attached.

Record your journey as you complete your project.  Challenges will be presented at school at the end of the term.  You can choose to present your challenge as a poster, as a science investigation on a science board, as a speech, or any other creative way that you can think of!