A goal is for the Sanctuary site to be used by local schools and others as an educational resource emphasising New Zealand flora and fauna. The site provides training and research opportunities.

The Sanctuary provides an easily accessible opportunity for Top of the South schools and training providers to be actively involved in conservation activities, allowing ‘learning by doing’.

If you would like to book a visit and education experience for your School, club or group please phone 03 539 4920.
Visits are a gold coin per student.
There is a continuing demand from schools to visit the site.
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Outdoor classroom

The Sanctuary in partnership with local iwi Ngati Kuia has developed an outdoor classroom in a beech tree glade by the Brook stream. Power and data cables are laid along the loop track under construction, to the classroom.

Conservation Partnership

The Trust has signed a memorandum of understanding with NMIT and Garin College to develop a conservation partnership which aims to strengthen the link between schools, NMIT, and industry.

Such Secondary / Tertiary Industry Collaborations are part of a long-term NMIT strategy to improve outcomes for the young people of this region and the wider community. This aligns well with the Sanctuary’s goal of creating interactive relationships with the community and their environment. Further partnerships may be developed with other schools.

Example Education Projects

Learning about how we can protect our wildlife for the future by keeping out the pests.