Going out to visit schools…

 —  16/10/2009

Next week I’ve been asked to visit two Masterton schools, St Patrick’s primary and Opaki, on Wednesday. 

My talk at St Pat’s is to 5-7 year olds about our precious things.  A few different “professionals” are going to be on-site and the children come around and talk to us about something that’s precious to us.  I’ve had a couple of ideas that I’d like to run past you as I love my job but I don’t really have much experience doing this:

  • Bring our summer placement trainee ranger Wiremu Grace as my precious thing.  I believe that the future of DOC and conservation lies with the good training of our new rangers and having people like Wiremu there is important and very precious.

    Hector's dolphin courtesty Engel and Maecker 2007

    Hector's dolphin courtesy Engel and Maecker 2007

  • Marine animals are very precious to me.  I’ve got some Marine Mammal posters and I can talk about seals, whales etc
  • Take a harakeke (flax) and talk about the benefits of native planting to NZ
  • Tuna (eel) – see my earlier blog entry 🙂
  • Or something else – any suggestions????

My second talk of the day is at Opaki which is just north of Masterton on State Highway One.  I’m standing up in front of 70 children to talk about Castlepoint and what an exciting piece of the conservation estate it is.  I’m going to run through dune plants and their importance and a few other things (yet to be determined).

It’s great to be able to get out and talk to school groups and its coincidence they’ve asked when I’ve got time in my diary.  The children love to see DOC staff in their uniforms and hear about our exciting jobs.  I’m looking forward to Wednesday – now I’ve just got to sort out what I’m going to say….

The striking Castlepoint Scenic Reserve

The striking Castlepoint Scenic Reserve

3 responses to Going out to visit schools…


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    Thanks Andrew. Great to hear your boys get to go to Mt Holdsworth for class trips!
    Thanks for your feedback 🙂

    andrew dench 20/10/2009 at 8:06 am

    hi we think you pepole do a grate job i would love to work with doc one day until then we will do our part my tow young boys mat and tin tin go to mis in masterton we love going to the bush for walks. we have lots of places to go around here tristan aka tin tin loves birds and the bush i have been on class trips with him to mt halasworth? we are so lucky around here to have so much on our doorstep keep up the grate work. the dench fam. ps bad spelling my bad lol.