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EOTC Learning through Covid-19

Last updated  25 May 2022

 Find editable resources, activities and ideas to support teachers during this extended period. The material covers a range of contexts across age groups, curriculum and cultural perspectives: 


EONZ Guidance

The Guidance below has been updated to include the changes to the COVID Protection Framework that occur from the 4th April, 11.59pm and the shift to ORANGE.

EOTC and Outdoor Education under the COVID Protection Framework at ORANGE (5 May 2022)

This guidance covers key considerations, working with external providers, and provides links to other useful information and answers and FAQs for EOTC at the ORANGE setting.

The main changes involve the changes to capacity limits and external providers, case management, and the removal of Education vaccination and mask mandates.

Direct queries to EONZ EOTC support 


EOTC and Outdoor Education at ORANGE Recorded 24 May 2022 (8 mins)


Other Guidance on managing Covid settings

1.   Government 

2.   Ministry of Education

Three key sites:

3.   Sport NZ:  Guidance for School Sport and Recreation

4.   Physical Education: 

Physical Education New Zealand has looked at the official advice from the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and Sport New Zealand that relates specifically to schools, pulled it altogether, and provided some things for schools to consider in the context of physical education. Access the information at Covid-19 PENZ Resources - PENZ.


Student Learning Resources:


Kids Greening Taupo

An online nature classroom that provides superb thematic and sequenced material with many supporting links such as this video about fungi.

 Mountain bike skills

A video series of Practice at Home skills for mountain biking from New Zealand Mountain Biking. Really good for NCEA-level outdoor education.

 Citizen Science

Great activities from the Science Learning Hub Pokapū Akoranga Pūtaiao that can be adapted for home use as EOTC home projects and experiments.


Check out the material that can be taken outdoors on this super site, originally set up to support learners from ECE to yrs7-8 in Canterbury. Go to the Activities page, also see the Well-being walkabout and Sense of the Day.

 Time in Nature has not been Cancelled

See this PDF with 25 activities to do in social isolation. While not New Zealand based, this NatureplayWA site has excellent covid-19 self-isolation resources for families.

 WMO for Youth

The World Meteorological Organization website has superb material focused on a youth audience that can be adapted for home. activities are not NZ=specific.

 Adventure Reels Kids

Adventure Reels offers uniquely curated film festival programs to committed and dedicated audiences in Australia, New Zealand and beyond. Currently, 'Kids - Specific' Adventure Reels Kids content is being offered.

The Ecologist School

From the USA, Families in Nature offers a range of awesome activities on a wide range of weekly themed topics that can be adapted for New Zealand contexts.

 Captain Planet

This site seeks to engage and empower young people to be problem-solvers for the planet and has good material for adaptation to your programs. Select from the range of topics and type.

 Bringing Outdoor Learning Home

USA-based Green School Yards offers stunning Math and Art activities and more. These are easily adapted to home and local outdoor contexts.

 Maths Outdoors

57 different mathematics activities for out of doors. Activities can be adapted to suit a range of curriculum levels from primary through secondary. Download here  Student worksheet copy masters

From EOTC on TKI

13 potential activities that could be adapted for home learning These are in WORD, so content, learning intentions and learning areas can easily be adapted for your students.

50 Mini Nature Adventures

From Little Kiwis Nature Play. And go to www.littlekiwisnatureplay.com for more ideas.

Bamff Mountain Film Festival

Free online films Make cool connections to your programmes and your students. 

Apps for backyard plant identification

Flora Finder  iPhone iPad use only

NZ Trees  Compatible with all devices

Plant snap For plants world-wide.  iPhone iPad use only

Kā Huru Manu, The Ngāi Tahu Cultural Mapping Project

A superb resource website and atlas that can be used in a range of contexts (South Island)

Where are we today?

Go to the Mountain Safety Council Facebook page and take a guess at where in the country the photo/graphic, updated daily, is located.

Nature Tasters

Explore the DOC Conservation Education pages. Check out the Nature Taster resource pack.

Wild your Child 

Check out the Craftlab NZ Wild Child App  


EOTC Management:


National EOTC Coordinator Database 

Find out if your school EOTC coordinator is registered on the good practice EOTC Coordinator database yet. Check out what it's all about and why it's important. 

EOTC Support

Dedicated email support for EOTC coordinators and those with queries about school EOTC management processes.

Online EOTC Management Learning Modules  

An opportunity to familiarise, upskill, update on key aspects of current good practice EOTC management


Readings / Professional learning:


Learning from our past 

Former teacher and principal Wairangi Jones reflects on how lessons learned from a disaster long ago have relevance for teachers and kaiako today, as we grapple with the uncertainties of Covid-19.


Colouring in your VIRTUAL White Spaces

This blog by renowned New Zealand educationalist Ann Milne follows her thinking as we've moved into remote learning brought on by the pandemic. It is a MUST READ.  You can access a Webinar by the same name, audit your school's white spaces and delve into other material such as this  Colouring in the White Spaces: The Warrior-Researchers of Kia Aroha College piece. 

Leading through Disruption

Webinar#5 - Leading through disruption, from a series from Deploy Learning and Unstruck Learning Design

Disrupt ED Inverviews - Check these out! Join Claire Amos from Albany Senior High School talking to a range of teachers from Hobsonville Point Secondary School, Rototuna High School, Point Chevalier School, Wellington High School, Taranaki Diocesan School for Girls and more.

Outdoor education: what are we educating for?

Thinking critically about the place of outdoor education as it relates to the BIG ISSUES of our time.

Te Whakatika - Issue 38 (P6-9)  Find other back issues of the publication here.

Toro Mai 

Free online courses in Te Reo Māori and Tikanga Māori from Massey University. 

Toku Reo

 Half-hour Te Reo lesson broadcasts from Māori Television. Full 5 series 

Place-based education 

Professor Wally Penetito speaks on placed-based curriculum, pedagogy, and the idea of challenging your “taken-for-granted” world


Dig into this call for action, a rich resource for schools and teachers to incorporate sustainability and global citizenship across their school curriculum. Start here 


NCEA & Assessment



Find dedicated guidance for school assessment.

Skills Active Aotearoa:

Guidelines for Schools and Providers: Assessment during Covid-19 alert levels

Lockdown/Upskill information sheets, designed to support Skills Active trainees during this period with practical tips and ideas on continuing their professional development at home. The sheets include Bushcraft, Mountain Biking, and Rock Climbing. 




Education Gazette Special April Covid-19 issue Support for Educators during covid-19. Well worth reading.

30 Days of Yoga with Adrienne


Five Ways to Wellbeing

Find more wellbeing strategies you can share with others at the Mental Health Foundation