The National Education Strategy 2010-2030: Investing in Conservation Education for a Sustainable and Prosperous Future describes our approach to conservation education which is to focus on proactive, quality education activities with young people.
Education is the key to broadening support for conservation and the development of ecological literacy and conservation capability – critical for our well-being and prosperity.
It is closely linked with DOC's broader strategic direction – to increase the value New Zealanders attribute to conservation
Our approach is to focus on proactive, quality education activities with young people.
Benefits of connecting children with nature
Research in support of the strategy. National and international research shows that early contact with nature plays an important role in developing pro-environmental values and behaviours.
Effective approaches to connect children with nature (PDF, 2,233K)
To assist with implementing the strategy, this paper outlines the key principles for effectively engaging children and young people with nature.