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 03 546 2422.
There is a continuing demand from schools to visit the site.
If you would like to find out more about our education programme, contact us through firstname.lastname@example.org
Brook Conservation Centre
The Brook Waimarama Sanctuary’s ability to deliver education programmes has been significantly enhanced by the development of the Brook Conservation Centre, opened by the Minister of Environment in March 2010.
This facility developed by Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (“NMIT”) in partnership with the Department of Conservation (“DOC”) and the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary Trust provides the sanctuary with a classroom and office that is the base for the Sanctuary Co-ordinator and will be the base for an Education Fellow.
NMIT use the Brook Conservation Centre to deliver the trainee ranger programme and other DOC training courses.
The Sanctuary is developing an outdoor classroom in a beech tree glade by the Brook stream. Power and data cables are being laid along the loop track under construction, to the classroom.
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.