Nau Mai, Haere Mai!

Kia Ora, Fakalofa lahi atu, Fakatalofa atu, Mālō e Lelei, Mālō nī, Bula vinaka, Kia Orana, Talofa, Aloha, Greetings and Welcome to you all!

Two decades ago, the founders of EcoQuest Te Rarangahau Taiao imagined a learning community where, through education and research, young, motivated people would become catalysts for  sustainability.

Te Rarangahau Taiao has layered meanings. It speaks of the questing for the natural world. It also conjures up the idea of weaving relationships to form webs of knowledge for sustainability. 

At heart, we believe well-grounded, well-rounded scientists and policy makers have a critical role in the kaitiakitanga of our planet; our programs are designed for this purpose. Good hearts, good minds, good science.

We run a range of courses and workshops for different levels, ranging from high school through to adult education. A selection of our courses are NZQA approved and can earn you credits.

Current Options

Ecology in Action School Science Camps (1-5 day)

EcoQuest offers a range of place-based learning activities for year 7-13 students that can be customised to suit your requirements. Pick & choose from our Science Taster programme to build a course that is right for your students.

These include:

  • The little things that run the world: Invertebrates as indicators 
  • Pekapeka - endemic long-tailed bats 
  • In-shore wetlands, shore-bird conservation and migration, benthic fauna and climate change
  • Sustainability - looking at the big picture

Photos & testimonials from our April 2021 school science camp.

Science Taster (5-day Holiday Programme)

The EcoQuest Education Foundation offers an exciting opportunity to attend a 5-day field ecology course.  

‘Experience Ecology in Action’ is for year 12 and 13 students. It is aimed at providing a greater understanding of ecology needed at level 3 biology and environmental sustainability, and to prepare students interested in pursuing biological and environmental sciences at university and other tertiary institutes.

At the EcoQuest field centre, you will learn about the projects our experienced faculty lead and you will partake in the practical field work involved in conducting our research. 

EcoQuest’s research has real community and conservation outcomes. 

When:13th to 17th December 2021
Where:EcoQuest Field Centre
Residential:Yes
How Much:$750
NZQA approved:No
Level:n/a
Credits:n/a

Photos & testimonials from our Dec 2020 programme.

Predator Free Course

Content relevant to NCEA level 2 or 3 (one day course; additional courses available up to five days)

Students participating in this predator free course will learn how animal behaviour is considered when monitoring mammalian pest abundance, how to place tracking tunnels, calculate the relative abundance of mammalian pests and current methods and technological advancement in trapping. 

This is a one day course, however an overnight stay is encouraged so that students can collect tracking cards they place out. 

When:TBC
Where:EcoQuest Field Centre
Residential:Depends on days selected
How Much:$ TBC
NZQA approved:No
Level:n/a
Credits:n/a

Micro-Credentials

Introduction to Agricultural Co-operatives

This micro-credential empowers individuals and small groups of producers or processors of agriculture and food products with the skills and knowledge to establish, and successfully run either service or production cooperatives.

Over the five weeks of the course we explore the legal and philosophical underpinnings of co-operatives, and the economic and governance structures required by them, and apply this to mapping out pathways for establishing a cooperative in the agri-food sector.

This micro-credential is open to anyone interested in establishing, or already working with, small-scale production or service cooperatives within the rural sector.

When:TBC
Where:TBC
Residential:TBC
How Much:$ TBC
NZQA approved:Yes
Level:5
Credits:10

Introduction to Agroecology

Agroecology is the transdisciplinary field of thought and practice that seeks to find pathways to more sustainable and resilient agriculture and food systems.

This introductory micro-credential explores the complex systems that underpin agriculture and other rural land uses. Through readings, classes, workshops, and field visits you will discover agroecology as a set of practices, a science, and a social movement, and begin to be able to apply agroecological concepts and methods, both on farm and in the wider sphere of governance and policy.

If you are a have a strong interest in agriculture, forestry, food systems, or biodiversity conservation, and hope to live and work in the rural sector then this micro-credential is made for you.

When:TBC
Where:TBC
Residential:TBC
How Much:$ TBC
NZQA approved:Yes
Level:5
Credits:10

A Season of Sustainability - Summer Workshops 2020/21

Maize to Masa : Nixtamalisation

Hands on learning about the process of transforming maize to masa. An introduction to the equipment and techniques for making masa at home, and an exploration of cooking with masa, from tortillas to tamales and more.

When:21st Nov 2020
Where:Golden Downs
Residential:No
How Much:$50
NZQA approved:No
Tutor:Willy Cameron

Shiitake Log Cultivation

An introduction to cultivating mushrooms on logs. Learn the process of growing your own spawn, selecting the right timber, and how to innoculate and care for logs through to harvest. Bring a drill, if you have one!

When:5th Dec 2020
Where:Golden Downs
Residential:No
How Much:$50
NZQA approved:No
Tutor:Willy Cameron

Queen Rearing for Hobby Beekeepers

A practical course for hobbyist beekeepers interested in raising queens for their hives. Learn the theory and bee biology relevant to queen raising and get to know the equipment and procedures necessary for success. With this information in hand the workshop finishes with hands-on practice with the grafting tool and manipulating larvae.

Experience needed – must have at least 1 – 2 seasons of beekeeping.  Successful completion of AFB recognition course desirable.  

Equipment to be provided by participant on the day – packed lunch, writing materials, bee proof suit, gloves, boots, and hive tool  

When:TBC
Where:Golden Downs
Residential:No
How Much:$75
NZQA approved:No
Tutor:Scott Williamson

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