Join us during Seaweek 2020 to celebrate our connection with the sea and investigate the health of our marine environment. Your students will explore the many uses of marine areas and how we can better manage the human impacts on these valuable ecosystems. Students will identify different species living in Ōhiwa Harbour and explore the relationship between sea stars and mussels. They will touch a sea star, describe its physical characteristics and investigate its adaptations. Students will also take a closer look at mussels to discover what role they play in this ecosystem and how people are changing this environment.
During this field trip you will:
Follow tweets from Shelley the LEARNZ field trip teacher
Travel to Ōhiwa Harbour in the Bay of Plenty
Talk to local kaitiaki who are combining mātauranga Māori and western science to understand human impacts on Ōhiwa Harbour and help restore this ecosystem
Take a boat ride with researchers
Help collect mussels and sea stars for analysis
Investigate the role of mussels – a taonga species
Work with scientists to design experiments
Use instruments and technology to measure our marine environment
Fly a drone to monitor a coastal area
Explore kaitiakitanga in the marine environment
Investigate marine ecosystem services such as providing food, and removing pollutants
Meet and question researchers involved in the Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge
Follow what's happening on the website and on twitter at #learnztrip.