Investigating Leaves

Download a template and instructions to make your own leaf wheel to use on any nature walk.

The design allows children to tuck the leaves they collect under a transparent 'wheel' and stops them blowing away.

The sheet contains activity ideas suitable for a range of ages.

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Exploring Kepa Bush Reserve

Kepa Bush is a perfect place for outdoor adventures with children without needing to drive out to a regional park. The looping forested track provides some welcome shade in the summer months and includes surprising views from the lookouts and a stream that flows down to a creek. Scroll down for free activity sheets, a colour wheel 

and map to help you explore this lovely reserve.

Exploring Tahuna Torea Reserve

A treasure trove of native biodiversity, Tahuna Torea is an important sanctuary for a variety of native birds, The walking tracks feature excellent native tree signage explaining their Maori traditional use and describing the insects that feed on them.

The foreshore is a great place to look for crabs and shells.

Scroll down for some free activity sheets to help you explore the reserve.

Exploring Maungarei Springs Wetland

An oasis in the heart of suburbia, Maungarei Springs Wetland, Stonefields is great for bird watching and discovering native plants. The wetland lies in the heart of an old quarry excavated for the basalt rock that was laid down about 10,000 years ago when the Maungarei/Mount Wellington volcano erupted.

Scroll down for free activity sheets that will help you explore the wetland.