Avondale Primary & New Lynn School

Craigavon Park Nature Day

A New Lynn School student with a pocket lens.

Our rescheduled Nature Day at Craigavon Park with much fun and well worth the wait. The sun was turned up and it felt more like early spring than late winter. The day began with an opening karakia led by Malcom Davis.

Avondale Primary and New Lynn Schools itching to get going!

The energy and enthusiasm of 90 kids was met in kind by Pam Gill from Ecomatters who encouraged them to explore the natural world up close through pocket lenses, revealing a dramatically different and engaging POV.

Pam sharing her knowledge about the plants near the stream.

The plantings was led by Kim Morris who is a Park Ranger. This activity was the highlight of the day for many children who had not had the opportunity to plant before – particularly in a public space.

Spade-handling 101.

Thank you to all the different organisations and people who helped us out with this postponement day, and to the patient whānau and teachers from Avondale Primary and New Lynn School who made this day flow so seamlessly.

We can’t wait to do more Nature Days with you next year!

Shanthie Walker (Environmental Educator) and Gill Thurlow (Auckland Council).

About Nature Days

Te Whau Pathway Project organises Nature Days for schools in the Whau Catchment Area to get outdoors, plant a tree, and learn about the unique natural environment beyond the school gates. Nature Days connect kids to their local environment.

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About this event

DateWednesday 16th August 2023
LocationCraigavon Park, Blockhouse Bay
Type of eventNature Day, Planting Day
WhoAuckland Council, Avondale Primary School, EcoMatters, New Lynn School, Sustainable Schools, Te Whau Pathway Environment Trust, Te Whau Pathway Project, Whau the People, Whau River Catchment Trust