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Learning resources for teachers and students

Interactive Teaching Resource

This website has over 350 pages of information about braided rivers, the unique plants and animals that inhabit them, threats to them, and what’s being done to protect them. Much of the content has been distilled into activities and learning material for children from pre-school to Year 13, in the Braided Rivers Teaching Resource below.  We recommend you begin by downloading one (or both) versions, as they contain links to key information in this website. The contents include a Resource Framework, Key Competencies and Values, Key Concepts, how the content links to different subjects and levels, Resources, and a Glossary.

Looking for a great creative project? 

#TheFlockNZ  is a great classroom activity to decorate birds made of corflute or plywood. The aim is to raise awareness that the birds, which are migratory, have started nesting in braided rivers. You can display your Flock in the classroom or the school grounds. Several schools now work in conjunction with DOC, ECan and local councils to display their ‘Flock’ in public places including parks and outside libraries, art galleries, and businesses. This fantastic ‘community art’ project is a great way for children to learn about the birds and share their creations with the community. Download signs to accompany #TheFlock: explaining a little about each braided river bird and braided rivers.

An even simpler primary school classroom activity is to make a wrybill mask! Just click on the image to download an A4 template:

Fact sheets: what birds are found in what rivers

These 3-7 page PDFs include maps, types of birds on each river, and threats to them. You may wish to select a river close to your school. These were extracted from Forest & Bird’s Important Areas For New Zealand Sea Birds: Sites on Land:Rivers ans Estuaries, published in 2016 (250 pages). NOTE: the dates are of last known sightings or surveys, which on some rivers may have been several years ago, as birds populations are dropping rapidly due to threats.

Marlborough & Nelson



North Canterbury

South Canterbury


Useful quick links in this site