Waikato Environmental Education Fund - The Pukemokemoke Challenge
The vision for this fund follows directly from the magnificent restoration experience that was managed at Pukemokemoke.
Pukemokemoke: Lessons in forest regeneration
Provide funding to enable students years 1-8, to develop their curiosity and understanding of environmental and ecological ideas and develop their action-taking capabilities in the meaningful setting of the natural world.
The Waikato Environmental Education Fund is underpinned by the following values:
- Education is valued
- Connecting in, about and for nature
- Community Action
- Collaboration across ages
- Students are placed in the centre of learning
- Students voices are heard and valued
- Learning through taking meaningful action
The Pukemokemoke Challenge
The David Johnstone Pukemokemoke Bush Trust invites applications from primary, intermediate and area schools for funding to support environmental, ecological and sustainability projects within the Waikato Region.
Projects that utilise the Pukemokemoke Reserve will be most welcome and any other local projects within the Waikato Region involving education of environmental, ecological and sustainability principles will be considered.
Applications may be accepted in subsequent years to support longevity of projects.
Examples for funding requests could include:
- Transport to a site or sites to learn and/or take action for the natural environment.
- Equipment that will enable observation and/or monitoring related to your environmental project.
- Materials and/or plants that will enable action e.g. locally appropriate plants, gardening equipment, timber, potting mix.
We ask successful projects to track their learning and action and on completion, projects will need to provide a brief reflection/summary to the David Johnstone Pukemokemoke Bush Trust for sharing with the sponsors. This could be considered as part of a learning and action inquiry cycle and be integrated throughout the project. Creativity within this aspect of your project is welcomed!
Examples of a submitted project reflection/summary could include:
- A brief written reflection including student voice/contributions with a photo collage of the project actions.
- A short video of students reflecting on/expressing in their own way what they learnt; their favourite part of the project; anything else they wish to share.
- Student artwork and/or photos about the project.
Projects may be asked for permission to showcase their projects on the David Johnstone Pukemokemoke Bush Trust website and social media pages.