In 2018 EIT was announced as a corporate guardian of the Hawke’s Bay Biodiversity group. In the same week, the Learning in Nature project brought together environmental educators from around the country to explore ways to incorporate education outdoors into an innovative learning environment.
EIT partnered with the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council and the Air New Zealand Environment Trust to organise this initial workshop.
Professor Natalie Waran is spearheading the initiative for EIT.
“We want to be sure that EIT students and practicing teachers have the learning experiences to equip them with the tools, knowledge and confidence to incorporate the use of outdoor learning environments into their teaching,” Natalie says.
The overall goal of the Learning in Nature project is to improve awareness and understanding of the environment across the whole community by promoting the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources, leading to a better environment and a better quality of life.