We aim to showcase what a healthy and vibrant forest should look, sound and feel like, and are passionate about sharing a strong connection with nature to the next generation.

We carry out community educational activities in conjunction with Bay Conservation Alliance, with special effort to involve local schools in our project.

Families and school groups who visit the forest are welcome to the activity resources below free of charge. Many of these have been created using funds provided by DOC’s Community Fund, with content developed by the House of Science & inspired by Kiwi Conservation Club activities.

Forest Activity Booklet

A fun activity booklet for kids to complete as they walk through the forest. Print copies in colour before you go, don’t forget pencils!

Forest Hunt

Student activity worksheet and teacher notes

Layers Of The Forest

Student activity worksheet and teacher notes

How Tall Is That Tree

Student activity and teacher notes

Get To Know A Tree

Student activity and teacher notes

Teacher Notes

Background info on Aongatete forest and its conservation for school teachers

The Rainbow Forest

Student activity and teacher notes
Printable colour card template


The Outdoor Education Centre (or Aongatete Lodge as it’s often called) has a focus on building life skills for youth and is our close neighbour and conservation ally. Please respect the guests and users of their facilities when you visit the forest: stick to the public tracks, do not use the driveway or wander through the grounds.

Useful Links

A range of useful and interesting resources, plus links to our fellow Bay Conservation Alliance members in the neighbourhood.