Various schools, community and conservation groups have already benefited from the park’s rich natural environment as an educational tool.
The park has many ideal opportunities for educational trips and experiences. Relationships with local schools have begun through encouraging teachers to use the park as a model and tangible teaching tool in their curriculum planning.
The park is a perfect resource for teaching all those who use it to respect each other and the very special environment. A small area in the TECT All Terrain Park has been adopted by the Rudolph Steiner School at Welcome Bay. Equipped with spades, shovels and plants, 22 pupils from Class Three, along with their teacher and parents, spent time at the park planting wetland trees and grasses. The area will continue to be maintained by the school into the future as an educational exercise.
Otumoetai College students created a special feature for the park in the form of 12 timber picnic tables. The group of 25 students took on the challenge to build the tables as part of their National Certificate in Building, Construction and Allied Trade Skills. A model for sustainability, the project used pine timber logged from the TECT All Terrain Park, milled by Tauriko Sawmill and treated locally at ITM in Maleme Street, Greerton. More projects are planned for this year.
A volunteer conservation programme run by the Tauranga-based company Kuaka New Zealand (KNZ) contributes many hours to planting, building trails, cleaning up, and capturing and protecting the beauty of the TECT All Terrain Park.
KNZ has a group of specialist staff, purpose-trained outdoor educators and volunteers who professionally manage people working in the outdoors. The organisation has been bringing local and international groups into the park for some time to provide voluntary labour and build resources. Since 2002 KNZ has brought an average of 400 international student volunteers to New Zealand every year. In the winter of 2009 alone, they provided 27,000 volunteer hours in the Bay of Plenty.
Internships are also a reality of the park, with one being completed in 2010 by Danish student Irene Bech Ottesen. She described the experience as one of her proudest achievements. Irene created the visitor’s map to the park during her stay and worked with user groups to organize the first discovery day in December 2009. Since then another Danish forestry student, Rasmus Arvidson, arrived and took on the organisation of the Open Day in December.
The TECT All Terrain Park is also a destination for the Magic Bus Company that brings overseas visitors to the park.
For more information or to book an educational trip please contact the TECT All Terrain Park, on email email@example.com or telephone +64 (0)7 571 8008.