Otago Regional Council coordinates the Enviroschools programme in Otago


The kaupapa of Enviroschools is the well-being of the whole school, wider community and local ecosystem. The aim is to foster a generation of young people who instinctively think and act sustainably.

A sustainable community is one that develops a healthy environment. An environment that we can continue to live in and enjoy for many generations. Students and schools work towards creating sustainable communities by:

  • Role modelling sustainable practices
  • Empowering students to be teachers among their families and peers
  • Understanding what sustainability looks like
  • Creating future leaders who know how to make informed decisions and take action

Over 80 schools and six Early Childhood Centres throughout Otago are part of the Enviroschools programme, and the number is growing

What we do

ORC works with schools and community groups to support the nationwide Enviroschools programme in the Otago region. We help coordinate the programme to make sure that schools have the resources they need to build sustainable communities. Just a few of the ways we do this include:

  • Going into schools and helping them set up environmental programmes that suit their community
  • Sharing knowledge and resources with teachers that enable them to connect environmental lessons with the local area
  • Providing education on plant identification, water quality and testing, as well as the insects and wildlife which keep our environment healthy
  • Encourage ideas that help build a healthy school environment, like building bug hotels in the playground, or planting within school grounds to suit the area


Find out more

Part of the Enviroschools philosophy is to share knowledge and learning. One way to find out what our participating schools have been up to is through our newsletters.


Enviroschools Ōtākou Newsletter 2024


Enviroschools Ōtākou Newsletter 2022


Enviroschools Ōtākou Newsletter 2021​


Enviroschools Ōtākou Newsletter Mahuru - 2020


Enviroschools Ōtākou Newsletter 1 - 2019

Enviroschools Ōtākou Newsletter 2 - 2019


Enviroschools Ōtākou Newsletter 2 - 2018

Toimata Foundation, a not-for-profit trust based in Hamilton, provides a national hub and works with local government and community agencies to build strong regional networks.

Otago Regional Council coordinates the Enviroschools programme in Otago, working alongside Toimata and our regional partners.

Our partners include:

Dunedin City Council 

Central Otago District Council

Central Otago Rural Education Activities Programme (Coreap)

Clutha District Council

Queenstown Lakes District Council

Wanaka Wastebusters

Waitaki District Council

Whānau Manaaki

If you'd like more information about the Enviroschools Programme visit the national website or contact our Regional Coordinator, Dr Robyn Zink.


Email: enviroschools@orc.govt.nz

Phone: 0800 474 082


To stay up to date with Enviroschools Otago, like our Facebook page.

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