LEARNZ Virtual Field Trips

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Lots of home educators subscribed to LEARNZ virtual field trips last year, using the NCHENZ member discount of 30%. They loved it! The LEARNZ subscription is for a full calendar year, so now is the time to subscribe if you are interested. NCHENZ members can subscribe for $45.50 (for one child). There are many field trips to choose from – you can browse using a map or by searching on a particular topic. The subscription gives you access to all virtual field trips on the site, there are no restrictions to how many virtual field trips you can do or how often. Click here to see what LEARNZ is all about andLEARNZ click here to see all the places you can go on a LEARNZ virtual field trip. To subscribe, complete the online application form, the discount will be applied when you are invoiced. LEARNZ rely on honesty as to how many children are accessing the material.


2016 Field Trips:


Smart Motorways 2 – technologies making roads safer and more sustainable (Mar 2016)

We all want to get where we’re going easily, safely, with less congestion and, enjoy the ride. Yess? Well … there is a way to make that happen. On this field trip you’re going to see how to make a motorway smart. Yes smart! Smart enough to help drivers arrive at their destinations safely, more quickly and with less stress! On this trip you’re off to Wellington to see how an existing busy motorway is being made smart. You will go behind the scenes to see how the Ngauranga Gorge to Aotea Quay section of Wellington’s urban motorway is being converted into New Zealand’s first smart motorway. This is the second of two field trips giving you the chance to see the ‘smarts’ being designed, the motorway changed and the project completed by the end of March 2016.

Wetland Biodiversity – journey to a rare inland high country ecosystem (Mar 2016)

Take a helicopter ride down the braided Rangitata River from the base of the Southern Alps to the river mouth. Explore the river ecosystem and the very special high country wetland called O Tu Wharekai. With local iwi, explore people in the past and the way they lived in this area, the way they used its resources and what the future holds. Technology twists – visit a permeable rock weir for young salmon, go electric fishing, trap pests using motion-sensor cameras and take water quality measurements. Note: weather and other factors out of our control may influence activities during this field trip.

Waka Voyaging – exploring hauora during an ocean adventure (Apr 2016)

Learning about waka and waka voyaging is a story of connections. You will connect with an important part of Aotearoa New Zealand history which reinforces our place in the Pacific region. You will be in the outdoors connecting with the environment and understanding its patterns. You will be immersed in the language and traditions of Maori and Pasifika peoples. During this field trip your class will prepare for and go sailing aboard the waka Nukutaiao. The Nukutaiao Waka Hourua is a traditional double hulled ocean-going sailing vessel being prepared for a voyage from Aotearoa New Zealand to Noumea, New Caledonia. Your students will join the waka crew in Whakatane as they prepare for their 1600km, 3-week ocean voyage.

Opera – put on a show! (May 2016)

The Magic Flute. Your class will love the excitement and intrigue of being part of this New Zealand Opera production! Opera is a complex arts production which demands a professional level of event management. Many people are involved in planning, designing and rehearsing to achieve a quality result. This opera virtual field trip is an opportunity to showcase how an exquisite production can be brought to fruition to wow its audience, with sumptuous costuming, international performers and stunning sets.

Where are we? – navigating and positioning on sea, land and air (Jun 2016)

There is a quiet revolution taking place. Remember using a map to find out where you are? Now you can do that right from a smart phone. That’s handy anytime you walk, ride or drive. But the technology isn’t just handy – it’s changing the world! Knowing exactly where we and things are, makes our world better, safer and more fun. On this trip students will explore what ‘location’ really means to them while journeying on land, sea and air. They will meet all sorts of people making careers out of using clever location based tools and see what opportunities lie ahead for them. This will be an exciting field trip experience!

Garden Bird Survey – who`s in your backyard? (Jun 2016)

On this virtual field trip your students will become citizen scientists! They will join thousands of other citizen scientists all over New Zealand as they take part in the annual Garden Bird Survey. They will see students from other urban and rural schools do the survey and make comparisons with what they see at school and at home. By going on this trip your students will learn how important birds are as indicators of the health of New Zealand’s environment, in both the physical and social sense, and learn how to take appropriate action where species are declining. This LEARNZ trip has all the elements for an exciting literacy programme embedded with the nature of science and social science!

Love your rubbish – lollipop to landfill? (Aug 2016)

Ever wondered what happens to your rubbish? On this 2016 field trip you will follow a piece of rubbish … from lollipop to landfill. You will see how simple decisions we make every day can reduce the amount of rubbish heading to landfills. Your field trip journey in massive trucks, diggers and bulldozers will see how a modern state-of-the-art landfill is managed to not only protect the environment but enhance it for future generations. This trip will inspire personal inquiry and hopefully trigger action at home, school and play.

Geohazards – earthquakes, landslides, tsunami (Aug 2016)

Teachers, how about we host your students on a guided geohazards journey to The Alpine Fault from the safety of your classroom? Experts will take your class to remote locations around Franz Josef to help them better understand what causes natural disasters such as tsunami, earthquakes and landslides, and how we can manage the risk. This trip fits well with big ideas like hazards, community, our world, nature, self, New Zealand and personal responsibility. This LEARNZ trip is the eighth in a series on geohazards that have included the Auckland volcanic field, Wellington, Bay of Plenty as well as the Canterbury and Marlborough Earthquakes.

Waterview Connection 3 – going underground with New Zealand`s biggest road project (Sep 2016)

The Waterview Connection is a $NZ1.5 billion project that will significantly improve Auckland’s road network and ultimately benefit all New Zealanders. Everything about it is huge, including the stars of the project such as Alice the Tunnel Boring Machine and Dennis the self-launching gantry. Yes this is a BIG story which is why this is the third of four field trips as we follow the project to completion. Be in and play a part in history being made. This trip fits well with big ideas like national identity, transport, teamwork, heritage, community, citizenship, economic development, sustainability. We’d love to get your students involved with this nationally significant project.

Antarctica – cool science in action (Nov 2016)

At the end of 2016, you will be going to a place that has fascinated explorers and scientists for over 100 years. Antarctica. Unlike early adventurers, you won’t be sailing there – you will be flying on a C17 Globemaster that will land on the Antarctic sea ice! it will be about -20°C and your first steps will fill your senses to overflowing: your eyes getting accustomed to the bright light, the weird sound your boots make on dry snow, strange sensations as the snot in your nose freezes, nothing man-made toward the horizon to help you judge distance, the thought that you and the 265 tonne Globemaster are sitting on 1.5m of ice over sea water hundreds of metres deep – and that’s just the start! Your friends on this trip are Antarctic scientists, historians and preservation experts from the Antarctic Heritage Trust (AHT). You will complete a survival training course; join other Antarcticans for meals in the Scott Base dining room; join morning meetings to plan the day’s activity and travel to remote, historic huts and see how cool science was and is really done! We’ll look after the RAMS forms – all you need to do is enrol your class!


Below is feedback from home educators on individual virtual field trips from 2015:


Antarctica – Cool science in action (Nov 2015)

It takes us to the place we have never been and experienced before and it gives us more insights of what’s happening in a place we’ve never thought to be able to go to. It’s incredibly interesting. We learn how people in Antarctica live in respect of the climate and conditions; we learn more about Antarctica’s natural environment, geographic layout, and how people adapt their living pattern in such conditions; we also learn more scientific language in broadening our vocabularies; the videos are very useful for listening comprehension for further discussions on scientific studies and essay writing.

ShakeOut – Getting ready for earthquakes (Oct 2015)

Good way of covering topics in an interesting way and connects students with others that they would never otherwise connect with. Comment from student: “that was great. Can we do another one?”

Waterview Connection – Going underground with New Zealand’s biggest road project (Aug 2015)

The field trip generated a lot of relevant questions and fitted in with the science, technology and English topics that we are covering. The field trip provided access to an area of interest and at a level of expertise that I would not be able to provide any other way.

Smart Motorways – Technologies making roads safer and more sustainable (Aug 2015)

My son has a keen interest in engineering and this was a fantastic opportunity to go behind the scenes of motorway infrastructure and how a smart motorway works. It supported our geography/science-engineering course studies.

Kauri – A taonga under threat (May 2015)

I like that we can do the work live, or delay it to suit our needs, and either way not miss out on any of the content. Homeschooling children with special needs (attention deficit, anxiety, conduct disorder) I can dip in and out to suit the level they are able to work at on any given day and although it may be a little disjointed at times, they do not miss out. I can also have them both participate in the field trip at different times if need be, whereas if they were doing a field trip in school and couldn’t participate for some reason they would just completely miss out. Absolutely love it!

Great Walker – Walking the famous Routeburn Track Fiordland (Feb 2015)

Was a great support for our Virtual Great Walkers competition we have entered in. Lots of helpful information that covered all areas.


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