For the fourth consecutive
funding round, Wellington Zoo has renewed its contract with the
Ministry of Education to provide high-quality Learning Experiences
Outside the Classroom (LEOTC) programming. Over 14,000 primary,
secondary, preschool and tertiary students came to the Zoo for an
educational experience. The Zoo’s Learning Team continues
to develop the programme, focusing on multi-sensory interactive
learning. Students coming to the ‘Living Room’ (the
Zoo’s educational room) often encounter Billy the Blue-tongue
skink, Ricky and Jose the chinchillas, or, if they are fortunate,
George the cockatoo.
This year the Learning Team offered a full-day teacher’s
workshop to support the NCEA biology curriculum, specifically Primate
Evolution. Wellington Zoo is an excellent living classroom, having
the largest primate collection in New Zealand. In addition, Zoo
staff serve as resources for teachers when they return to the classroom.
Wellington Zoo continues to be widely used by local schools: since
2002, 70 percent of all Wellington schools have visited the Zoo
for an educational experience. This year there was an increase in
the number of schools from the Manawatu and Canterbury region, a
testament to the great educational value the Zoo provides.