Many schools visit the Island for a day or longer for a school camp. We recommend an overnight or 2-3 day camp to ensure plenty of time to explore aspects of the Island. The charter boat operators also offer a discounted tour to the Otago Heads for schools. The University’s Marine Science Centre is just across the water and offers exciting programmes.
There are many activities you can do on the Island such as monitoring biodiversity and predators using different indicators, including tracking tunnels, chew cards, and bird counts. This is linked with our predator control programme. Download our Pests/Monitoring Teacher Guide which outlines some of the activities.
Depending on the time of year, you can help with planting or caring for native tree seedlings. Help re-establish native forest on the Island!
You can explore history through the Island’s geology, ecology prior to human inhabitants, Kai Tahu use of the Island, the Island’s history as a quarantine station during early Otago settlement by Europeans. The historic Married Quarters building (1873) is a great place to bring history alive.
The Island is a great place for thinking about sustainability and the resources we often take for granted. How can we be good guardians of our planet, for example reduce waste going to landfill? Do a beach-clean-up and see what has washed up.