In March 2014, the first ever EcoBlitz was held in the New Zealand in the Nina Valley, Lewis Pass, Canterbury.
Our aim was to transform how secondary students connected with and learned about nature, valued biodiversity, and understood ecological issues. The EcoBlitz brought together 130 scientists, teachers, and conservation professionals with 170 senior high school students from multiple schools to record biodiversity in a robust and repeatable way to monitor change over time.
The event, which included a follow-up day at Lincoln university in October that year, won the Ministry for the Environment 2014 Green Ribbon Award for Education and Communications and also the Paramount Green Ribbon Award.
The next Nina Valley EcoBlitz will be taking place in March 2017.
Once again, the event is open to :
- High school students in Years 11-13 (in 2017 - by invitation only through their schools/home schools)
- Conservation professionals and scientists
- Assistants (parents of participating children, teachers, and university students)
See www.ninavalleyecoblitz.com for the full details.