Quail Island is an affordable option for Outdoor Education pursuits or EOTC – Education Outside The Classroom. To Download a teacher resource document click here.
We can cater for large groups of over 100 people at a time.
We believe we can offer your students many options to extend their knowledge base of nature, wildlife and geography while having fun, exercising through walking and team building at the same time.
For more on Quail Island and for a walking map click HERE
An information sheet and map of the island will be given to you on board the ferry.
We find the best times which seem to suit most schools are as follows:-
Depart Lyttelton: 9.15am arrive Quail Island at 9.30am
Depart Quail: 2.15pm arrive Lyttelton 2.30pm.
This usually gives enough time for the buses to get back to school by 3pm depending of course on how far away your school is. The ferry journey is approximately 15 minutes.
• Follow the walkway around the island. En route discuss the historic features, interpretive panels, native plants, geological features and the uniqueness of ötamahua/Quail Island. Get students to sit/lie on their own. What can they hear/see/feel/smell? Students could compare their responses to a city environment and record the results as a poem, or a story.
• Create a picture. Use cardboard/ice cream container lids/coat hangers to form frames. In pairs students select an area to sit in. They sit back to back and as one describes the scene they see through their frame the other draws it. The first person gets 5-10mins then the pairs swap roles. Equipment required for this activity could be made before your trip or borrowed from your local DOC office.
• Conduct transect plant studies. Estimate the number of plants required to re-vegetate a section of the island.
• Survey visitor profiles and numbers or native/exotic plant and animal sightings. Why are these numbers important? What do they mean?
• Explore the variety of shapes and objects found in nature, by touching, observing and talking about them.
• Draw a sketch map of the island as you walk around it. Include all the animal and plant species you see. Why are they on the island? How did they get here? This sketch could be compared with the school environment, examining the different habitats, land formations, wildlife etc.
• Make a sea creature. Using sand, seaweed, shells, rocks etc students could create a natural, historical or mythical sea creature. They could emerge from the water as that sea creature and tell a story about how it relates to Ötamahua/Quail Island
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