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Fish tales for holidays!!!

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Every creature has a story to tell…

Head to the Marine Science Centre in Portobello these school holidays to hear tales of daring deeds, find out why the spotty lost its spot, and how the sea cucumber got its name! Be thrilled by a spine-chilling story from the deep, and be spired to craft a tale of your own!

Click here to find out more information about the Aquarium, or pop your headphones on and listen to this great podcast about the awesome things you can get up to when you go for a visit!


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Lets Get Gardening!!

Gardening activities for kidsIts finally spring-time! And you know what that means – way more time and sunshine for playing outside! Woohoo!

Hopefully you’ve got a garden at home or at school – if you dont there are heaps of great places to play, like the Botanic Gardens, or even taking a trip out to the beach with your friends and family.

If you are out in the garden, see what different types of plants are beginning to appear. New flowers will be coming through, and its a GREAT time to plant new things!

If you, your family, your teachers or school mates are wondering where you can find information about gardening around Dunedin, check out the Otepoti Urban Organics Network. Its a place for everyone to go and check out what kind of gardening events are happening, and if youve got questions there are heaps of other people from the network that can help you out.

So get outside and get gardening today!

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Be a DOC Ranger for a Day!!!

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Talk about the coolest competition EVER! Two winners get to choose to be one of the following for a day: skink ranger, freshwater fish ranger, coastal ranger, threatened plant ranger or recreation and historic ranger!

All you need to do is explain in your own way how you can get involved with conservation in your neighbourhood. The way you explain is completely up to you – you can write a song, draw a picture, construct a sculpture or photograph, or just write a letter!

Find out more here – youve got until Monday 14th of September to enter!!!

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Sea creatures Podcasts!

Picture 64Hey guys – as promised here are our audio podcasts from our trip to the New Zealand Marine Studies Centre in Portobello! The first one follows feeding the seahorses, as well as a number of other cool things you can do & see at this awesome location.

Additional Music:
“Spring 2008” by Architecture in Helsinki
“Skeletons” by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Click here to Download and play the mp3 file from UniTube.

Picture 63The next clip is a poem called One Less Fish. This story creates an awareness of how we are losing our precious friends in the sea, and is read out by Tahu Mackenzie from the New Zealand Marine Studies Centre.

Adapted from Toff, K.M. and A. Sheather. 1997. One Less Fish. University of Queensland Press, Australia.

Additional Music:
“Nemo Egg” & “Field Trip” by Thomas Newman

Click here to Download and play the mp3 file from UniTube.

To subscribe to these podcasts in iTunes, choose “Subscribe to Podcast” in the “Advanced” menu and paste in the following url:

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Journey to the Tropical Forest at Otago Museum

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Want to go on an audio journey of Discovery World and the Tropical Forest at the Otago Museum? Click here to listen!

Click here to Download and play the mp3 file (1.9 MB) from UniTube.

To subscribe to this podcast in iTunes, choose “Subscribe to Podcast” in the “Advanced” menu and paste in the following url:

Music “Loch Raven” by Animal Collective

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A trip to discover Ocean adventures!

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Last weekend we took a trip to the New Zealand Marine Studies Centre out in Portobello. We went there to film and record some sound so we could start making a really cool podcast just for you guys (stay tuned – well make sure you can listen to it soon)!

While we were there we saw and learnt about seahorses, heaps of different fish, and even got to go in a submarine!!! It’s a really great place to go and visit any time of the year, so check their website out here for details.

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Otago Museum full of surprises!


Discover the great range of activities on offer at Otago Museum.

It is always a good alternative to spend those rainy and cold days in a great environment.

World tropical Forest, West Africa, tours, community events and much more!

Have a look at:


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