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Beautiful Bay in May for Schools

Beautiful Bay in May 2023 – inspiration for learning in nature!

Leaf DrawingThis May, Biodiversity Hawke’s Bay (BHB) and the National Aquarium of New Zealand (NANZ) want to give you some brilliant ideas and resources to help connect your tamariki and young people with nature and biodiversity with the Beautiful Bay in May!

Beautiful Bay in May (BBiM) is essentially 31 awesome activities to inspire you to get out in nature with your students. You don’t need to do all 31, just doing one will provide some excitement outside and will no doubt be easy to adapt for other teaching purposes too.

The 31 activities have been specifically developed using the Five Pathways of Nature Connection, which aims to build Nature Connectedness.  Connection to nature describes our lasting relationship with nature, including emotions, attitudes and behaviour. People with a greater connection to nature are more likely to behave positively towards the environment, wildlife and habitats, in addition to greater mental wellbeing, lower blood pressure and less stress.

Resource Packs

This year, we have developed specific resource packs to inspire schools that includes the 31 activities, extra resources to support the activities and even some simple evaluation to provide teachers with some assessment for learning across the activities too.

Take Part

Keen to take part? Access the Schools Resource Pack for BBiM 2023 and let us know that you’re keen to get your class involved by emailing our education team with your name and your school name.

Download the BBiM Schools Resource Pack

Email our team

Win an awesome class adventure!

There will also be a schools adventure prize for a class to win! Just have your class or school participate in BBiM activities using our Schools Resource Pack, share your pictures and be in to win a school excursion with us (including transport) as well as Kiwi Conservation Club annual school membership. See further details below.

Assessment for learning within BBiM

We are very keen to support evaluation of learners’ experiences with BBiM, specifically looking at their Nature Connectedness.

Our evaluation will use a very quick, simple, illustrated scale called the Inclusion of Nature in Self (INS), a measure developed to assess Nature Connectedness. It is a one-step measure which gets right to the heart of Nature Connectedness by simply asking learners to choose the diagram that best describes their relationship with nature.

We will send the postage-paid packs to you after you let us know you’re keen to participate in BBiM. You simply do the quick one-step evaluation in class before you start BBiM and then also after you’ve done one, or a number, of the activities. Then send the packs back to us and we will send you your class results once we’ve had a chance to analyse them. All children will be unidentifiable to us.

The process will look like:

Before participating in BBiM


We will also send a teacher specific survey pre and post participation in the campaign, but more aligned to your motivations to take part and how you found the experience with a chance to help us improve it for next year.

We are so grateful for any participation in this as we want to make learning experiences in nature as rich and meaningful for learners as we can.

Win a class trip with transport and a KCC school membership!

Get your class or school to take part in the Beautiful Bay in May campaign 2023 and be in to win an awesome class adventure! All you need to do is:

1. Get your class or school to participate in our BBiM activities using the Schools Resource Pack for 2023.
2. Email us pictures or other confirmation of your school or class taking part in as many of the activities as you like
3. Wait to see if you have won the incredible adventure planned for the winning class to have a great day out in the Bay!

Prizes have been generously donated by:

School Adventure Prize Pack Terms & Conditions

  1. Any shared content of participants emailed to engaging in one of the 31 Beautiful Bay in May activities, between the 1st to 31st of May 2023 will enter the draw.
  2. Emails sharing schools participating in the BBiM 2023 activities must be received by the National Aquarium of New Zealand (NANZ) by 11.59pm (NZST) on 31st May 2023 to be eligible for the prize draw.
  3. Appropriate entries will be identified and participants’ teacher and/or school names will be put in the random draw to win one Schools Adventure Prize Pack.
  4. Winners will be contacted via email before 30th June 2023.
  5. Prizes cannot be swapped or changed.
  6. The prize is for a group of up to 35 children and 6 adults from the winning school.
  7. Transport offered by Bay Tours & Charters is a return trip from the school to the NANZ guided rocky shore excursion (Hardinge Rd, Napier) OR visit to the aquarium on the same day. The trip must be taken in the academic year of 2023 or forfeit.
  8. The Beautiful Bay in May Schools Adventure Prize Pack contains prizes from different organisations. The individual terms and conditions for each prize therefore may vary. The winner will need to check the specific conditions of prizes containing memberships and experiences with the relevant organisations. Organisations offering memberships or experiences as part of the prize pack are:
    • The National Aquarium of New Zealand
    • Bay Tours & Charters
    • Kiwi Conservation Club

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