Wgtn Zoo and The Warehouse make Zoo learning more accessible
24 September 2013
Wellington Zoo proud to partner with The Warehouse to make Zoo learning more accessible
Wellington Zoo is proud to announce a new three-year partnership with The Warehouse to help the Wellington and Tasman regions’ low decile schools visit the Zoo for conservation-based learning programmes.
In-store fundraising in The Warehouse’s Wellington/Tasman region stores will support The Warehouse Zoofari to engage students from decile 1-3 schools in nature-based hands on learning, along with assisting with the costs of transport of getting children to the Zoo.
Amy Hughes, Wellington Zoo’s Group Manager Community Engagement, says “The Warehouse partnership is a wonderful project that will make a positive difference to schools that wouldn’t otherwise have access to Zoo-based learning, enabling them to connect with nature.”
"We're excited to join forces with The Warehouse, an iconic New Zealand company. This is a great partnership between two community-focused organisations to enable more local children to benefit from the unique learning environment at Wellington Zoo,” said Ms Hughes.
“We’ll be asking schools to apply for funding at the start of next year and hope to have our first The Warehouse Zoofari class visit the Zoo early in Term 1 2014.”
Tere Maden, Store Manager at the Warehouse Paraparaumu, says “We are very excited to be partnering with Wellington Zoo and to enable school children to have quality fun learning experiences at the Zoo from 2014.“
Nearly 10,000 students from over 250 schools visited Wellington Zoo in the past year to participate in Ministry of Education Learning Experiences Outside the Classroom (LEOTC) programmes.
Wellington Zoo is New Zealand's first Zoo, established in 1906, and is Wellington’s oldest conservation organisation. Home to over 500 native and exotic animals, Wellington Zoo became a charitable trust in 2003.
Wellington Zoo became the world’s first carboNZero certified zoo in May 2013.
Wellington Zoo is an accredited member of the Zoo and Aquarium Association Australasia and a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums.