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New free teaching resource from WWF

11 September 2008

New free teaching resource from WWF

What sound does a Hector’s dolphin make? How do these small, endangered dolphins find their way around our murky coastal waters? What can school students do to help protect them from extinction? The answers to these and many more questions are all answered in an exciting new teaching resource from WWF-New Zealand, launching today (Thursday 11 September) during Conservation Week.

Entitled Sink or Swim? Hector’s Dolphin Action Pack for Schools, the kit is designed by WWF to give teachers everything they need to deliver integrated and inspiring Environmental Education for their students. It is for Levels 1 – 5 and consists of a CD-ROM packed with an interactive PDF teacher’s manual, teaching and learning activities, background information about the dolphins, and multi-media teaching tools such as photocards, songs, computer population modelling games, and DVDs.

“We are really proud of this resource,” says Wendy Barry, WWF-New Zealand Education Programme Leader. “The interactive nature of the CD-ROM allows teachers to search for activities depending on the level of their students, topic of interest, or curriculum area. As with all Environmental Education programmes, there is an element of personal responsibility and action where students reflect on their learning and decide what they can do for the dolphins, and New Zealand’s marine environment overall.”

WWF-New Zealand has created the resource as part of its campaign to restore populations of Hector’s and Maui’s dolphins. WWF supports schools and communities who want to get involved in protecting New Zealand's endangered dolphins from extinction, with education coordinators in Auckland, and also soon to be in Christchurch.

“The resource gives teachers the tools to bring conservation to their classroom - the combination of dolphin sounds, songs, games, and films, along with detailed learning about science and social issues help make this resource a vibrant and vital tool for educators."

Teachers - to request your free copy of Sink or Swim? Hector’s Dolphin Action Pack for Schools, call WWF-New Zealand on 04 499 2930 or email


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