Ten schools in the running to win a $10,000 TREEmendous outdoor learning space

23 July 2019

The ten schools in the running to win a TREEmendous event in 2020 have been selected.

TREEmendous, a joint initiative between the Mazda Foundation and Project Crimson, teaches children about the importance of caring for the environment through the development of amazing outdoor learning spaces that encourage teachers and students to reconnect with nature.

The ten finalists are: Burnside Primary School (Christchurch), Hobsonville Point Primary (Auckland), Kihikihi Primary School (Waikato), Oturu School (Kaitaia), Roslyn School (Palmerston North), St Joseph's School (Nelson), Stanhope Road School (Auckland), Whanganui Intermediate School (Whanganui), Mauriceville School (Masterton) and Richmond School (Napier).

These ten schools will now submit a detailed plan of their proposed outdoor learning area. Then, the judges will select four schools to receive a $10,000 TREEmendous event in 2020. The remaining six finalists will receive $500 towards their projects.

The judges were impressed with the creativity of this year’s applications. From the many student-led video applications, it was apparent how excited Kiwi students are about the possibility of becoming TREEmendous schools.

Ruud ‘The Bugman’ Kleinpaste, one of the judges on the TREEmendous panel, believes it is vital to teach environmental literacy to the next generation.

“There’s no better way to teach students about nature than in nature. That’s why our TREEmendous outdoor learning spaces are such powerful teaching tools,” he says.

David Hodge, Chairman of the Mazda Foundation, says choosing just ten finalists was no easy feat.

“The calibre of applications we received was outstanding and narrowing it down to ten finalists was a challenging task.

“It’s encouraging to see the enthusiasm coming through from all of the entries,” he says.

We look forward to seeing the detailed plans from these ten finalists and announcing the four winning schools in November.

For more information about TREEmendous, please visit: http://treemendous.org.nz/

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