Trees for Survival is a nationwide charitable trust, initiated and supported by the Rotary movement, and has as its main aim a focus on teaching children how to grow and plant native plants or as they put it “children growing trees for our future” and “hands-on environmental education”.
Moturoa School was the first Trees for Survival School in Taranaki, with our propagation unit installed and up and running by December 1996 with the guidance of Bill Clarkson. It is located within the school grounds in close vicinity to classrooms.
Our ‘experts’ programme (Native Plant Study Group) at Moturoa School aims to provide a specialized learning programme for children that demonstrate a genuine interest in learning more about native plants, habitats and ecosystems and has a particular focus on Taranaki plants. It is expected that the children that become involved have elected to participate in the programme on their own volition and as well as pursuing their interests agree to take responsibility to share their interest and knowledge with other members of the school community and visitors to the school. The experts programme is only one of three main strands of the integrated learning associated with the Trees for Survival programme which also includes classroom programmes and learning the skills of plant propagation.