Year 12 Biology students have just recently returned from their annual pilgrimage to Pureora Forest Park. Whilst there, they study ecological patterns and interrelationships between species as well as looking at the history of conservation biology in New Zealand.
On the second day they walked up Mount Pureora, had lunch at the summit, and then collected a large amount of data on the way down. Students are investigating how the density of three named species is affected by altitudinal zonation, which can then be used for two Internal Achievement Standards. Students have enjoyed being in the outdoors and putting into practice the skills and knowledge learned in the classroom.