FIND IT, SOW IT, GROW IT!
Taking care of nature.
A long, long time ago Aotearoa had no people. This was a land of birds, insects and lizards who lived in forests full of native plants; every kind of plant, from giant trees to bushy shrubs and ferns. Some of our native plants are extinct like the dinosaurs. But, lucky for us, we still have some beautiful native bush to visit. And we can grow native plants in our gardens. Autumn is a good time to grow some native plants from seed. You could even collect your own seeds. Look for seeds on kowhai trees, harakeke (flax), tī kōuka (cabbage tree), koromiko (hebe), karamu (coprosma), rengarenga (rock lily), kohuhu (pittosporum), manuka and other native plants in the garden. Every year, New Zealanders plant hundreds of thousands of native plants to protect and beautify our environment. You might have grown or planted some for an Enviroschools project.