In 2008 ECOED opened the Pan Pac Kiwi Crèche at Lake Opouahi inland from Tutira.

A 40 ha pest-free area for endangered wildlife and environmental education. ECOED has since grown to include an adjacent 29 ha of land for school groups to participate in outdoor education.

ECOED aims to integrate outdoor education, environmental education and Kiwi conservation in Hawke’s Bay, by working collaboratively with key community stakeholders and schools through leadership and advocacy, supported by sustainable funding.

Since 2002, ECOED has raised over 100 kiwi chicks before releasing them into the wild. ECOED’s goal is to restore a population of 2,000 strong, stoat-beating, North Island Brown Kiwi to the Kaweka Forest Park by the year 2020.

ECOED, in partnership with the Endeavour Community Trust, has provided $333,000 for adventurous outdoor education, resulting in over 18,425 student days of learning for Hawke’s Bay pupils in the outdoors – in the water, on the land, and in caves!

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