Programmes for schools

The need to educate and inspire the next generation of Tidy Kiwis is at the heart of what we do. Environmental initiatives in schools are key to helping make this happen, by starting conversations, engaging kids and building a sense of community. We offer a variety of environmental education programmes for children of all ages to teach our kids the importance of caring for and protecting our environment.


Eco-Schools is the largest global sustainable schools programme operated internationally by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).

With a focus on action-based learning, Eco-Schools is the ideal way for schools to embark on a meaningful path towards improving the environment in their school and local community.

The programme encourages young people to engage in their environment by allowing them the opportunity to actively protect it and schools are ultimately rewarded with the opportunity to become a Green Flag school – an internationally recognised status.

Young Reporters for the Environment Litter Less Programme

Young Reporters for the Environment Litter Less Programme (YRE) is an international programme currently running in 45 countries.

This environmental education programme is run through schools and empowers young people, between the ages of 11-25 years old, to report on local environmental issues through the media of writing, photography or video.

Students are also asked to link their projects to one of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Climate Ready Classrooms

Help to create Aotearoa’s next generation of carbon literate ambassadors.

Our Climate Ready Classrooms programme introduces learners to the key concepts surrounding climate change and empowers learners to take climate action.

Climate Ready Classrooms is a series of workshops designed with NZ Curriculum in mind that explore the issues of climate change in an engaging and motivating way.

Upstream Battle

Did you know that 80% of marine litter globally starts life on land?

Our Upstream Battle citizen science programme aims to get students and volunteers across the country collecting litter at key upstream sites, such as rivers, lakes and streams to provide a better understanding of the root causes of ocean pollution.

This environmental education programme links to the New Zealand Curriculum. Data collected as part of this programme will contribute to both national and international research.

Backyard Battle

Our Backyard Battle citizen science programme gets students, teachers, volunteers and other citizen scientists out collecting litter at key inland sites, such as public recreational spaces, highways and railways, car parks, residential, retail and industrial sites to help create a better understanding of litter’s pathway across our land.

Data collected as part of this programme will contribute to both national and international research.

Clean Up Week

Each year we hold our annual Clean Up Week – a week-long event which takes place every spring.

In 2021, we had approximately 30,000 volunteers take part collecting almost 300 tonnes of litter across an area equivalent to 2,589 rugby fields!

This is a great opportunity to get your school together to participate in New Zealand’s largest clean up event.

Resene Wall Worthy Competition

Our Resene Wall Worthy Competition gives local early childhood centres, schools and youth groups the chance to tell their local history, celebrate a local hero or communicate a nature or conservation theme on a wall in their community.

Teach your tamariki the importance of Keeping New Zealand Beautiful by getting them involved in creating the design and bringing it to life!

Winning submissions receive a $750 Resene paint voucher, drop cloth and high vis vests, as well a $500 donation if the mural is completed by the end of the school year.

Kiki Kiwi & Friends Litter Less Programme

Our Kiki Kiwi Litter Less Programme educates student aged 5-11-years old about the importance of ‘Doing the Right Thing’. This programme has been developed in line with the New Zealand Curriculum.

The programme consists of six inquiry questions and is delivered by teachers over 12 lesson and three themes: defining litter, understanding litter, actions.

Beautiful Awards

The Beautiful Awards are run annually and act as a bench mark for environmental excellence. Each year we celebrate everyone and everything from young legends, sustainable schools, community environmental initiation, and best towns and cities – right through to best street and best loo!

Find out the key dates for our school programmes and competitions.