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Science Community Providers in the Otago region: Click provider’s name for further details

Department of Conservation
Conservation House; 77 Stuart St; Dunedin
A variety of programmes, depending on which District (Coastal Otago, Queenstown, Wanaka, and others
Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Otago
720 Cumberland Street, Dunedin
Workshops in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology for Year 11 secondary school pupils in Dunedin and In-school programmes for Otago schools not in Dunedin city.

Dunedin Astronomical Society
Beverly-Begg Observatory, Robin Hood Park, PO Box 6019, Dunedin 9059
On site astronomy using 3 large telescopes and a 1935 Orrery to demonstrate seasons, tides, planetary motions and phases etc.

Dunedin Botanic Garden
Corner Great King St and Opoho Road
Self guided educational kits and self-guided tours

Dunedin Gasworks Museum
20 Braemar Street,South Dunedin  
The Dunedin Gasworks Museum is part of the now closed Dunedin Gasworks which was New Zealand’s first and last gasworks, operating from 1863 until 1987. It is one of only three known preserved gasworks museums in the world. This is a significant local and world heritage site.

Dunedin Public Art Gallery
30 The Octagon Dunedin 9054
The experiences are on-site and involve hands on art experiences

An on line and telephone service
Teachers can request Ambassadors to visit their classrooms and link what the students are learning in their study to aspects of their work, showing students relevance for studies. They also offer the teacher and students a vast wealth of experience in a science area thus enhancing the students and teachers knowledge.They do hands-on activities, demonstrations and site visits

Genetics Otago
710 Cumberland St, Dunedin
In school demonstrations/talks given by leading geneticists; on-site laboratory experience (DNA forensic analysis and linking phenotype to genotype through fruit fly mutation analysis); free loan of electrophoresis kits and associated teaching resources;online teaching resources at; free public lectures

Healthy Harbour Watchers
9 Gamma Street, Dunedin
In “class” training programme on the big picture behind the monitoring and then procedure training and modelling
Lakes District Museum and Gallery
49 Buckingham Street, Arrowtown
New Zealand Hands on learning focusing on gold and life in 19th century New Zealand based in the Museum.

Landcare Research
764 Cumberland Street Dunedin
Landcare Research’s purpose is to drive innovation in New Zealand’s management of terrestrial biodiversity and land resources in order to both protect and enhance the terrestrial environment and grow New Zealand’s prosperity.

Marine Metre Squared
Hatchery Road Portobello, Dunedin, 9014
Students participate and contribute to the Mm2 project by monitoring a 1m x 1m square patch of your local shore once every season. All they need to do is count the animals and plants found and record them on a data sheet that can be uploaded to the web site. The is the prefect project for schools looking for ways to engage with and improve their local environment

Marine Science Extention Programmes
NZ Marine Science University of Otago Hatchery Road, Portobello, Dunedin 9014
The Gifted and Talented Programmes aim to give a challenging hands-on experience based on the theme “Making sense of the marine world aids survival and enriches lives”. The schedule begins with activities that challenge students’ ideas, develop skills in instrument use and experimental design. Over the subsequent days practical investigations are designed, carried out and reported on by small research teams under the guidance and mentoring of a Marine Science post-graduate students.

Marine Science: Primary
NZ Marine Studies Centre (University of Otago) Hatchery Road, Portobello, Dunedin 9014
Primary programmes at the NZ Marine Studies Centre use the marine context to champion science learning for both primary students and teachers. The NZMSC provides an authentic science learning environment where primary students work in a laboratory setting with microscopes and other scientific equipment and have access to the seashore, live animals and science specialists. The programmes link to The NZ Curriculum and focus on the Nature of Science strand. They focus on marine food webs (e.g. Supper in the Sea), marine habitats (Seashore Scramble, Deep Sea Denizens), adaptations (Creature Features, Sharks Inside and Out), unique species (Suckers and Tentacles)

Marine Science (Secondary)
NZ Marine Studies Centre (University of Otago) Hatchery Road, Portobello, Dunedin 9014
Secondary programmes at the NZ Marine Studies Centre (NZMSC) use the marine context and practical hands-on experiences to enhance science learning for students and assist secondary teachers to meet curriculum and NCEA achievement standards. The NZMSC provides a laboratory setting with access to marine habitats, scientific equipment, seawater tanks, as well as live animals. Specialist educators guide and support students in carrying out a practical investigation in a Biological context (Small Animal Study, Bio 3.1), in hands-on exploration and data gathering in support of Investigating patterns in the environment (Intertidal Investigation, Bio 2.6), understanding structure and function through observation of live animals and dissections (Diversity in Form and Function, Bio 2.5) . Other areas include animal behaviours and biological clocks (Bio 3.3), evolution (Bio 3.5), and earth science

Otago Museum
419 Great King Street Dunedin 9016
On site educational learning experiences; Outreach in-school education learning experiences; Onsite interactive science centre exhibits and related learning experiences; Science shows and workshops; Science-based sleepover experiences; Afterschool science clubs; Professional development workshops

Otago University Advanced School Sciences Academy (OUASSA)
MacIntosh House, 680 Cumberland Street, Dunedin 9054
A year-long programme for 50 potentially high achieving Year 13 science students from rural/provincial, and/or small, and/or lower decile schools across New Zealand.

Pioneer Generation Ltd
11 Ellis St Alexandra
Learn about: power generation, concrete arch dams, roller compacted dams, how a hydro station produces electricity or about wind generation
Taiaroa Head, Otago Peninsula, Dunedin
This is the only place in NZ where students can view a breeding colony of Northern Royal Albatross and other seabirds (eg.Blue Penguins, Spotted and Stewart Island Shags, Sooty Shearwaters, Red Billed Gulls). Science programmes focus on seabird behaviour, conservation management, human impact and flight for both primary and secondary groups. Students activity engage with science research to track albatross movement, conservation activities like planting for penguins, and action to reduce the problem with plastic for seabirds.

Science Fair Squad
Division of Sciences, Union Court, 85 Union Place West, Dunedin
Squad of graduate and post-graduate students to help engage school pupils in Science Fair activities. Questions, methods, data collection and display etc

Sinclair Wetlands
854 Berwick Road
Opportunities for schools to visit Sinclair Wetlands, to gain a first hand understanding of the importance of wetlands and what we are doing to enhance and protect Sinclair Wetlands.

Sir Paul Callaghan Science Academy Unit 5c, 33 Kaiwharawhara Rd, Thorndon, Wellington 6035
The Sir Paul Callaghan Science Academy (The Academy) is an intensive four day professional development programme that provides a forum for exchange, encouragement and dissemination of “best practice” primary science teaching.

The Science Roadshow
Unit 5c, 33 Kaiwharawhara Rd, Thorndon, Wellington 6035
The Science Roadshow programme is an interactive, hands-on science programme that visits schools throughout New Zealand on an annual basis
Te Rangatahi Ltd
90 Ravelston Street
Our main focus is PLD for educators of Maori learners in mainstream settings
Te Reo Rakatahi i Otago
121 Grimness Street, Karitane
Marae based learning, with an emphasis on te ao Maori.
Totara Estate and Clarks Mill
Alma-Maheno Road, Oamaru
On site at Totara Estate and Clarks Mill. We have an interactive programme at each site. At Totara we have a series on hands on activities which cover topics such as early meat refrigeration and transport, changes in farming technology, life on the Victorian farm, Victorian food production such as butter making and nome-made Victorian games. At Clarks Mill we tour the 1866 flour mill and view the technology from mill stones to roller milling and from water power to electricity. We have hands on activites which show how flour is milled, how flour bags are made and what food is made using flour.

University of Otago Department of Geology Department of Geology,
University of Otago, 360 Leith Walk, Dunedin 9016
There is a Geology Museum in our department, containing a fantastic collection of fossils, minerals, and rocks. A particular highlight are vertebrate (whale, giant penguin) fossils, and the ability to view active research being undertaken in the adjacent fossil preparation lab
University of Otago Physics Outreach
Department of Physics University of Otago, First Floor, Science 3 Building, 730 Cumberland Street, Dunedin 9016
Visits to primary and intermediate schools involve hands-on activities and discussion. Visits to the department can involve hands-on activities, tours of research labs and talks by staff.

Vanished World Inc
7 Campbell St ,SH83 ,Duntroon ,North Otago
Centre tours with an interactive focus on Geology and Fossils
Waitaki Resource Recovery Trust
42 Chelmer St, Oamaru
On-site tours showing resource recovery, recycling, reuse, greenwaste and rubbish.Students are encouraged to bring recyclables which we will sort and explain what happens to them, where they go and what they are made into.Students are given to opportunity to put their hands into compost to discover the heat process involved.
In the shop we discuss reuse and resale of items destined for the landfill


If you have a quality science education programme in Otago and wish to be added please email: for an invitation.