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Take your classroom outside

Take your classroom outside

Updated 23 October 2018 8:48am

Battle Hill Farm Forest Park is a working farm, not a display farm. With its wide range of habitat and environments, children and adults have the opportunity to learn with hands on experience. Educational groups are always welcome. If you are interested in knowing more please contact the Park Ranger.

Areas of interest

  • Pastoral farmland and farming operations
  • Large scale forestry block
  • Woodlot plantings
  • Riparian (streamside) plantings
  • Native bush reserve
  • Areas of naturally regenerating bush of varying ages
  • Restored wetlands
  • Seepage plantings catching nitrate runoff from grazing
  • Historic NZ wars battle site
  • Small historic graveyard

Facilities include:

  • the Ken Gray Education Centre. Located inside the large working woolshed, it includes a mezzanine floor serving as both a classroom with whiteboard and a viewing area over the shearing stands. The wheelchair access ramp also provides excellent viewing over the sheep yards.
  • wheelchair accessible toilets
  • indoor eating area
  • drinking water
  • camping in flat sheltered spots with full vehicle access; and toilets and drinking water close by
  • concrete barbecue pads suitable for camp fires (subject to fire bans). A picnic or barbecue in the sheltered camp ground is a popular finale to school visits.