Physical and behavioural changes over time to fit new environments or conditions.
An exciting or unusual experience that may involve some level of risk and have an uncertain outcome.
Many different types of plants and animals.
The entire area from which drainage water is received by a body of water such as a river or swamp.
The study of living things in relation to each other and to where they live.
A community of organisms together with the environment that they inhabit and depend on.
The height in metres above mean sea level.
A group of animals that is declining in numbers and may become extinct soon.
Plants and animals that live only in New Zealand.
A journey or voyage undertaken for a specific purpose or goal with no certain outcome.
An area of land used to grow crops and/or raise lifestock.
Animals of a particular area.
Plants of a particular area.
An arrangement of organisms in a community according to which organism is eaten or eats another. Food chains always start with a plant (or plants).
A system of food chains linked to one another.
Water found beneath the surface of the land.
Living place of plant or animal.
The physical, mental and emotional, social, and spiritual dimensions of well-being.
Going on long walks in the countryside.
A form which is filled out to inform people of where in the outdoors you are going and when you are expected to return so a rescue can be organised if you do not return.
Lying between mountains.
Brought into the New Zealand environment.
Any animal that does not have a spinal cord at any stage of its life such as worms, insects, spiders, crustaceans and molluscs.
New Zealand’s native species have been decimated by the introduction of a variety of predatory mammals including rats, cats, possums and stoats.
A seasonal journey from one region to another.
Stoats, ferrets and weasels.
A reserve of natural land owned by the government set aside for environmental protection and recreation.
Found naturally in one country but may also be found naturally in other countries e.g. fantails are found in New Zealand but also in Australia.
How an organism makes a living. It describes things such as an organism's life history, its habitat, its position in a food chain and food web and its geographic range. No two species can occupy the same niche in the same environment for a long time.
Elements or compounds essential as raw materials to sustain life.
Personal Locator Beacon (PLB)
A device used to transmit an emergency distress signal which allows people to be located using GPS co-ordinates so they can be rescued.
The presence of unwanted matter or energy (heat, noise, etc.) that have harmful effects on living or non-living matter.
The area above the treeline but below the alpine rocky zone where very little grows.
Using natural resources without destroying the ecological balance of an area.
The New Zealand term for hiking.
Animals with backbones.
A measure of how cold it feels when the affect of the wind is taken into account.