Environment and Biodiversity Courses

TERM 1 CLASSES BEGIN THE WEEK OF MONDAY 14 FEBRUARY 2022.

NEW 2022 TERM 1 ENVIRONMENT & BIODIVERSITY COURSES: EarthDiverse is exceptionally please to announce three new Term 1 courses in our Environment, Natural History and Biodiversity series.

 • ENV101: The Origins of Life and Evolution with Jaber Abbaszadeh

 • ENV210: Wetland Restoration Seminar in partnership with GoEco:

  • Wed 16 Feb: Wetlands: Education and Advocacy with Karen Denyer
  • Wed 2 March: eDNA 101 with Bruno David
  • Wed 16 March: Wetlands Help: Managing Farm Nutrient Losses with Chris Tanner
  • Wed 30th March: Te Reo o te Repo: Ruru & Kawau: Whakapapa/ecology in relation to the Waikato River system with Cheri van Schravendijk-Goodman and Te Atihaunui-a-Pāpārangi (Ngāti Apa, Ngāti Rangi, Dutch)

New Environment, Natural History and Biodiversity courses introduced throughout 2022!

Photos by George Lusty.

Environment, Natural History and Biodiversity Courses:

In this introductory science course, we’ll travel back in time and think about the birth of our planet and the pre-life chemical interactions that gave rise to life. Then, we’ll touch on basic concepts in biology and evolution. This course is suitable to high school students and older.

NEW 2022 Term 1 course!

OFFERED: 2022 Term 1. Meets Wednesdays 6:00-7:00pm beginning 16 February 2022.

For centuries, we have been fascinated by the lives of birds. Starting in antiquity and ending in the present day, this course explores how humans around the globe have fallen in love with, studied, and changed the world of our feathered friends, and how they, in turn, have changed us.  We will look at birds in religion, myth and the arts, the rise of the natural historians, conservationists and bird-watchers, the role of birds in 20th century statehood, and finally the history of avian domestication.

This course is a part of our Junior Lecturer series.

NEXT OFFERED: This course will be offered again in 2022 Term 3, beginning the week of 1 August 2022.

Climate is complex. This course provides participants with the background necessary to make sense of the news and to understand the science behind the climate change debate. We’ll also discuss how climate change deniers and conspiracy theorists use facts to undermine the truth of our current situation here on Planet Earth.

New 2022 Term 1 course!

OFFERED: 2022 Term 1. Course meets Thursdays 6:00-7:00pm beginning 17 February, for 6 weekly one-hour sessions.

If you want to find out more about how to restore your local piece of native forest, then this course is for you. This series of 8 classes explores the background and methodology of native forest restoration in the Hamilton and Waikato areas. Local plants, animals, environmental zones and forest restoration methods will be discussed. There will be a field trip including theoretical and practical experience.

LAST OFFERED: 2021 Terms 3 & 4

NEXT OFFERED: 2022

  • 2022 Term 3, beginning Tuesday 2 August 2022, 10:00am-12:00pm
  • 2022 Term 4, beginning Tuesday 18 October 2022, 6:00-8:00pm

ENV204: “Practical Native Forest Restoration” with George Lusty

If you want to gain more practical skills on how to restore your local piece of native forest, then this course is for you. This series of 8 excursions explores the background and methodology of native forest restoration in specific Hamilton gullies. Local plants, animals, environmental zones and forest restoration methods will be discussed. There will be eight field trips including theoretical and practical experience.

NEW 2022 TERM 2 COURSE!

This course meets on Tuesday mornings from 10:00am to 12:00pm for eight consecutive weeks. The first class meets Tuesday 10 May and the last class meets Tuesday 28 June.

ENV210: “Wetland Restoration Seminar”

NEW 2022 TERM 1 COURSE!

Our new Environmental Restoration seminar series focusing this Term on Wetlands will take place on Wednesday nights for four sessions, meeting biweekly, beginning Wed 17 February 2022, 7:30-8:30pm with the following topics:

  • Wed 16 Feb: Wetlands: Education and Advocacy with Karen Denyer
  • Wed 2 March: eDNA 101 with Bruno David
  • Wed 16 March: Wetlands Help: Managing Farm Nutrient Losses with Chris Tanner
  • Wed 30th March: Te Reo o te Repo: Ruru & Kawau: Whakapapa/ecology in relation to the Waikato River system with Cheri van Schravendijk-Goodman and Te Atihaunui-a-Pāpārangi (Ngāti Apa, Ngāti Rangi, Dutch)

ENV304: “Astronomy: The New Zealand Night Sky” with Ian Transom

This course will be offered in 2022. Details soon.

More courses ranging from Astronomy to Zoology coming in 2022!

General Information:

For more detailed information on each series or course, when offered, class times and locations, and course fees and registration) click on the appropriate links to courses listed above.

If the course you are interested in is not currently being taught, rest assured that it will be again in the future as we continuously add new courses and rotate previously taught courses. Please contact us if you are an experienced teacher and wish to teach a short course in environment, natural history and biodiversity in the future.

SOME NOTES ON OUR ENVIRONMENTAL COURSE OFFERINGS:

  • All classes are taught from an objective point of view. These are courses about Aotearoa New Zealand Natural History, designed to increase our understanding of the wonderful biodiversity that surrounds us..
  • Any Term can be taken independently of the others, and there are no prerequisites for any of our Term courses.
  • All classes encourage questions and group discussion. There are no assignments, required readings, quizzes, tests or exams.
  • PDF copies of each class presentation are emailed to all participants the next day so that you are free to focus on class content rather than taking notes. You are most welcome to come, sit back, relax, take part in your learning and enjoy the discussions!
  • Course fees include a short tea/coffee/snack break in the middle of each session.
  • Some courses in this series include field trips and excursions. Please check the course page for details.
  • There are no refunds for missed classes.
  • Guests of registered participants are welcome to attend a single class at no charge.
  • Certificates of Completion for any particular Term Course or Series are available for Professional Development purposes upon request at the end of each Term or Series.

2022 TERM DATES & CLASS LOCATIONS:

  • Term 1: begins the week on Mon 14 Feb, and ends Fri 8 Apr 2022
  • Term 2: begins the week of Mon 9 May, and ends Fri 1 Jul 2022
  • Term 3: begins the week of Mon 1 Aug, and ends Fri 23 Sep 2022
  • Term 4: begins the week of Mon 17 Oct, and ends Fri 9 Dec 2022

LOCATION: All in-person classes are held at the EarthDiverse offices and classrooms located at 401 Anglesea Street, Hamilton Central, Hamilton (located just north of the Hamilton Central Bus Station) (entrance is located on the side of the building, see map below). Those looking for parking for our evening classes can park just in front of the building in any of the available car parks. Daytime parking can be found in our dedicated car parks, or free 2-hour on-street daytime parking can be found just in front on Anglesea Street.

TERM COST PER COURSE:

HAMILTON & DISTANCE-LEARNING COURSES (8-week Terms):

  • Waged: NZ$150 per person per term (includes GST + online registration fee)
  • Unwaged/Student/Senior: NZ$125 per person per term (includes GST + online registration fee)

DISTANCE-LEARNING:

In addition to our regular in-person classes offered in Hamilton, we offer ‘Distance Learning’ options for all of our courses. These on-line live-streaming distance-learning options are offered via free Zoom software. Distance-learning options have been added for those living outside the Waikato or for those unable to attend our in-person classes in Hamilton. If you are a Distance-Learner you have the option of joining our regular live classroom sessions via Zoom at the regularly scheduled class time, or you can watch a video-recording of the Zoom classroom session at your leisure and study at your own pace.

Your instructor will send you instructions once you have registered for your course.

TO REGISTER:

Select the appropriate course link above, which will take you to the page for that particular course. Read the details for that course, and if you’d like to register, click on the blue “Register” button which will take you to Registration and Payment pages where you can securely enter in your payment details. A receipt will automatically be generated for you.