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Active Earth Outreach

Bring Te Papa to your school! In this programme, Te Papa educators will come to your school with handling objects and interactive, hands-on activities to learn about plate tectonics, earthquakes, and volcanoes.

  • Learning areas and strands Science, Maths, Social Sciences
  • Education type Education visit
  • Duration 60 minutes
  • Suitable for Years 1–8
  • Cost Free* for Term 1. $80 per class from Term 2 onwards

Each class spends one hour with our educators, your students will:

  • explore the layers of our Earth
  • piece together tectonic plates
  • handle different volcanic rocks from Aotearoa New Zealand and learn how they are created and their traditional uses
  • learn how to read a seismograph and map the epicentre of an earthquake.


*Contact us to see if you are eligible for a free programme.

Children interact with representations of tectonic plates


Students learning about tectonic plates, 2012. Photo by Kate Whitley. Te Papa