Te Taiao Whanau Day: Freshwater ways!

Drop in with the whānau

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and explore what’s in our freshwater ways through live field trips and e-DNA screening. Become a backyard kaitiaki

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, meet some of our scientists and industry experts, and learn how to collect specimens and examine them in our pop-up lab.

  • When | Āhea Sat 26 Jun 2021, 10.00am–4.00pm
  • Where | Ki hea
    Various locations throughout Te Papa
  • Cost | Te utu Free events


Make your own freshwater sampling kit

Are you a budding scientist? Just by using toilet rolls, rubber bands and whatever is around the whare (house), you can make your own equipment to help you on future field trips. Come along and get started.
Sat 26 Jun, 10:30am
Bush city, Amphitheatre, Red Gates

(Wet weather will be Bush City kiosk and Te Taiao, Level 2)

Bush City field trip

Rain or Shine, Join our Entomologist (insect scientist) Dr Julia on our very own collecting field trip in and around Bush City. We will have a pop up lab that you can get your specimens tested
Sat 26 Jun, 11am–12pm and 1pm–2pm
Bush city, Amphitheatre, Red Gates

Out and About field trips

Partnering up with Mountain to Sea Wellington, book into one of their collecting field trips and then bring in your specimens to be tested in our pop-up lab.
Please pre-register for the Mountains to Sea Otari–Wilton field trip
Sun 20 and 26 Jun (session times in link)​​​​

e–DNA: Life under a microscope

Check out the Environmental Protection Authority pop-up booth and learn about what life forms have waded, or are wading through our waters. Take part in the Wheel of Life competition and be in the draw for a spot prize.
Wellington Foyer, Level 2

Insect Friends Arts & Craft

Throughout the day get creative at our drop-in crafts station and create your own unique specimen as your insect friend, write a profile about it, have it displayed in our pop-up specimen cabinet, and walk away with a certificate of your finding from Te Papa's very own Entomologist (insect scientist) Julia Kasper.
Wellington Foyer, Level 2

A woman is looking at a child looking at a plant through a microscope. They are both wearing blue and the woman is smiling.


Te Taiao I Nature Whānau Day, 2019. Photo by Jo Moore. Te Papa (147089)