Are you New Zealand’s most conservation-focused class? Squawk Squad has prizes up for grabs for Kiwi kids who demonstrate the importance of looking after our native birds.

The rapidly growing conservation start-up is looking to build on last year’s success, which saw 40,000 New Zealand students from over 800 schools sign up for Squawk Squad’s free digital education pack for Conservation Week 2017.

In the last week 25,000 kids have signed up already, and Squawk Squad is expecting many more to come on board, especially with the exciting new Virtual Reality (VR) twist to the popular digital education packs. This year Squawk Squad has partnered with the Department of Conservation and has introduced VR headsets to allow students to see our native birds up close and in action.

Squawk Squad is keen to bring awareness to the fact that many of the birds of Aotearoa are decreasing in number with each passing year. The Kiwi is decreasing at two per cent each year. There are only around 285 Takahē in existence and 160 Kākāpō, and our Yellow-eyed penguin is thought to be the rarest penguin in the world.

Last year, schools did all sorts of things to raise money and awareness to help New Zealand’s big goal of becoming predator free by 2050 to help save New Zealand’s native birds. One school sold veges from the school garden to raise money to sponsor traps, while another signed up their principal to sponsor traps as well.

As well as looking for more initiatives like this, and more kids to sign up, Squawk Squad is also looking for partnerships to help raise the necessary funds needed to help get more VR headsets out to more classrooms.

The first 500 classrooms signed up will receive FREE Google cardboard headset packs for their classroom. Sign up here.

To check out more about Squawk Squad or to get involved, visit here.

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