Tread Lightly Caravan

The Tread Lightly Caravan (TLC) is a mobile environmental classroom which visits primary and intermediate schools in the Auckland region.

Through the use of fun interactive exhibits and activities, the TLC experience inspires students to live more environmentally responsible lifestyles. The TLC shows students how every day choices in an urban context (what we buy, how we travel, what we eat, how we use energy in our homes) can make a huge difference to our natural environment.

'Great facilitators running this programme. Extremely easy to welcome into our school and we thoroughly appreciated their expertise. The programme was run very smoothly and delivered very professionally. Thank you!'
- Waiau Pa Primary School, May 2017

Years 0-2 - 40/50mins = $5 each (inc gst)

Years 3-8 - 90 mins = $7 each (inc gst)


  • My Environmental Footprint

    Students use a computer touchscreen to answer simple questions about their lifestyles (e.g. what is in their lunch box, how they get to school). The result is expressed as the number of earths needed if everyone used the same amount of resources the children are currently using.

  • Waste, recycling and litter

    The reasons why people litter and affects of littering on the environment are investigated and the composition of different materials that allow them to be recycled. The slice of waste exhibit allows students see the decomposition rate of different types of waste in a landfill

  • Energy

    Students pedal a real exercycle or wind a hand generator to generate their own electricity to raise their awareness of electricity and the amount of energy used by different appliances commonly found in their homes.

  • Video Microscope

    Students use a video microscope to get a closer look at nature. Students look at bees, other pollinators and flowers under the microscope to understand the role that pollinators play in an ecosystem

  • Geckos and Vines

    Students play a life size version of Snakes and Ladders, answering environmental and conservation based questions to move through the game. This exhibit is a fun way to raise students' awareness of ecological issues in New Zealand.

  • Stormwater

    Students investigate how our use of water affects animals and organisms living in streams, with a special focus on stormwater, pollutants and litter.

  • E waste

    Students learn all about the environmental impacts created during the lifecycle of a mobile phone, and other electronics, and how to minimise their effects.


  • '“Fantastic hands-on activities that kept children engaged for an hour and a half. Highly topical and very important life skills for the children to be learning, showed them how they can make a positive contribution to the world we all live in. Educators were fantastic.”'
    - Epsom Normal Primary March 2014
  • '“The hands-on aspect was great. The kids really enjoyed it. The planning and organisation was really good. Printing of the photos was a great bonus.”'
    - Wakaaranga School 2017

Request a Booking

This is the availability for the Tread Lightly Caravan. If you would like to book the programme for your school, please fill out the form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible. See calendar for up to date booking availability.

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Additional Desired Activities

Tread Lightly Caravan

  • Foundation North
  • Lotto NZ
  • Auckland Council
  • Visy
  • Kings Plant Barn
  • NZ Steel
  • The Packaging Forum
  • Pub Charity Limited
  • Auckland Towing
  • Puketapapa Local Board
  • Benefitz

Supporters of The Tread Lightly Caravan

The Tread Lightly Charitable Trust would like to thank Foundation North for being our major supporter again in 2019.

Also to

  • Auckland Council and the Lottery Grants Board for overall support
  • New Zealand Steel for being the major supporter of the Tread Lightly Pledge Project in 2019
  • Kings Plant Barn for supporting our video microscope and Great Vegie Project in 2019
  • Visy and the Packaging Forum for supporting our Waste and Litter Activity
  • Pub Charity and Sargood Bequest for supporting the major upgrade the Tread Lightly Caravan in 2019
  • the Puketapapa Local Board for their support of our special Healthy Waterways programme in the Puketapapa area in 2018-19
  • And to Benefitz, Auckland Towing and many, many others that are supporting the Tread Lightly Caravan in 2019