Eye on Nature Creative Arts

Saturday 1 - Sunday 16 October, 2022

Teaching tamariki to love the environment through art!


Eye on Nature Creative Arts is the Beautification Trust's annual art competition for South and East Auckland kindergarten and primary school students.


Students are challenged to create art around the Eye on Nature 2022 theme, Incredible Kai, making use of sustainable materials and re-purposed waste.

The judges assess the artworks based on their interpretation of the theme, use of materials, the artist’s statement about their work, originality, innovation, construction and effort. The winning schools and kindergartens are awarded cash prizes and art supply vouchers, with a total prize pool worth $2,550!

All entries will be displayed in the professional exhibition space at the Auckland Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre during the October school holidays.

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Enter the competition

Eye on Nature Creative Arts is open to South and East Auckland kindergartens and primary schools.

Home schooled students or students entering independently of their school are also welcome to enter.

There is no cost to enter. We believe all children should have access to environmental and sustainability education, so participation in this programme is free of charge.

Entries are open now and close on Wednesday 14 September 2022.

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Information pack

Read about how to get involved and the judging criteria.


Incredible Kai resources

A library of resources for teaching and learning about the theme, Incredible Kai.


Entry form

Use our online form to submit your entries. Entries close Wednesday 14 September.

  • Eye on Nature Creative Arts Exhibition
    01 Oct, 12:00 pm – 16 Oct, 4:30 pm
    Auckland Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre, 102 Hill Road, Manurewa, Auckland 2105, New Zealand
    Experience the crafty creativity of our tamariki at the free Eye on Nature Creative Arts Exhibition these school holidays!

Incredible Kai

Every year we have a different theme. Our Eye on Nature theme for 2022 is Incredible Kai.

Not only does kai (food) nourish us and keep our bodies healthy, but our relationship with kai also affects the health of the planet. Food security and sustainability are becoming increasingly important on our collective journey to a greener future.

Understanding where kai comes from, how it gets to the table and what happens with food scraps helps us deepen our personal relationship with nature. Kai is also an amazing social connector which brings communities and whānau together.

Throughout Eye on Nature 2022, tamariki and whānau will learn more about...



How nature creates kai from animals and plants



Nutrition and the role of kai in ecosystems



How kai gets from place to place


Waste & Recycling

‘Rot’ to do with food scraps and packaging?


Eye on Nature

The Beautification Trust's signature environmental education programme.


Activities & Resources

Fun learning activities and resources for tamariki at school and at home.


Partner with us

Be part of Eye on Nature and inspire the next generation of kaitiaki.