To develop a "Living Laboratory" that focuses on both learning and research as practised by Dr Leonard Cockayne (1885 - ).
Develop partnerships with:
- Other government organisations (for example Environment Canterbury, Department of Conservation, Ministry of Fisheries, Fish and Games Council)
- Research institutions (for example Landcare Research, the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research - NIWA)
- Tertiary institutions (for example Lincoln and Canterbury Universities, Christchurch Polytechnic, Christchurch College of Education)
- Schools and young peoples organisations
- Community groups and volunteers
- Establish an inclusive working party to oversee the development and implementation of a research and learning programme.
Develop an on-site research centre through the acquisition and development of a building that can provide:
- Laboratory suitable for analysis of results
- Facilities for class and student visits
- Interpretation facilities
- Plant nursery
- Develop a common accessible source of information that contains electronic databases of information and a geographic information system (GIS) that is regularly updated.
Develop a website that:
- Promotes the Living Laboratory, its concept and how to get involved
- Provides easy access to data and reports
- Provides on-line learning activities for students prior to, and after, visiting the Styx area
- Promotes student projects, thoughts and ideas
- Encourages enquiry and discussion
- Develop joint projects with communities in other areas to compare and contrast the Styx River and its environs with other ecosystems.