About us

The Tread Lightly Charitable Trust was established in 2007 with the vision to 'Inspire New Zealanders to live sustainably'.
Watch our video here: Tread Lightly - what we do!

Tread Lightly offers award-winning environmental education programmes to primary and intermediate schools across Auckland Tāmaki Makaurau via the Tread Lightly Caravan and the Drain Game.

These mobile classrooms carry high-impact interactive exhibits that are used to show children (tamariki) and their extended families (whanau) that small changes in their everyday lives can help to minimise pollution, save resources and protect the environment.

The Tread Lightly Caravan's focus is on sustainable living in urban areas. The Drain Game's focus is on healthy waterways.

Over the past 15 years, the Tread Lightly Caravan and Drain Game have completed around 300 Auckland school visits and more than 80,000 school children have attended TLC programmes.

As part of the TLC experience, students make pledges to reduce their environmental footprint and involve their whanau in implementing them.

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  • 'The caravan was well run and very organised. There was no down time and the organisers stuck to their timing. Each activity was different and covered a different aspect of sustainability which was great.'
    - Drury Primary School
  • 'Just wanted to say a huge thank you to you and your team of excellent teachers who did a fantastic job with the caravan and our students at both the Golflands Campus and Botany Campus. It was an excellent way to start our inquiry into sustainability and our Elim value of Respect for God’s World. You gave the students heaps of ideas and opened their thinking to a huge range of ideas around looking after our environment, climate change, recycling, renewable energy etc etc. Thank you for this great educational resource you provide to schools in Auckland'
    - Elim Christian College