It’s National Volunteer Week and we’re honouring the selfless souls who volunteer for conservation—highlighting the diversity of conservation volunteers and volunteer opportunities around New Zealand.
Volunteers play a vital role in conservation in New Zealand. Here are some ideas for how you can be involved:
Record your nature sightings on NatureWatch. This could be anything from a native bird in your garden to an unusual insect.
Survey your shoreline with Marine Metre Squared, it’s an easy way for anyone to survey the plants and animals living on their local intertidal seashore.
Put on your gumboots and join in a day of native tree planting with your local community. Find out what’s happening near you on NatureSpace.
Organise a coastal clean-up. Rubbish on the coastline is unsightly and is a hazard for people and wildlife. Use the opportunity to advocate for waste minimisation in your local community.
Get involved in a conservation event near you.
Maintain DOC tracks, huts or historic sites and spend time in one of New Zealand’s incredible national parks.
Become a wildlife volunteer. Help DOC with wildlife management, surveying or monitoring.
Join a community conservation group. Many groups need help with administrative tasks and organising events.
Whether you have 15 minutes to spare, or a whole day, every minute counts.