Celebrating Conservation Week around the country

Department of Conservation —  27/09/2018 — Leave a comment

Thousands of New Zealanders took up the challenge this Conservation Week and got involved in protecting our native flora, fauna, marine and freshwater spaces! From tree plantings to beach cleanups, here is a small snapshot of what went on around the country last week.

Our younger generation took to Conservation Week with great gusto!

Mangonui School put in some epic mahi to plant 150 native trees in Mangonui, Northland.

Year 10 students from Epsom Girls’ Grammar School organised a beach clean up on Great Barrier Island.

While schoolkids targeted litter in Tauranga…

Our 2017 #ConservationWeek competition winners, the Parker family, were busy building weta hotels, setting traps and taking part in Toyota Kiwi Guardian events during the week! Read about their adventures to Stewart Island/Rakiura and Ulva/Te Wharawhara Island published earlier in the year here.

Waipu Primary kids made posters aimed at beach users in the Waipu Wildlife Refuge. They winners got to spend the day out with our local fairy tern ranger and volunteers learning about bird monitoring and predator trapping. They also got to put their posters up along the walkway for everyone to read.

Waipu Primary kids made posters aimed at beach users in the Waipu Wildlife Refuge.


Communities were getting involved too!

Manuka Beatification Charitable Trust had a team of volunteers planting 450 native trees along the Puhinui Stream!

While a community of naturalists recorded thousands of different species during the week!

It was creative…

and thoughtful…

and included backyard botany…

and testing your weed knowledge!

It benefited our wetlands…

And our beaches…

It removed things from our environment that shouldn’t be there…

and planted things that should…

All in all Conservation Week was a huge success! Thank you for being a part of our big week for 2018! We couldn’t have done it without you.

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