Nature Needs Us and Now is the Time to Take Action

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Conservation Week

The Bay of Plenty is leading the way for Conservation Week 2019, with 26 events registered for people of all ages to get involved and care for our nature.

This year we are celebrating 50 years of Conservation Week, and it is running from 14 – 22 September 2019. You and your family can make a difference by joining in to celebrate, educate, participate and enjoy our unique nature.

Opportunity for Everyone

The Department of Conservation is impressed by the high number of conservation activities the community is leading. There is an opportunity for everyone to help us reverse the loss of biodiversity, restore habitat, and care for our oceans and waterways.

“Conservation Week activities make it easy for the public to learn about what’s in their backyard,” says DOC Community Ranger Nataalia Lunson, “and every learning level is catered for.”

Conservation Week Events

Just some of the events include family-friendly guided walks with Bay Conservation Alliance, Western Bay Wildlife Trust, DOC and Te Puke Forest and Bird. Conservation Dogs Sassy and Maia who sniff out animal pests like rats will be visiting classrooms at Tauranga Intermediate and Pillians point.

Toi Ohomai is putting on a sustainability market raising awareness of sustainable materials and decreasing waste. There is even a chance for teachers to see what resources are available to help them deliver conservation in the classroom.

For the more ‘hands-on’ folk there are events planned to help improve tracks, planting trees even making sandcastles at Envirohub’s Sustainable Blue Backyard. Look out for awesome prizes to be won!

Lunson explains, “We can’t take our beautiful beaches and forests for granted. Our little blue penguins, petrels, kokako, kiwi, bittern, kauri and even the New Zealand myrtle tree, the pohutakawa are just a few local species that need our help.”

So come on Bay of Plenty, nature needs us! To find an event near you check out the events calendar here.

DOC thanks all the contributors, artists, communities, locals and business that have donated sponsorship and time to celebrate Conservation Week.