Wherever you are in the country, get involved in these annual conservation awareness events.

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World Wetlands Day

2 February each year

World Wetlands Day marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971. This is an international date with a different theme set each year by the Ramsar Secretariat.


25 February– 5 March 2017

Seaweek is a national celebration of our marine environment.


Whio Awareness Month


Whio Awareness Month is always a busy month promoting awareness of this iconic duck.

World Wildlife Day

3 March each year

World Wildlife Day is a global celebration of wildlife and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).


Arbor Day

5 June each year

Arbor Day is about inspiring people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. It is celebrated by countries all over the world. To celebrate Arbor Day you could:

World Environment Day

5 June each year

World Environment Day is an international United Nations event that creates awareness of the environment and encourages political attention and action.

National Volunteer Week

18–24 June 2017

National Volunteer Week is New Zealand's largest celebration of volunteering and civic participation.

Annual garden bird survey

June-July each year

The annual garden bird survey is a citizen science project established to monitor the population trends of common garden birds in New Zealand.


Mental Health Awareness Week

9–15 October 2017

Connecting with nature is good for mental health and wellbeing. Find out how to connect during Mental Health Awareness Week and on World Mental Health Day (Tuesday 10 October).

Conservation Week

14–22 October 2017

Conservation Week is run by DOC each year to raise awareness of the benefits of conservation and encourage people to get involved.

Save Kiwi Month


During Save Kiwi Month all New Zealanders are urged to join the fight to save our national icon.

International Decade of Biodiversity


The United Nations decade on biodiversity is from 2011–2020.

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