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).
International Day for Biological Diversity
The UN's International Day for Biological Diversity is to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.
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.
World Ranger Day
31 July each year
World Ranger Day is a chance to celebrate our hard-working rangers, and remember former rangers.
Find out what DOC are doing to celebrate in 2017.
Mental Health Awareness Week
9–15 October 2017
Mental Health Awareness Week is about connecting with nature is good for mental health and wellbeing. This ties in with World Mental Health Day on Tuesday 10 October.
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
Save Kiwi Month urges all New Zealanders to join the fight to save our national icon.
International Decade of Biodiversity
The United Nations decade on biodiversity is from 2011–2020.