Volunteer with DOC
Volunteers play a vital role in conservation in New Zealand. You can make a difference while gaining new skills, getting fit and meeting new friends.
Support a conservation group
There are hundreds of conservation groups working all around the country. Many have large-scale restoration and biodiversity recovery as their aims, while others focus on a particular endangered species.
You can help through active participation or providing some administrative or financial help.
Find a conservation group near you.
Groups involved with albatross or seabird conservation
Royal cam is a great opportunity to engage kids in conservation. If your students have enjoyed watching Royal cam in the classroom, you might find the following teaching resources useful.
Activity: Observing a royal albatross/toroa
Use these student activities to support viewing the 'royal cam' .
View the royal albatross/toroa resource
Inquiry unit: Tāiko/black petrel and other seabirds
Students are introduced to the tāiko/black petrel and then extend their learning inquiry to investigate and research other seabirds: gannets/tākapu, little blue penguins/kororā and red-billed gulls/tarāpunga.
View the tāiko/black petrel resource
These factsheets offer students an opportunity to explore the lives of seabirds. There are also lesson plans for teachers.
View the seabirds factsheets
Meet the Locals videos and activities
This resource uses eight Meet the Locals videos where the focus is on the recovery and protection of five special birds: takahē, kākāpō, Chatham Island black robin, kōkako and northern royal albatross.
View the Meet the Locals resource
Inquiry unit: Investigating animal pests in your green space
Students are introduced to animal pests, then gather and interpret data about them, and identify and learn how they affect endemic and native plants and animals. They can begin to understand how animal pests have an impact on the environment and wider ecosystem.
View the animal pests resource
Inquiry unit: Experiencing birds in your green space
Students will gather and interpret data about birds living in a local green space, identify and learn about key native, endemic and introduced birds, and begin to understand how birds are part of a wider ecosystem.
View the birds resource
More education resources
We have many more education resources that support conservation teaching and learning, including a new 'In the environment' series.
View more conservation education resources.
Take action in your own backyard
Help New Zealand achieve a Predator Free 2050
Predator Free 2050 is an ambitious goal to rid New Zealand of the most damaging introduced predators that threaten our nation's natural taonga, our economy and primary sector.
You can take action by:
Kiwi Guardians actions for kids
Kiwi Guardian's is an activity programme for kids to learn about nature, earn cool rewards and go on family adventures. There are Kiwi Guardian sites you can visit all around the country, as well as actions kids can take in their own backyard.
Join the War on Weeds
Hundreds of invasive weeds are smothering our native forests, wetlands and coastal areas, harming our wildlife and transforming our natural landscapes.
To win this war we must all work together. We invite you to join with DOC and conservation groups nationwide to fight the War on Weeds.
Minimise the effects of climate change
Our native species and ecosystems are likely to experience a whole range of impacts as a result of climate change.
Climate change is happening now but we can start making a difference today. The actions every one of us takes can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the effects of climate change.
Choose sustainable seafood
Use Forest & Bird's Best Fish Guide to make sustainable seafood choices when you're at the supermarket or in a restaurant.