Awards to acknowledge community achievements in conservation and scholarships that DOC offers.


AUT scholarship

We fund this scholarship to encourage postgraduate research in conservation Science at Auckland University of Technology.

The purpose of the scholarship is to assist postgraduate students, at a suitable stage in the development of their career, to undertake research in conservation science at the School of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences at AUT.

Read more about the AUT scholarship

Outward Bound scholarships

We're offering scholarships for Outward Bound adventure courses to say thank you to the young people protecting our nature and our natural places.

He karahipi mō ngā akoranga o Reia te Moana e wātea ana ki te hunga taiohi. He whakamihi tēnei ki te hunga taiohi tūao e tiaki ana i te taiao me ō tātou tohu whenua.

Read more about Outward Bound scholarships


Wild Creations

Wild Creations is a collaboration between DOC and Creative New Zealand that gives New Zealand artists the chance to be inspired by our unique natural and historic heritage.

Read more about Wild Creations.

WWF Conservation Innovation Awards

Bright ideas for nature: Conservation innovation award.

WWF-New Zealand wants game-changing ideas that will change the face of conservation. Enter your big, bold ideas into the Conservation Innovation Awards.

A prize of $25,000 will be awarded to each of the three winners. The 2017 awards include categories on engaging young people and communities, and helping rid New Zealand of mammalian pests and reach the Predator Free 2050 goal.

Entries for 2017 are now closed.

Loder Cup

The Minister of Conservation awards the Loder Cup for outstanding achievements in plant conservation work in New Zealand.

Read more about the Loder Cup and winners since 1929

Green Ribbon logo.

Green Ribbon Awards

These awards recognise outstanding contributions by individuals, communities and organisations to protect and manage New Zealand’s environment. The Green Ribbon Awards are jointly hosted by the Ministry for the Environment and DOC. 

Read more about the Green Ribbon Awards including the stories of the 2017 winners and finalists.

Toroa Award

Toroa Award.

This award is open to all schools and youth groups in Coastal Otago area, and recognises the work of students who engage their community in an environmental project.

Winners receive the Toroa Award trophy and a financial grant to help develop their project. All finalists receive a DOC ranger visit to support their environmental programmes.

It's a joint award presented by the Otago Peninsula Trust and DOC. It aims to:

  • acknowledge the good work that students are doing for conservation
  • encourage other students/classes/groups/schools to get more involved in conservation
  • encourage schools and youth groups to become actively involved with their community, contribute to the well-being of New Zealand, and explore future-focused issues like sustainability and conservation.

The Toroa Award is open to all schools and youth groups (Year 1-13 and early childhood centres) in Coastal Otago (which is Dunedin City, Clutha District, and Waitaki District south of Waitaki River and inland to Duntroon).

Otago Conservation Awards

These awards recognise deserving individuals or groups who volunteer their time to help protect species, or natural or historic features, or enhance recreational opportunities, through hands-on or advocacy roles.

The six finalists (three from Coastal Otago and three from Inland Otago), as judged by the Otago Conservation Board, are publicised during Conservation Week in November. The winners are announced at the Conservation Award evenings held during Conservation Week.

Winners receive a trophy but there is no monetary reward associated with these awards.

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