Conservation Week started in 1969, with DOC leading the campaign from 1987.


It's a national celebration that encourages people to get involved in nature and help to take care of it.

Conservation Week 2019

DOC's 50th Conservation Week will be held during 14–22 September 2019.


Conservation Week events are organised across the country. These provide opportunities to join in, get active and show your love for our nature. They also showcase the special species, features, and people involved with particular places; the historical and cultural information about the area; and the steps you can take to contribute towards conservation at the site or back in in your own backyard.

Other groups, businesses, councils and agencies are encouraged to join in with their own events and activities as part of Conservation Week.


Each year we produce resources such as banners and posters that you can use to help us spread the word.

History of Conservation Week

Conservation booklet from 1983. Conservation Week stickers from 1986. Conservation Week 1992 poster.
From left to right, the cover of a 1983 resource, stickers from 1986, and a 1992 campaign brochure

The New Zealand Scout Association originally kicked off Conservation Week for New Zealand in 1969. The Nature Conservation Council then had a turn at running the campaign, while other organisations like the Post Office Savings Bank, Caltex Oil NZ, and The Todd Foundation came to the party with educational resources. 

Famous artists like Friedensreich Hundertwasser and Don Binney have contributed their art for previous campaigns—you can check out some posters of the past on the Conservation blog.

When the Department of Conservation was formed in 1987 it took over the Conservation Week duties, and has since worked with other groups, businesses, councils and agencies to make it all happen.

Conservation Week 2018

Conservation Week 2018 artwork
Conservation Week 2018 artwork

"Conservation Week is calling" 15-23 Sept

New Zealand’s wildlife is in crisis with more than 4,000 of our species threatened or at risk. This Conservation Week we're showing you how you can help turn this around.

The species at risk include those that people know, like the Māui dolphin, and those that aren’t well known including fungi, snails, insects, lizards and fish. All of these species are part of what makes New Zealand unique. When we lose a species, we lose part of ourselves.

Thousands of New Zealanders are already involved in conservation activities. When we pull together we can make a big difference.


The Conservation Week artwork is of a tīeke surrounded by native species, calling you to help. There are four sectors represented – flora, fauna, freshwater and marine. 



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