Conservation national events
IntroductionWherever you are in the country, get involved in these annual events.
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.
Whio Awareness Month
Whio Awareness Month promotes 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).
2 - 10 March 2024
Seaweek - Kaupapa Moana - is New Zealand’s national week celebrating the sea. It's hosted by the NZ Assocation for Environmental Education. Seaweek events are held around New Zealand.
Takahē Awareness Month
Takahē Awareness Month promotes awareness of this flightless bird.
International Day for Biological Diversity
United Nations International Day for Biological Diversity increases understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.
5 June each year
Arbor Day inspires people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees.
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
National Volunteer Week is New Zealand's largest celebration of volunteering. Volunteer for conservation and become part of an active community.
Annual garden bird survey
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.
Conservation Week is run by DOC each year to raise awareness of the benefits of conservation and encourage people to get involved.
Mental Health Awareness Week
Mental Health Awareness Week connects people with nature which is good for mental health and wellbeing.
Save the Kiwi Week
Save the Kiwi urges all New Zealanders to join the fight to save our national icon.