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.
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 2019
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.
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. To celebrate Arbor Day you could:
- plant a native tree in your backyard
- volunteer for a project
- simply head outdoors and enjoy New Zealand's wild places.
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
16 – 22 June 2019
National Volunteer Week is New Zealand's largest celebration of volunteering and civic participation.
Annual garden bird survey
29 June – 7 July 2019
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.
Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week)
10 to 16 Mahuru 2018
Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori 2018 theme is 'Kia Kaha te Reo Māori - Let's make the Māori language strong'.
14 – 22 September 2019
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
23 – 29 September 2019
Mental Health Awareness Week is about connecting with nature which is good for mental health and wellbeing. This ties in with World Mental Health Day on 10 October.
Save Kiwi Month
Save Kiwi Month urges all New Zealanders to join the fight to save our national icon.
International Decade of Biodiversity
2011 – 2020
The United Nations decade on biodiversity is from 2011 – 2020.