Wherever 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.


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

22 May

United Nations International Day for Biological Diversity increases understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.


Arbor Day

5 June each year

Arbor Day inspires people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. To celebrate Arbor Day you could:

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'.

Conservation Week

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.

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