Date: 04 September 2012
A range of events will be held during Conservation Week from September 9-16 to give people an opportunity to get out and explore what’s in their backyard.
"Love your parks is the theme for this year's events and we have found lots of things to love and share with you throughout Otago," says DOC ranger Lucy Hardy, who is coordinating events.
Events organised across Otago include walks, talks, working bees, clean-up days and a film festival.
Nine Otago conservation heroes will be recognised at the Conservation Awards in Dunedin on 10 September and Cromwell on 18 September, including children, individuals, groups and local businesses.
Conservation Week is about raising awareness of conservation's benefits, and encouraging involvement in conservation activities. It aims to give New Zealanders easy and accessible ways to contribute to and participate in conservation.
Inspiring young New Zealander’s to learn about conservation is a big part of the week. There are plenty of education resources and children’s activities, such as nature games, puzzles and craft activities.
The easiest way to find out what’s happening near you is to get online at www.conservationweek.org.nz or you can phone or call into your local DOC office.