Conservation in your own backyard
People are invited to an Our Place: Our Nature family event with fun activities in Nelson on Saturday 28 October being held to celebrate Conservation Week.
The event showcases the special places and amazing wildlife in our backyard and it’s on from 10am to 2pm at Branford Park in the Maitai Valley.
There will be exciting activities for all ages including making your own predator tracking tunnel, having a go at flax weaving, a scavenger hunt, giant outdoor board games, discovering what freshwater critters live in the Maitai River and adventure games for the under 5s.
It will also be a chance to explore a new Toyota Kiwi Guardians adventure site for kids on the Branford Park Edible Walk. Kids can complete conservation activities at the site and earn a Toyota Kiwi Guardians Medal.
Conservation Week runs from 14-22 October and this year the Department of Conservation wants people to convert their love of nature into action.
‘‘We want to show people that conservation can be done in your own backyard, gardens, parks and marine areas, says DOC Acting Motueka Operations Manager Kath Inwood. ‘‘Even small actions can make a difference and getting out in nature improves our health and wellbeing.
‘‘Our predator-free vision of ridding the country of rats, stoats and possums by 2050 starts in your own backyard. It’s great to see momentum gathering as more communities band together to make their own areas predatorfree.’’
The Our Place: Our Nature event is a partnership between DOC, Nelson City Council, Tasman District Council, Nelmac, Bowater Toyota, Big Picture Productions, Enviroschools and Nelson College for Girls Enviro Group who will hold stalls. Information about this and other events can be found at www.conservationweek.org.nz.
Branford Park is hosting the Our Place: Our Nature event this Saturday as part of Conservation Week.