Sea­sonal re­fresher

The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - NI­CHOLAS MCBRIDE

Con­ser­va­tion Week is un­der­way, and the Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion is en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to shake off the win­ter blues and get out­doors.

Re­search showed that get­ting out in na­ture helped peo­ple re­lax and recharge.

The Manawatu Branch of For­est and Bird will take a trip to the Otaki Gorge and Otaki Forks on Septem­ber 17, to ex­plore the area filmed as the outer shire woods in The Lord of the Rings. Con­tact Ju­lia Pan­fylova for more in­for­ma­tion; j.pan­fylova@gmail.com.

Palmer­ston North City Coun­cil are hold­ing a preda­tor free event on Septem­ber 17 at Aokautere’s Tu­tukiwi Re­serve at 11am, cel­e­brat­ing the launch of a pi­lot project to make the Moon­shine Val­ley preda­tor free. Con­tact the coun­cil’s Adam Jarvis adam.jarvis@pncc.govt.nz.

A short, fam­ily-friendly tramp to the Oroua Val­ley in the Ruahine For­est Park is on Septem­ber 18. The Ruahine Whio Pro­tec­tion Trust will ex­plain the work they do to pro­tect whio while check­ing stoat traps along the way. Text Janet Wil­son on 027 341 8945 for de­tails.

There are plant­ings on Septem­ber 18 along the pa­per road to the Rangi­wahia Scenic Re­serve from 10am, and at Sum­mer­hill’s Ti­toki Re­serve from 11am.

If it is too wet for out­door ac­tiv­ity, the DOC web­site has the Whio Boot Camp game and Dirty Dozen Weeds com­pe­ti­tion.

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