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; email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.