Look at nature through new eyes this Conservation Week in Eastern Bay of Plenty

Conservation Week 2020 is a key annual initiative by DOC, and this year it runs from 15 – 23 August. For 2020, the emphasis is on the well-being benefits of spending time in nature and seeing ‘nature through new eyes’.

DOC Community Ranger Teresa McCauley said after the COVID-19 lockdown, many of us look at life and our world with different perspectives.

“Take time to explore your relationship with nature and enjoy its benefits – Our wellbeing is directly linked to and affected by that of Papatūānuku. Immerse yourself in nature this Conservation Week and embrace what’s always been there; we have some amazing green spaces in the Eastern Bay, explore your local backyard”.

Teresa says places such as White Pine Bush and Marawaiwai reserves are easy to get to and are perfect for slowing down to see nature up close and in detail.

Spending time in nature is often referred to as “good for the soul”. This year’s Conservation Week is a chance for people to breathe in the air of the sea, take in the views of natural landscapes, and feel the crunch of the forest floor below our feet – all of which will benefit our well-being.

Some events in Eastern Bay of Plenty for Conservation Week to keep an eye on:

Planting Day – Matatā Lagoon

Date: Saturday August 15

Time: 9.30 am – 12 pm

Location: Matatā Wildlife Refuge – Matatā Lagoon Loop Track

What to bring: Spade (if you have one), boots, sun protection, jacket, drink, morning tea.

Water will be available and a sausage sizzle will be provided after the planting.

Kiwi Aversion Training for Dogs

Date: Sunday, August 16

Time: 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Location: Awatapu Lagoon Whakatane

Bookings are essential due to limited training spots. To book please contact Donna:

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