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Conservation Projects

New Zealand has millions of acres of untouched countryside and beautiful National Parks. But someone has to look after it all! The Department of Conservation (DOC) looks after the flora and fauna in NZ and every year there are opportunities to become a volunteer and help out.

Volunteers help with many different conservation tasks such as bird counts, historic building restoration, habitat restoration, hut maintenance, weed control, whale strandings, tree planting and giving talks. On their website is a list of current projects volunteers can apply for so check it out and see how you can help -

www.doc.govt.nz/volunteers

There are also other organisations in New Zealand which you can volunteer to help. The New Zealand Trust for Conservation Volunteers is one of these. Amongst their many services they have a national and regional database of conservation projects and keep a database of volunteers and availability. They can help you find a suitable volunteering opportunity, either within DOC, or with one of the other organisations they are involved with. Check out their website at http://www.conservationvolunteers.org.nz . It has has some great conservation links too.

Another organisation to check out is Tararu Valley Sanctuary. The Sanctuary is a co-operatively run rainforest property at the head of Tararu Valley, surrounded by 140,000 acres of the Coromandel State Forest Park. The Valley has a range of accommodation for volunteers interested in learning conservation, working for the world, and living a saner, richer and simpler life! Check out their website at http://www.tararuvalley.org .

 

 

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