This booklet is full of practical ideas and activities for exploring nature with children, both in your own backyard or further afield.
The world’s habitats are in danger and you can help save them. Download Habitat, visit nature locations in Wellington to start collecting virtual habitat pins.
Get involved with DOC volunteer activities in your region.
See what fascinating things you can find out in nature.
Get involved in conserving our lizards by creating an inviting home for them in your garden.
Get a team together with gloves and rubbish sacks to see how much rubbish you can remove.
Use your detective skills and help us track down pests like rats, stoats and mice. Earn a Kiwi Guardians medal for becoming a Pest Detective!
Today's garden flowers can be tomorrow's weeds - find out what you can do to reduce the spread of invasive weeds from your garden.
Learn how to plan and plant a garden to attract native birds.
An activity programme for kids to learn about nature, earn cool rewards and go on epic family adventures.
Help stop the spread of weeds in New Zealand. Earn a Kiwi Guardians medal for becoming a warrior in the War of Weeds!
Earn a Kiwi Guardians medal by creating a wētā 'motel' in your backyard! It's a home for wētā to crawl into, to protect them from being eaten by introduced predators like rats, stoats, cats and hedgehogs.
Birds and bugs such as spiders, moths, beetles, earthworms and stick insects like green backyards. They move in. Use our checklist to find out how 'green' your garden is.
Help protect wildlife in your neighbourhood from your cat. Earn a Kiwi Guardians medal for tracking your cat - there are a lot of simple things you can do.
Take a quiz to find out how conservation friendly your cat is and read tips for improving your score.
Take a garden insect census to see if you have a good range of bugs and beetles in your backyard.
These interesting short and overnight walks are great options for getting outdoors with children.
We Kiwis love our backyard. Whether our own gardens, parks or our big kiwi backyard! Because we love it, we want to take care of it.
Join the Great Kererū Count 22 September – 1 October: Join the largest national citizen science project to gather information about New Zealand pigeon. Make your kererū count!
Take part in local conservation events.
Show your backyards some love this Conservation Week. Get involved by protecting, growing, nurturing and caring for our nature.