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World Wetlands Day

2 February

World Wetlands Day is on 2 February, marking the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971 in the Iranian city of Ramsar. This is an international date with a different theme and message on a relevant subject set each year by the Ramsar Secretariat.

Get involved in World Wetlands Day.

World Wildlife Day

3 March

World Wildlife Day is a global celebration of wildlife and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

Get involved in World Wildlife Day.

Whio Awareness Month


Whio Awareness Month is always a busy month promoting awareness of this iconic duck.

Get involved in Whio Awareness Month.

Arbor Day

5 June

Arbor Day is about inspiring people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. Arbor Day originated in Nebraska, United States in 1872 and is celebrated by countries all over the world.

Trees play an important role in moderating our climate, improving our air quality, controlling floodwaters and providing homes and food for our unique wildlife. To celebrate Arbor Day you could:

World Environment Day

5 June

World Environment Day, celebrated on 5 June each year, is an international United Nations event that creates awareness of the environment and encourages political attention and action. The theme for this year's World Environment Day celebrations is Think.Eat.Save.

World Environment Day website

Save Kiwi Month


Throughout October, Kiwis for kiwi runs its annual fundraising campaign, Save Kiwi Month 2014. The campaign aims to raise $100,000 which is enough to save 1,000 kiwi from pests and predators for an entire year.

This year, Kiwis for kiwi is looking at the plight of kiwi through the eyes of children, the generation who could grow up to see the last kiwi disappear from New Zealand.

The results are a wake-up call to all New Zealanders to make a donation to fund the ongoing efforts to protect our national bird and to ensure our kids don't grow up without kiwi.

Find out what else is happening around the country from Kiwis for Kiwi news and events. Get involved and help save kiwi this October!

Takahē Awareness Month


November is Takahē Awareness Month. Take the time to find out more about these iconic flightless birds.

Get involved in Takahē Awareness Month.

Conservation Week

Conservation Week is run by the Department of Conservation each year to raise awareness of the benefits of conservation and encourage people to get involved.

Get involved with Conservation Week.

International Decade of Biodiversity

2011 – 2020 

The United Nations has declared 2011 – 2020 as the International Decade of Biodiversity.

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For more information contact your local DOC office