Become a wildlife ranger in your own back yard, or in your nearest pocket park! Connect to nature where you live, play or work and make caring for it part of your life. Whether tending bees and flowers, planting trees to feed native birds, weeding or throwing your pest trapping skills into native bush, your actions will do a whole lot of good!

Nature needs a hand.

Biodiversity loss, along with climate change and water quality and availability issues, are one of the biggest challenges we face as a global community. Looking after our unique plants and animals - species found nowhere else on the planet - are our collective responsibility.

We may live in the weed capital of the world, but we are fortunate it is easy to find spaces to plant, ways to restore, where weed and pest management methods have developed faster than in most other countries. Care for your stream, your backyard or your bush reserve - nature will love you back!

Get involved in Pest Free Auckland 2050 and Predator Free New Zealand 2050!

Actions

Points

Explore my area: I will explore at least one new trail or nature walk in my area (first steps)

1 point per 20 minutes walked

Lend a hand: I will join a restoration project planting, weeding or trapping pests (next steps)

3 points per 30 minutes volunteered

Backyard biodiversity: I will plant 5 native plants and keep an eye on wildlife at my place (next steps)

3 points per plant

Wise up: I will learn about nature by visiting or joining nature conservation or restoration groups, such as the Zoo, Botanic Gardens, Arataki Centre, local marae, or community environment projects (next steps)

3 points per study

Let’s talk about it: I will learn more, join a group, and lobby for our government to prioritise effective solutions for climate change, biodiversity and healthy waters (stretch).

5 points per post or communication

Fun facts

Over 1000 community groups have now registered as contributing to Pest Free Auckland! Visit the website and register your interest today!

Do you know te reo Maori words for the "natural world", "environmental stewardship or guardianship" and "life force"?

What does "wai ora", "wai maori" and “waimate" translate to in English? Share your learning with others!

People living close to trees and green spaces are more likely to be happy and healthy.

The closer you are to nature, the more likely you are to exercise! In Denmark, people living more than 1km from a natural green environment were more likely to be obese and less likely to exercise rigorously than those living within 300m. Regular contact also improves our immune system function and our wellbeing.

Nature can improve memory. Scientists at the University of Michigan tested the effect of walking through either a natural environment or down a busy street. The former showed better memory recall.