Volunteer events

Volunteering is a great way to help look after the environment you enjoy. Learn more about your community, be active in the outdoors and meet new people. Find an event for you, your family and friends to join.

Community Volunteers from the Styx Mill Reserve Planting Day May 2017

Volunteer in a park

There are many events throughout the year. Activities vary, but may involve general clean ups, planting, weeding and mulching.

Please read the volunteer guidelines, then contact the listed organiser.

Community volunteer days

Event 2020 dates
Port Hills: Marleys Hill(external link) Saturday 22 February
Port Hills: Dry Bush Saturday 29 February
Port Hills: Bowenvale Saturday 7 March
Port Hills: Marleys Hill(external link) Saturday 21 March
Sumnervale Reserve Planting Day Saturday 21 March
Mahoe-nui Autumn Maintenance Saturday 21 March
Pollinator Party Saturday 18 April
Styx Mill Planting Day Sunday 3 May
Halswell Quarry Planting Day Saturday 16 May
Charlesworth Reserve Planting Day Sunday 17 May
Port Hills: Marleys Hill(external link) Saturday 23 May
Papanui Bush Planting Day Friday 5 June
Halswell Quarry Planting Day Saturday 6 June
Port Hills: Bowenvale Saturday 6 June
Port Hills: Dry Bush Saturday 13 June
Eco-Action Nursery Trust: Spencer Park Planting Sunday 14 June
Port Hills: Marleys Hill(external link) Saturday 20 June
Halswell Quarry Planting Day Saturday 20 June
West Broken Run Planting Day Saturday 20 June
Halswell Quarry Planting Day Saturday 4 July
Awatea Basin Planting Day Sunday 5 July
West Broken Run Planting Day Friday 17 July
Halswell Quarry Planting Day Saturday 25 July

Regular working bees

Event Next event date Ranger contact
Akaroa Cemetery Once a fortnight Heidi Wilton 027 547 2933
Ashgrove Reserve(external link) 2020 Heidi Wilton 027 547 2933
Bottle Lake and Spencer Park  To suit Park Rangers 03 941 8999
Broomfield Common Every second month Heidi Wilton 027 547 2933
Charlesworth Reserve (Ferrymead) During daylight savings: every Sunday, 3pm to 5pm

Rest of year: every Sunday, 2pm to 4pm
Andrew Crossland 027 434 1155
Diamond Harbour Last Sunday of the month through to August, 10am to 1pm Heidi Wilton 027 547 2933
Drayton Reserve(external link) Middle Sunday and last Saturday of the month
Winter 2pm to 4pm, summer 9am to 11am
Karen Smith 027 886 5988
Duncan Park Every Friday through to August, midday Heidi Wilton 027 547 2933
Ernle Clark(external link) Last Saturday of the month, 3pm to 4pm Heidi Wilton 027 547 2933
Farnley Reserve  Every third Sunday, 10am to 11.30am friendsoffarnley@gmail.com
Laura Kent(external link)  First Saturday of every month, 9am to 11am Karen Smith 027 886 5988
McCormacks Bay Third Sunday of the month, 2pm to 4pm Matt Rose 027 240 6276
Papanui Bush Second Tuesday of the month, 8.30am to 12.30pm Denis McMurtrie 021 125 1920 
South New Brighton Domain First Sunday of every month, 2pm to 4pm Pieter Borcherds 027 611 8655
Thistledown Reserve Last Saturday of the month, 10am Karen Smith 027 886 5988
Travis Wetland Third Saturday of the month, 9am to 12.30pm John Skilton on 027 4968 935

More opportunities

 Event  Details
Drayton Reserve Volunteer(external link)
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Regular working bees, sign up to their newsletters to find out when the next one is.
Styx Mill Reserve Bird Monitoring(external link)(external link) Regular working bees, sign up to their newsletters to find out when the next one is.
Eco Canterbury Calendar(external link) The Eco Canterbury Calendar lists environment-themed events in the region.
Forest and Bird Youth Christchurch(external link) Forest and Bird Youth Christchurch is an environmental advocacy group for 14 to 25-year-olds.

If you're interested in conservation projects, campaigns and volunteering, contact Alex, Christy or Amelia on forestandbirdyouthchch@gmail.com.
Community gardens(external link) If you're keen to learn more about gardening or want to share your expertise, a community garden might be right for you.
Graffiti removal Get involved with graffiti removal around Christchurch.
Volcan(external link)
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Conservation projects.
Conservation Volunteers New Zealand(external link) Conservation projects.
 iNaturalist(external link) Join the online community and record your nature observations on iNaturalist.

You can also explore observations made around New Zealand, and learn more about our native species.

Map of volunteering locations

Map Listing

Help our rangers out – if you see an issue in a park, report it via Snap Send Solve.