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.
There are many events throughout the year. Activities vary, but may involve general clean ups, planting, weeding and mulching.
Some of our planting events are family-friendly and eligible for Children's University (CU) credits.
Please read the volunteer guidelines, then contact the listed organiser.
|Event||Date||Contact||Eligible for Children's University credits?|
|Janet Stewart Reserve - Pā Harakeke working bee||9am, Saturday 25 March||Sarah.Mankelow@ccc.govt.nz||Yes|
|Harrington Park community planting||9.30am Tuesday 11 April||Holly.Whitaker@ccc.govt.nz||Yes|
|Charlesworth Reserve planting with Trees for Canterbury||10am, Sunday 7 Mayemail@example.com||Yes|
|Denton Park community planting||10am Tuesday 16 May||Holly.Whitaker@ccc.govt.nz||Yes|
|Brooker Reserve community planting(external link)||10am Sunday 21 Mayfirstname.lastname@example.org||Yes|
|Barnett Park planting with Trees for Canterbury(external link)||1pm Saturday 27 May||Fiona.Fenton@ccc.govt.nz||Yes|
|Halswell Quarry Park Planting Day||10am to 12pm, Saturday 27 May||Nigel.Morritt@ccc.govt.nz||Yes|
|Bowenvale (Huntsbury) planting (Port Hills)||1pm, Saturday 3 June||Fiona.Fenton@ccc.govt.nz||Yes|
|Dry Bush (Port Hills)||1pm, Saturday 10 June||Fiona.Fenton@ccc.govt.nz|
|Halswell Quarry Park Planting Day||10am to 12pm, Saturday 10 June||Nigel.Morritt@ccc.govt.nz||Yes|
|Brooker Reserve community planting(external link)||10am Sunday 11 Juneemail@example.com||Yes|
|Halswell Quarry Park Planting Day||10am to 12pm, Saturday 24 June||Nigel.Morritt@ccc.govt.nz||Yes|
|Halswell Quarry Park Planting Day||10am to 12pm, Saturday 22 July||Nigel.Morritt@ccc.govt.nz||Yes|
|Brooker Reserve community planting(external link)||10am Sunday 30 Julyfirstname.lastname@example.org||Yes|
|Event||Next event date||Ranger contact|
|Akaroa Cemetery||Once a fortnight||Heidi Wilton 027 547 2933|
|Ashgrove Reserve(external link)||Heidi Wilton 027 547 2933|
|Barnett Park(external link)||Sundays 1pm to email@example.com|
|Bottle Lake and Spencer Park||To suit||Park Rangers 03 941 8999|
|Brooker Reserve(external link)||
Second Sunday of the month
|Charlesworth Reserve (Ferrymead)||
|Andrew Crossland 027 434 1155|
|Coronation Reserve||Every Friday, 9am to 10.30am||Heidi Wilton 027 547 2933|
|CVNZ(external link)||Every Friday 9.30am to 12.30pm||Donna Lusby firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Diamond Harbour||Last Sunday of the month through to August, 10am to 1pm||Heidi Wilton 027 547 2933|
|Donkey Track||First Sunday of the month, 10am to midday||
Te Ringatina Group via
|Drayton Reserve(external link)||
Middle Sunday and last Saturday of the month
|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, 9am to email@example.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||Third Saturday 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|
Volunteer track projects
Get involved with the development and maintenance of walking and biking tracks with the Port Hills recreation team.
Contact Rodney.Chambers@ccc.govt.nz or Nick.Singleton@ccc.govt.nz
|Drayton Reserve Volunteer(external link)
|Regular working bees, sign up for their newsletters to find out when the next one is.|
|Styx Mill Reserve Bird Monitoring(external link)(external link)||Regular working bees, sign up for their newsletters to find out when the next one is.|
|We run regular working bees maintaining our 10 sites in the OARC. Follow us on Facebook for event details.(external link)|
|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 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|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.|
|Volunteer Canterbury offers a wide range of projects for individuals and groups.|
|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.