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.

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 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 3pm rosemary@spiritednz.com
Bottle Lake and Spencer Park  To suit Park Rangers 03 941 8999
Brooker Reserve(external link)

Second Sunday of the month

  • 9am to 11am in Summer
  • 10am to midday in Winter
Charlesworth Reserve (Ferrymead)

Every Sunday:

  • During daylight savings, 3pm to 5pm
  • Rest of year, 2pm to 4pm
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 dlusby@cvnz.org.nz
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
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, 9am to 10.30am 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 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
Event Details

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)
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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.

Avon Ōtākaro Forest Park(external link)

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 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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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.

Map of volunteering locations

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