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Get out into nature for Conservation Week

October 30th, 2015
[DOC press release]

The Department of Conservation is inviting people to take part in Conservation Week by getting into nature to refresh their body and mind.

Conservation Week is 1st - 8th November. This year's theme is "Healthy Nature Healthy People".

Mark Townsend, DOC Manager Operations, Motueka, says "Nature is everywhere. It has the power to not only invigorate, refresh, and amaze you, but it can also be beneficial to your body and mind.

"Get outside, take your kids, and experience it for yourself. There are plenty of fun activities and competitions for you and your family to take part in."

Key local events include the Tinline Discovery Trail on Sunday 8 November, between 10am and 2pm. Families can walk the first part of the Abel Tasman Coast Track from Marahau to the Tinline campsite, taking part in conservation activities along the way. Families are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch, and plenty of water. This part of the track is stroller accessible.

A trapping workshop is being held in Golden Bay on Sunday 8 November between 10am and 2pm at the bottom of the Rameka Gorge. This is organised by DOC, Tasman District Council and Project Rameka.

The Victory Community Centre invites Nelson people to join its Walk-a-thon to the new Pipers Park Reserve Track, starting from Victory Square at 5.15pm on Friday 6 November.

Tasman District Council is holding an 'In your neighbourhood' day at Easby Park in Richmond between 2pm and 5pm on Sunday 1 November, where locals can take part in interactive activities and get to know their social and natural neighbourhood.

The Friends of Motueka Estuaries are holding a celebration to welcome the godwits back to the Motueka Sandspit after their 11,000km migration from Alaska. This will be at the Old Motueka Wharf between 11am and 1pm on Sunday 15 November. (Further details here.)

Mark Townsend says, "There are also exciting national competitions underway including the national Geocaching Challenge, and a repeat of last year's popular "Find a Whio" activity for children. The details for these are on the Conservation Week website."

Further details are available at conservationweek.org.nz

 



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