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Big planting for Arbor Day

Zoo News - Posted 4 March 2014

Arbor Day 2013 Big Dig In The procession of planters 30

Mark Arbor Day 2014 and book in for the big planting day at Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park on Friday 30 May.

Arbor Day is all about inspiring people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees.

This year marks 10 years since the establishment of Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park and the goal is to plant 30,000 plants. So grab your friends, family or work colleagues and come along to join in the action!  The more people that participate, the more tress planted.

Last year lots of schools, corporate groups and individuals participated in plantings at Waiwhakareke and we would love to see many more this year attend this year.

Sign up to be part of one of the biggest Arbor Day events in the country. To register in this years event please email: parksopenspacescustomerservices@hcc.govt.nz

Hamilton City Council is also offering the first 30 schools to register a 50 seat bus to collect students, teachers and parent helpers, to transport them to the site and back following the planting/ education talks.

Hamilton Zoo is also offering educational talks to registered school groups to enhance students learning on this day.  There will be a series of talks held at Waiwhakareke by local organisations following the plantings. This year we have speakers from NIWA, Landcare Research, Department of Conservation, Project Echo/Halo and Hamilton Zoo.

Groups will rotate around the different speakers spending 10-15mins with each. While the general theme of each presentation will be on conservation/sustainability issues looking at the value of places like Waiwhakareke, there will also be a focus on the area of expertise from each speaker e.g. native birds/reptiles/invertebrates/bats/fish/trees and pest/predator species. 

Spaces are limited. For more information regarding these talks please contact Hamilton Zoo Education Team zoo.education@hcc.govt.nz or phone 8386887.

For the official Arbor Day flyer, click here.

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