Eye on Nature

Eye on Nature family day

Eye on Nature

Bring the kids and a picnic to the spectacular Auckland Botanic Gardens, and enjoy this free environmental education event with hands-on activities, crafts and games for the whole family.

This year's Eye On Nature theme is 'Nurturing our Forests - Healthy trees, healthy me'. ('Hauora Rākau, Hauora Ahau' - Whakatipuria to tātou Waonui ā Tāne ngātahi ai). The event will  take children and their families on an experiential journey through our native New Zealand forest, learning how the health of the forest and all its inhabitants impacts the health of us.

Join us on an adventure at this environmental educational event: navigate the bush with Maori storyteller and environmentalist, Park Ranger Riki Bennett and discover how to identify native trees and the special uses for them in navigation, construction, food and medicine; learn how to build your own pest tracking system to discover what pests animals are threatening the forest in your community; receive the tools to make a pledge to become sustainable in one area of your life; learn how be a part of Predator Free 2020; blend a smoothie with bicycle power; watch cooking demonstrations; support cultural performances and local school entertainment; have a go at over 10 different park games for all ages; enjoy a picnic with your family and learn all about how a healthy tree means a healthy you. 

Attracting over 11,000 people each year, Eye on Nature is an annual event which should be marked on your calendar!

This event is brought to you by the Manukau Beautification Charitable Trust and supported by Auckland Council, Auckland Botanic Gardens, Howick Local Board, Papakura Local Board, Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board,Franklin Local Board, Mangere-Otahuhu Local Board, Manurewa Local Board and over 30 environmental partners from around New Zealand. 

This is a zero waste event, bring your own reusable items and help make a difference. 

Entry, parking and all activities are free. Food and drink vendors on site.  Event will proceed rain or shine.

Parking is on site using the Everglade Drive entrance.

More information here.

30 March 2019
11am - 5pm

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