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.

Community volunteer days

Event Date Contact Children's University credits
Lancaster Park Planting Day 1pm to 3pm
Saturday 23 September
parks.volunteers@ccc.govt.nz or phone 03 941 8999 on the day to speak with Council. Yes
Barnett Park Spring Plant Care Day 1pm to 3pm
Saturday 23 September
fiona.fenton@ccc.govt.nz Yes
Amelia Rogers Reserve planting with CVNZ 10am to 1pm
Sunday 24 September
dlusby@cvnz.org.nz Yes
Bowenvale Reserve Spring Plant Care Day 1pm to 3pm
Saturday 30 September
fiona.fenton@ccc.govt.nz Yes
Cedarwood Reserve maintenance day 10am to 12pm
Saturday 30 September


Dry Bush Spring Plant Care Day 1pm to 3pm
Saturday 7 October
fiona.fenton@ccc.govt.nz Yes
Eastside Bush (Victoria Park) Spring Plant Care Day 1pm to 3pm
Saturday 14 October
fiona.fenton@ccc.govt.nz Yes
Cedarwood Reserve maintenance day 10am-12pm 
Saturday 21 October
christchurch@cvnz.org.nz Yes 
5000 trees at Deville spring maintenance day 10am- 12pm
Saturday 4 November
RRZrangers@ccc.govt.nz  Yes
Amelia Rogers spring maintenance day 10am-12pm
Saturday 25 Nov
christchurch@cvnz.org.nz Yes

Regular working bees

Event Next event date Ranger contact
Akaroa Cemetery Once a fortnight heidi.wilton@ccc.govt.nz, 027 547 2933
Ashgrove Reserve(external link)   heidi.wilton@ccc.govt.nz, 027 547 2933
Barnett Park(external link) Every Sunday from 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

  • Summer 9am to 11am
  • Winter 10am to midday
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 from 9am to 10.30am heidi.wilton@ccc.govt.nz, 027 547 2933
CVNZ(external link) Every Wednesday from 1pm to 4pm  Donna Lusby, dlusby@cvnz.org.nz
Diamond Harbour Last Sunday of the month through to August from 10am to 1pm heidi.wilton@ccc.govt.nz027 547 2933
Donkey Track First Sunday of the month from 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 at midday heidi.wilton@ccc.govt.nz, 027 547 2933
Ernle Clark(external link) Last Saturday of the month from 3pm to 4pm heidi.wilton@ccc.govt.nz, 027 547 2933
Farnley Reserve  Every third Sunday from 9am to 10.30am friendsoffarnley@gmail.com
Laura Kent  First Saturday of every month from 9am to 11am Karen Smith, 027 886 5988
McCormacks Bay Third Sunday of the month from 2pm to 4pm Holly Whitaker, 027 240 6276
Papanui Bush Second Tuesday of the month from 8.30am to 12.30pm Denis McMurtrie, 021 125 1920 
South New Brighton Domain Third Saturday of every month from 2pm to 4pm Pieter Borcherds, 027 611 8655
Thistledown Reserve Last Saturday of the month at 10am Karen Smith, 027 886 5988
Travis Wetland Third Saturday of the month from 9am to 12.30pm John Skilton, 027 4968 935

More opportunities

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 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.