Many community groups welcome new faces, and the skills, experience and time you can offer.
Here are some groups that you might consider contacting and volunteering with.
|Avon-Heathcote Estuary Ihutai Trust(external link)||Charlesworth & McCormacks Bay||Waterways issues, clean ups|
|Avon-Otakaro Forest Park(external link)||Red zone||Planting, weeding, watering, maintenance|
|Conservation Volunteers(external link)||Nationwide||Planting, seed collection, heritage restoration|
|Forest and Bird (North Canterbury)(external link)||Heathcote and Port Hills||bush restoration and bird monitoring|
|Friends of the Edmonds Factory Garden(external link)||Phillipstown||Gardening, fundraising|
|Friends of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens(external link)||Central City||Gardening, tour guiding, plant propagation|
|Garden of Tane(external link)||Akaroa||Projects, planting, weeding, maintenance|
|Graffiti Removal||Christchurch||Spotting and reporting graffiti, graffiti removal|
|Styx Living Laboratory Trust(external link)||Brooklands||Water monitoring, planting, education|
|Summit Road Society(external link)||Port Hills||Planting, restoration, reserve management|
|Sumner Environment Group(external link)||Sumner||Dune management, bush restoration|
|Te Ara Kakariki(external link)||Canterbury||Planting, bush restoration|
|Travis Wetland Trust(external link)||Burwood||Planting, weed busting|
|Trees for Canterbury(external link)||Canterbury||Planting|
|Community Gardens(external link)||Multiple parks around the city||Planting and ongoing maintenance of community edible gardens|
|Volcan(external link)||Match your interests to volunteer opportunities in Canterbury|
|Eco Canterbury Calendar(external link)||Environmental and conservation calendar for the Canterbury region|
Support for new community group projects or events
For funding from the Council, see the community funding guide.
Canterbury biodiversity(external link) also provides funding for environmental projects.
Council staff provide advice and support with forming groups or project funding. Contact us and ask to speak to your local Community Development Adviser.
The Canterbury not-for-profit forum(external link) provides assistance and opportunities for your group.
The Networking for the environment(external link) project runs a series of networking events for people working for environmentally focused organisations in Greater Christchurch. These events create a space for sharing experiences, resources and tips for running a community based organisation.
To record any nature based observations you've made, check out NatureWatch NZ(external link). You can also explore observations made around New Zealand and learn more about native species.