Many community groups welcome new faces, and the skills, experience and time you can offer.

Community group workers

Here are some groups that you might consider contacting and volunteering with.

Group   Location  Activities
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

More volunteering opportunities

Website Activities
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

Funding support

For funding from the Council, see the community funding guide.

Canterbury biodiversity(external link) also provides funding for environmental projects.

Advice and practical support

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.

Online communities

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.