Hands On Ecology – 25 October 2018

Eight week restoration workshops series

2018 Course Dates
25 Oct Book for the whole 8 week series - click here Thur 9am-12pm
COST: Free

Hands on Ecology would suit current and new volunteers working on restoration projects, those wanting to learn site assessments, those wanting to run other projects and those who are undertaking NZQA papers in plant identification and weed identification, pest management or plant nursery work.


This is also a great basis for people wanting to work in restoration or horticulture.

All courses will be held at Kaipatiki Project – 17 Lauderdale Road, Birkdale.

Week 1: Thursday 25 Oct 9am – midday

Kaipatiki Project restoration kaupapa

  • Identifying restoration opportunities and issues in urban reserve
  • Kauri habitat protection
  • Plant identification
  • Using iNaturalist  for recording data and plant ID


Week 2: Thursday 1 Nov 9am – midday

  • Birds
  • Native plant identification
  • Pest monitoring
  • Pest signs
  • Rat and possum pest control


Week 3: Thursday 8th Nov 9am – midday

  • Native and weeds
  • Plant identification
  • Phenology
  • Seed collection best practice

Week 4: Thursday 15th Nov 9am – midday

  • Leaf litter
  • Direct seeding
  • Site identification
  • Seed collection and processing.

Week 5: Thursday 22nd  Nov 9am – midday

  • Climbers and epiphytes
  • Natives and weeds

Week 6: Thursday 29th Nov 9am – midday

  • Native ground covers
  • Weed identification
  • Bug identification

Week 7: Thursday 6th Dec 9am – midday

  • Ferns
  • Trees
  • Ground covers
  • Climbers

Week 8: Thursday  13th Dec 9am – midday

  • Riparian forest structures
  • Selecting plants for stream side restoration
  • Water testing

Shared kai after the last session with the nursery volunteers.



Terms and Conditions:

Course registration closes 24 hours before the course starts, unless it is full prior to this. Therefore please book early to avoid disappointment. We do not accept walk ins on the day for our courses. Please register and pay before the start of the course.

Refund Policy – Courses

If you cancel a course booking five (5) days before the start of the course, we will give you a full refund.
If you cancel a course booking between five (5) days and one (1) day before the start of a course, we will give you a 50% refund.
If you cancel your booking on the day of the course, you are not entitled to a refund.

Contact [email protected] to cancel a course.


Kaipatiki Project reserves the right to cancel any course at any time. We will endeavour to give you as much notice as possible before we cancel a course. If we cancel a course, you will receive a full refund.