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Learn new skills. Conservation and sustainability courses for all.

Our diverse range of programmes help you to live more sustainably in your home, your garden, restore the local environment, reduce waste and more. Feel great while learning with others and helping our natural world.

Our courses are practical, innovative and inspirational. We offer a diverse range of topics to help people with their environmental challenges.

Some are free, some are not. Free courses have been subsidised by a grant we received, yet it is important to offer you other valuable courses that haven't been subsidised. And therefore, a small fee to cover the costs and pay a facilitator. 

Bookings are essential to secure your spot. Browse below or check out all courses and events here.

Courses
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Free Composting Courses
Home composting courses about worm farming, bokashi buckets & composting. These courses are brought to you by the Compost Collective – a collaboration between Kaipātiki Project Environment Centre and EcoMatters Environment Trust – with funding by the Auckland Council.
Plant Propagation
Plant Propagation Workshop
Learn how to grow plants from seed, root division and cuttings. Best timing for these practices will be covered, plant species suited to the season, and how to care for your transplants once in the garden.
Building Diversity: Plant an Insectory
Building Diversity: Plant an Insectary Workshop
To maximise fruit production from your edible trees and plants, an insectary is a beneficial addition to your garden or orchard space. Consider implementing it as a separate garden, in a guild below fruit trees, or as a border to your edible garden beds.
Fermented foods workshop
Fermented Foods Workshop
Learn the ancient art of making Sauerkraut, a nutrient-rich food packed with minerals and probiotics with our food specialist, Julie Craig who will show you the process for Improving your Immunity and Gut Health and reducing inflammation in your body.
Balms, Deodorants and Shaving Cream
Balms, Deodorants and Shaving Cream Workshop
Learn how to make Fresh, Allergy Free and Non-Toxic Balms, Deodorants and Shaving Cream. This is a hands-on class that will leave you feeling very nurtured and satisfied.
Laundry Product Making Workshop
Laundry Products
Julie has developed and researched non-toxic products for you to safely use in your home. Take a break, enjoy the coffee and take in all of Julie's expertise to keep your home chemical-free.
Organic Pest Control - CANCELLED
By focusing on the health of our plants, we can increase the level of resistance they have against pests and diseases. Physical barriers will be demonstrated for protecting young seedlings, recipes shared for effective biological controls, plus a beneficial species list to attract predatory insects.
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Forest Restoration Leaders Training
For the last few years, Kaipātiki Project has run a leaders training program for those who would like to deepen their knowledge around native forest restoration. This year we are running a limited edition over four Saturday mornings starting this Saturday, July 11.
Eco-Art Workshop Drawing and Lithography Printing
Eco-Art Workshop Drawing and Lithography
A rare opportunity and a new creative course that helps you get to know the Eskdale Reserve by learning about important trees, making tree rubbings, and turning them into fine art prints to take home.
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Introduction to Beekeeping - Workshops Intensive
This course is fully booked, if you would like to be added to the waiting list please contact media@kaipatiki. org. nz
An introduction to Beekeeping 2-day workshop intensive; a mixture of theory and hands-on practical experience.
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Plant ID Workshop: Natives & Pest Plants
With two sessions to choose from, learn how to identify native plants and pest plants in this 2-hour free workshop, delivered jointly by Pest Free Kaipātiki and Kaipātiki Project. You will find out about what makes native plants so important and why pest plants are such a problem.
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Woven Harakeke Gift for Christmas Series
Christmas is around the corner. Give someone a sustainable gift this Christmas and learn or extend your own skills in our 3 part series of workshops:
20th October
27th October
3rd November.
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Bokashi Composting Talk
At Engine Bay Nursery, Hobsonville Point, this Bokashi "How To" Talk will be facilitated by Pip and offers an introduction to composting with Bokashi. Come and discover how easy it is!

Confirmed participants will receive a $40.
Introduction to Permaculture
Introduction to Permaculture
Learn about sustainable design systems that connect elements together to function like a natural ecosystem, with applications for your home and garden. Simple and low tech solutions, combined with low maintenance is the ultimate aim in permaculture!
includes homemade afternoon tea, BYO lunch.
EcoWalks Kaipatiki - Witherford Reserve
EcoWalks Kaipātiki - Witherford Reserve
This is where Kaipātiki Project started and many of the trees growing along the road where planted by our first volunteers. Gully forest merging into Coastal forest. Location: Witherford Reserve, Entrance opposite Glenfield college, Kaipātiki Road. Registrations close on 19 November.
EcoWalks Kaipātiki - Le Roys Bush
EcoWalks Kaipātiki - Le Roys Bush
A wonderful, forested gully walk ranging from Kauri ridgeline to cool shaded stream sides and wetland at the lower end. Location: Entrance 251 Hinemoa Street, opposite Birkenhead Library. Registrations close on 26 November.
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EcoWalks Kaipātiki - Kendall Bay
A regenerating coastal Kauri forest with a Swamp Maire wetland behind the beach. Note: steep segments on the walk. Location: Kauri Point Centennial Park, Entrance Onetaunga Road opposite Bragato Place, Chatswood. Registrations close on 3 December.
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Soap Making Workshop
Washing yourself with Pure Beautiful home-made soap is amazing and you feel the difference on your skin. Want to know how? This beginner's Soap Making is the place to start. Learn how to safely make luxurious, organic coconut soap with ease.
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Sausage Making Workshop
Do you want to be in control of making your own amazing sausages and know the superior quality ingredients that go on your plate?
Create your own blend of flavours and find the best, tried and true recipes.
soap-making
Soap Making Workshop
Washing yourself with Pure Beautiful home-made soap is amazing and you feel the difference on your skin. Want to know how? This beginner's Soap Making is the place to start. Learn how to safely make luxurious, organic coconut soap with ease.
Laundry Product Making Workshop
Laundry Products
Julie has developed and researched non-toxic products for you to safely use in your home. Take a break, enjoy the coffee and take in all of Julie's expertise to keep your home chemical-free.
Soft Cheese Making Workshop
Feta Cheese Making
Cheese making is a satisfying kitchen past-time. Join Julie in this class where she will show you in just 2 hours how making your own cheese can transform how you manage your kitchen, incorporating cheese-making into your life and making an economical fresh product for a healthier diet.

Bookings are essential with payment prior to the course commencing. Course registration closes 24 hours before the course starts, or once the course is full. Please book early to avoid disappointment. We cannot accept walk-ins on the day for our courses. 

Refund Policy: 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 office@kaipatiki.org.nz to cancel a course.

Cancellations: Kaipātiki 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.

Practical, innovative and inspirational courses

You’ll literally get your hands dirty, while learning about conservation or sustainable living. People increasingly want to live more sustainably and we make it easy by offering a variety of courses. To book, simply click on a course of your choice and pay online. Some courses may be free.

 

Want to apply your learning? Try volunteering with us

Join our volunteering family to get up close with nature. From bush restoration, weeding and trapping to growing and planting, many hands make light work. We’ve got volunteering opportunities for businesses, individuals and families, schools and youth groups, community groups.