EcoFest: Make Your Mark Nature Event

EcoFest Event

Join us for a day of connection, creativity, and community at the Make Your Mark Nature Event!

Immerse yourself in the beauty of Northcote's newly established greenway, tracing the Te Ara Awataha stream through the heart of the town. This free outdoor event offers something for everyone, promising a memorable day surrounded by nature.

Greenway Regeneration: Dive into hands-on activities with native plants, contributing to the ongoing regeneration of the local ecosystem guided by expert ecologists from the Kaipātiki Project, and discover the wonders of nature in your own backyard.

Nature Art Workshop: Unleash your creativity! Join renowned ecological artist Laura Donkers in a unique nature art session using natural materials. Your masterpiece will become part of a larger community artwork showcased at the NorthArt gallery exhibition (24 Feb - 22 Mar). Please register to be part of this FREE workshop.

Nature Detective Corner: Become a nature detective with microscopes, stream testing kits, bird identification, and more. Uncover the secrets of the local environment and learn about its fascinating inhabitants.

Rubbish Clean-Up: Give back to the community by participating in a streamside rubbish clean-up, contributing to the preservation of this natural haven.

Free Treats: Enjoy complimentary ice blocks and a well-deserved BBQ, making your day even sweeter.

Don't miss this chance to get closer to nature, make lasting memories, and be a part of something meaningful. The Make Your Mark Nature Event is not just an event; it's an experience that celebrates the beauty of our community and the environment.

Cost: FREE
Make Your Mark 1200 900 px
About the Art Workshop

In the art workshop, you will be drawing using the frottage technique and you will:

  • learn about local ecology

  • practice a new drawing technique, such as frottage

Tactile drawing methods, such as frottage (aka rubbings), can help individuals without art training to physically learn from and engage with the environment in an easy-to-do art-making process. No experience is necessary. All guidance and materials are provided.


EcoFest 2024

EcoFest is a month-long celebration of the unique environment of Tāmaki Makaurau and how we care for it. The EcoFest programme is packed with events, activities, installations and workshops for people of all ages and at any stage of their sustainability journey.  With over 200 events already programmed and more on the horizon, there's ample opportunity for everyone to join in!