Why be a volunteer?

Well, of course, there is the satisfaction of really making a difference. You will be part of an innovative conservation project that is restoring the Cascades from the damage that has been done to it.

But as well:

* you get several hours of exercise in a varied and attractive environment. Much more fun than running on a treadmill at the gym, or walking the same old circuit near home.

* the hours you spend to keep fit aren't 'dead time'. You willachieve something worthwhile while you are doing it.

* you will make friends with a great group of people

* you can involve yourself in some really interesting events eg bird captures and releases, ecological studies.

*You will discover hidden places in the bush that are otherwise never visited - groves of kauri, giant podocarps (rimu and rata), waterfalls, streams.

Next: Video of a volunteer’s experience

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