Our students gave back to their community and environment by helping Conservation Volunteers New Zealand with their goal to plant 15,000 native trees in the Wellington Town Belt this year.
“It was so nice to get outside after a busy week. At the end, we all agreed on how we felt less stressed because of the change in environment. It is great to give back and learn about conservation in New Zealand but its also really nice to have the change of pace. Hopefully, we can build in more volunteer opportunities throughout the academic year.” Lauren Locke, our Academic Advisor who accompanied the students, said.
The sign-up sheet for the event was full of eager students wanting to spend time in nature, see more of Wellington, and get to know each other. They didn’t need any prior skills with tree planting for an experienced team leader from Conservation Volunteers New Zealand would provide them with tools, gloves, and training.
Amanda was one of these students, she recently moved to Wellington from the US and is studying our Master of User Experience Design.
She said she loves being in nature and that “it was a fun way to spend a Friday afternoon outdoors and a great way to give back. I enjoyed planting trees and being part of the effort to plant 15,000 trees in Wellington this year.”