Herbal Medicine Making - Summer Harvest Second Workshop
10:00 AM10:00

Herbal Medicine Making - Summer Harvest Second Workshop

Due to popular demand we are running a second Summer Harvest workshop, subject to receiving 7 enrolments. Should this number not be reached you will be refunded in full or given a credit to a later workshop of your choice.

Learn how to make your own natural remedies for your herbal medicine cabinet in this practical workshop. Late summer is a wonderful time for harvesting herbs for medicine making, many of which you will find in your own back yards. In this workshop we will focus on cooling herbal preparations that support wellness in the hot summer days:

-Forage and identify herbs in the forest garden
-Make an antiseptic remedy for your first aid kit and a soothing herbal gel for sunburn, bites and rashes
-Enjoy a herbal smoothie, refreshing herbal drinks and food while you learn the skills to make your own potent herbal medicines.

-Afternoon tea food and drinks
-Herbs and equipment for medicine making

Take home:
-Herbal antiseptic remedy
-Soothing herbal gel

Date: Saturday 24th February 2018
Time: 10 - 5pm
Location: Omata, New Plymouth

Cost: $85. Tickets available for purchase on our website.

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Boomerang Bags Sew-a-thon
10:00 AM10:00

Boomerang Bags Sew-a-thon

Come along for an hour or 4 - totally up to you. Help Taranaki Enviroschools sew reusable bags for the community. You even get to take one home. 

We also need help with stamping the pockets, cutting materials & ironing. 

If you want to bring your own machine that's fine ,otherwise machines will be available to use. 

You could even learn a new skill :-)

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Community Guided Snorkel Day
9:00 AM09:00

Community Guided Snorkel Day

Experience Marine Reserves - Ngamotu Beach Community Guided Snorkel Day

Come and see the amazing underwater life at Ngamotu Beach if you look carefully you might see- Sea cucumbers, starfish, Sea anemone, variety of fish and so much more. 

Free fun for the whole family, come and learn how to snorkel no experience required. We have all the gear you need just bring your togs, towel and drink/food. There will also be information displays by Nga Motu Marine Reserves Society

Big thanks to our supporters, sponsors and volunteers who make this day possible including; Port Taranaki, DOCF funding, Wild for Taranaki, DOC, Seaweek 2017 and Oceans Alive NZ.

In case of bad weather or poor water visibility the postponement date is Saturday 16th December keep an eye on this event where we will post postponement information the Thursday beforehand. 

If you would to volunteer as a snorkel guide or would like more information please contact Denise dgoodman@doc.govt.nz


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Food Forest Planning and Planting
to Dec 10

Food Forest Planning and Planting



· What is it and why do I need it?

· Products of a food forest

· Key features

· 7 layers of a food forest

· Planting for fertility

· Site analysis – sun angles, sectors, shelter, water and soil

· Ground preparation, planning and maintenance

· Plant propagation

· Timing of planting

· Designing the layers

· Identifying site specific plants

· Using design tools

· Completing a design


2 day weekend course – 9-10 December 2017. Cost $200 per person or $300 for two people learning together. Places are limited to 15. Cost includes morning and afternoon tea.


Practical and theory sessions based on an urban permaculture property in New Plymouth which has a fledgeling food forest.

For more information contact: Dee Turner: 0211252035 or derinatur@hotmail.com

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George Mason Scholarship Lectures
3:00 PM15:00

George Mason Scholarship Lectures

George Mason Scholarship Lectures

Date: Wed 22 Nov 2017
Time: 3pm
Venue: Taranaki Research Centre, Puke Ariki
Event Type: Workshops, Talks, Conferences
Town: New Plymouth

The George Mason scholarships are awarded annually to enable young graduates to pursue a course of study relating to the Taranaki region and its natural world. 

PhD student Olivier Laroche is carrying out research into how environmental monitoring of offshore mining activities can be improved. He will discuss how his method could reduce analysis costs and allow more frequent and rapid reporting, something of crucial importance given the projected expansion of offshore mining activities.
University of Auckland PhD student Catriona Thompson will also speak about her north Taranaki based research which charts the impact of wave impact forcing on cliff recession. 

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Composting, Worm Farms, and Mulching Workshop - Opunake
9:00 AM09:00

Composting, Worm Farms, and Mulching Workshop - Opunake

Have you ever wanted to compost your own garden waste and food scraps? Find a way to integrate composting, worm farming and mulching into your garden life cycle with horticulture expert, Dee Turner, as she digs deeper into various methods to suit all types of backyard needs. She will also explore ways to save waste and water in the garden. What better time to get started? Discover a range of different composting systems, their effectiveness and the ratios needed to create the correct balance. Uncover the secrets of vermiculture and put those red wigglers to work. 

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