For over 30 years, Forest & Bird’s Kiwi Conservation Club | Hakuturi Toa (KCC) has been connecting Kiwi kids to New Zealand’s amazing wildlife and wild places.
KCC now has over 5,000 members throughout Aotearoa New Zealand. Join in the fun and help us get the next generation protecting our wildlife and wild places.
Starting at just $24/year, members receive:
- Our quarterly Wild Things magazine. The magazines are aimed at ages 5-13 years and make topics like wild rivers, marine reserves and worms understandable, engaging and fun using a range of articles and activities. Each issue also contains calls-to-action, so that kids and families can use their hands, eyes, and voice to make a real difference for nature.
- The opportunity to go on KCC Adventures anywhere in the country. In most places around New Zealand, volunteer coordinators (KCOs) arrange outings/meet-ups for members to explore their local beaches, forests and everywhere in between. Some clubs also get involved in local conservation projects like tree planting, creating lizard gardens or making nesting boxes for little blue penguins. Find out what events have happened in the past HERE.
- Entry to our various nationwide challenges, projects and competitions; to be a Youth Reporter on our blog; and to maybe even get published in Wild Things!
- For more information on our different memberships, visit our Membership Options page.
Forest and Bird/KCC COVID-19 Policy:
Forest & Bird prioritises the health and wellbeing of its staff, volunteers and members and has now introduced a vaccination policy which means only people who have been vaccinated can participate in Forest & Bird activities involving in-person contact with others. This applies to both staff-led and volunteer-led activities (branches and National Projects), Forest & Bird Youth and KCC. It also applies to all staff, contractors and visitors to Forest & Bird offices, reserves and other sites. Right now, being vaccinated means having had at least one shot two weeks or more previously. From Friday 19 November, the Policy requires both vaccinations two weeks or more previously. This Policy has been introduced because we believe it’s the right things to do and to ensure the health and safety of Forest & Bird employees, volunteers, contractors and others we interact with (in line with our duties under the Health and Safety at Work Act). Vaccination isn’t a guarantee that you won’t get infected, become ill or pass on the virus, but it does reduce the probability. This requirement is additional to the other protocols we already have in place, including physical distancing, mask-wearing and hand-washing.
If anyone aged 12, or older (including any attending adults), wishes to participate in Kiwi Conservation Club events they must therefore be vaccinated. Our registration forms will therefore require confirmation that all participants aged 12 or over have been fully vaccinated.
In addition, to adhere to Forest & Bird Level 2 guidelines for their events you must
- Maintain a 2m physical distance at all times with people outside your bubble at events
- Wear a mask
- Not attend if you have any Covid symptoms
- Not attend if you have been to a place of interest, you are a close contact of a person with Covid or are awaiting the results of a Covid test.
- Complete a KCC registration form, and any further contact tracing opportunities.
KCC events will be limited to 50 people within an indoor venue and 100 for an outdoor event. These numbers may be further limited if required to ensure social distancing of 2 metres.
Forest & Bird constantly reviews its policies and the advice that is provided to them which may lead the requirements to attend KCC events may change further.
If you have questions around Forest & Bird’s health and safety policies, please don’t hesitate to contact our Conservation Health & Safety Advisor, Paul Barnett email@example.com