Eye On Nature is an award-winning* environmental education event held annually at the Auckland Botanic Gardens.
Find out all about our previous Eye On Nature events:Eye On Nature 2015
Eye On Nature 2014
Eye On Nature 2013
Eye On Nature returns to the Auckland Botanic Gardens in April 2016.
FREE FAMILY DAY
There's our huge FREE family day on Saturday 9 April from 11am-8pm with activities, games and entertainment for all ages.
1500 primary school children will enjoy our school-only days from 5-7 April - we will bus them to and from the event where they will explore our Water For Life theme with educator-led sessions, games and activities. Invitations will be sent to all schools in Auckland's southern region shortly, with registrations accepted on a first-in, first-served basis. This is a very popular event, and it costs schools nothing - so get in quick!
Each year we give students an opportunity to unleash their creativity at our Eye On Nature school competitions. In 2016 our hugely popular Wearable Arts Competition will return to the catwalk, entries in our Creative Art Competition will be on display, and you can see secondary school students pit their culinary skills against each other in our Cooking Competition.
The success of large outdoor events like Eye On Nature depends largely on the help of volunteers. If you would like to become involved in this fun, educational and environmentally aware event, complete our volunteer registration form or contact Barbara Carney 269 4080.
Eye On Nature surpassed big name events like Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines and Wellington Jazz Festival to win the prestigious ‘highly commended’ award at the 2014 New Zealand Association of Event Professionals Event Awards.
Graeme Bakker, Manager of the Manukau Beautification Charitable Trust, was thrilled to make the finals in the 'Best Emerging Event' category, among many top Kiwi events. “This award means so much. It’s a huge boost to the trust and the South Auckland community. Eye on Nature is the first event of its kind in New Zealand, and we have waiting lists of schools wanting to take part every year – so it’s just great to be recognised nationally like this.
“A huge amount of hard work and passion from the team - including hundreds of volunteers - goes into making the event such a success. It all pays off when we see the thrill children get from happily letting bees fly around them or watching their art creations walk down the runway at the Wearable Arts Fashion Show, but being rewarded at such a respected event is just the icing on the cake,” he said.
To get Eye on Nature off the ground, the Manukau Beautification Charitable Trust brought together 24 environmental organisations as partners and six of Auckland Council’s Southern Locals Boards and the Auckland Botanic Gardens as sponsors.