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Whānau Day with Department of Conservation

Join Te Papa and the Department of Conservation in protecting our unique natural environment with a day full of free, fun whānau friendly activities.

  • When | Āhea Sun 1 Nov 2020, 10.00am–3.00pm
  • Where | Ki hea
    Te Taiao I Nature, Level 2
  • Cost | Te utu Free event

Drop-in for fun free family activities in Te Taiao | Nature. Explore Bush City with a magnifying glass, meet a conservation dog, and learn all about how we can protect Aotearoa’s native wildlife.


Crafts: Make your own nature journal
10am–3pm, Wellington Foyer, Level 2

Start your journey as a kaitiaki

  kaitiakicaretakerMāori | Noun
by making your own nature journal, then head over to Bush City to explore and record your observations.

Collaborative art project: My nature memories
10am–3pm, Wellington Foyer, Level 2

What are your favourite nature memories? Join our collaborative art project by drawing or writing your most memorable moments in te taiao

  te taiaonatureMāori | Noun
on the Wellington Foyer window.

Face painting
10am–3pm Wellington Foyer, Level 2

Free, Te Taiao-themed face or body painting available for children and adults alike throughout the day.

Puppet Show: The Penguin and the Sea Monster
11–11.30am, Te Papa Hui I Backyard, Level 2

A starry eyed story about protecting our moana

  moanaoceansMāori | Noun
from plastic and a little blue penguin who seeks help from the night sky when his friend is captured by a sea monster.

Explore Bush City with Te Papa’s scientists
11.30am–12pm and 12.30pm–1pm, Amphitheatre Level 1

Join Te Papa’s science team for a family-friendly tour of Bush City. Kids, bring your nature journal along to record your observations.

Meet a Conservation Dog!
12–12.30pm, Bush City Kiosk, Level 2

Come along to Bush City Kiosk to learn how dogs can help us to protect Aotearoa’s unique nature.

Ask an Expert session
1–2.30pm, Te Papa Hui I Backyard, Level 2

Ask experts from Te Papa and the Department of Conservation all your nature-related questions! This session is NZSL interpreted.

Supervision and photographs

Kids must be accompanied by an adult for all activities.

Filming and photography by Te Papa may take place at this event. The material might be shared online or through social media.

Please let the event manager or a Te Papa host know if you or a child you are responsible for does not wish to be photographed or filmed.


This event has been organised in partnership with the Department of Conservation.