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Forest & Bird Youth is a nationwide network of young people (aged 14-25) who are protecting and restoring Aotearoa's wildlife and wild places.

Forest & Bird Youth

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By harnessing their passion to create change, they are inspiring and involving young people to protect planet earth and do their part to reverse the crisis facing nature in New Zealand.

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Our vision: Empowered rangatahi actively engaged in our connection to Te Taiao and in the fight for our future.
Our mission: To take action for nature as youth, with youth, for youth.

How does it work?

Our National Network is made up of Forest & Bird Youth Hubs, created and run by young people, for young people. Some meet up in person and contribute their time to running events or to local conservation projects, while others meet up online to discuss environmental issues or run advocacy campaigns. There is no limit on how many hubs a young person can be involved in, and hubs can be formed around any interest area. Forest & Bird Youth also work together as a wider national group.

By connecting with Forest & Bird Branches and others, they can share and develop their skills, improve knowledge of conservation issues, and gain experience working in the field. Youth Leaders also receive opportunities to develop their leadership skills, such as attending Forest & Bird's Annual Conference in Wellington.

The programme is funded through a Forest & Bird Youth Fund and supported by a Youth Support Coordinator based at National Office. 

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Members of Forest & Bird Youth from around New Zealand comment on what they learned at the AGM and conference in Wellington, as well as their ideas on how they would like to see Forest & Bird grow and change in the future.

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Want to start your own
Forest & Bird Youth Hub?

Contact our Youth Support Coordinator to find out more about how you and other young people can get engaged in conservation issues with a Youth Hub in your area, or, around your area of interest. 

Nature needs your support

Supporting Forest & Bird is one of the best things you can do for New Zealand's environment. We need people like you to support us, so that nature will always have a voice.