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Forest & Bird Youth

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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.

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.

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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 are able to 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 the Annual Conference in Wellington.

The programme is funded through a Forest & Bird Youth Fund and supported by a Youth Advisor 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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Youth in Auckland involved in seabird event

Forest & Bird Youth in Auckland is interested in getting young people to protect and restore the environment in Auckland.

They have an on-going restoration project at Hosking's Reserve in Albany where they are doing plantings, trapping for predators, and removing weeds.

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Youth in Climate March

Forest & Bird Youth's Campaigns Hub is passionate about influencing the political landscape to ensure nature is protected and restored by our decision makers.

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Forest & Bird Youth from Wellington stand in protest against oil.

Forest & Bird Youth in Wellington is involved in environmental projects and events throughout the Wellington Region. 

They aim to provide young people with access to opportunities, development, and collaboration.

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Christchurch Youth HUB at waterfall on 2018 trip

Forest and Bird Youth in Christchurch is committed to engaging young people with environmental initiatives. They participate in volunteering projects and are actively involved with the region's environmental issues.

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Forest & Bird Youth Taupo-Rotorua

Forest and Bird Youth in Rotorua and Taupō is passionate about trapping, restoration work, and clean-ups.

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National Youth Hui 2019

We got so much out of coming together to help with Operation Tidy Fox in 2019, that we plan to do more nation-wide activities going forward.

Our Online Action Team is putting on some great digital events, competitions, and projects in 2020.


Youth Northland planting event


This is a new Hub for 2020. We are currently looking for more young people to join our leadership team.

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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 can get young people engaged in conservation issues with a Youth Hub in your area. 

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.