• Patrick McBride

Conservation Week Event 23rd August 2020

The South Island / Te Wai Pounamu as never seen before … on a giant floor map so big it fills the Greymouth High School hall. Putting Nature on the Map, will be held from 11am - 4pm on

Sunday 23rd August at Greymouth High School Hall.

This incredibly large map will showcase the natural geographical wonders of the South Island

and has to be seen to be believed.

People will be able to walk over the giant map and

- follow the great rivers from source to sea,

- find and discover our National Parks,

- climb the mountains of the Southern Alps,

- complete nature adventure challenges with goodie packs for under 12s, and

- go on journeys of discovery with local storytellers on penguins, kiwi, kea, wild rivers,

backcountry huts and landscape scale PF2050 projects.

West Coast conservation, nature restoration and outdoor recreational groups will have stands

around the map, sharing information, activities and volunteering opportunities.

Further information

The map is truly enormous at approximately 18m x 6m and is made up of adjoined 1:50,000

scale topographical maps. With the classic cartography used on NZ topo maps it forms a work

of art. This is the first time the 1:50,000 scale topographical maps have been put together of

the entire South Island (including Stewart Island/Rakiura) and is likely to be a once in a lifetime

experience. There will be opportunities for spectacular photos and videos. Wide angle lenses

and long camera poles will assist in gaining the best images.

The event is organised by the West Coast branch of Forest & Bird and the Kiwi Conservation

Club (KCC). It is a free drop-in event and everyone is welcome.

Map is shoes-off so wear your favourite socks.

Parental/caregiver supervision required for under 14s.

For more information, contact westcoast@kcc.org.nz m:028 415 6994 or 03 755 4250

This event is part of Conservation Week 2020.