Children and helpers from Huimai Playcentre had a great time exploring the bush and critters at Pukemokemoke Reserve recently.
The budding biologists completed a treasure hunt, spotting intricate spider webs, cicada shells, birds and trees along the way.
And of course there was time to take time out and have a breather in the rotunda.
“Thank you to those volunteers who look after and preserve Pukemokemoke for our whanau and generations to come.”
The Friends of Pukemokemoke Bush Reserve won the NZ Plant Conservation Network’s community plant conservation project category last year. Working bees are held every month, tackling pest plants, planting trees and maintaining tracks.
Delighted with the national recognition, chairman Warwick Silvester said the real rewards lay elsewhere – “To watch the way in which children value the experience and are learning about the environment at the reserve is something that we especially value,” he said at the time.
“Our main reward is in the many happy faces of runners, walkers, picnickers and children who appreciate what a good piece of native bush can look like.”
The David Johnstone Pukemokemoke Bush Reserve is a 40ha remnant of lowland native forest located on the Whitikahu Rd, Tauhei.