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Every year the Centre and it's environs are enjoyed by hundreds of people - young and old, from near and far. 

Students (mostly from the USA) and staff of EcoQuest are regular users of the Centre, where they base some of their interactive 'Ecology in Action' field studies from.  Their strong ties to the Centre and the Canterbury Environmental Trust go way back, with Director Ria Brejaart and Jono Clark being founding members of the Trust.  Read more from Ria about their work creating 'Catalysts for Sustainability through Education and Research'

And here's what some more US visitors had to say earlier in the year:
"Our Kentucky Centre College group was a university course focused on invasive species. During our time at Craigieburn we learned about the beech tree masting cycles, how common wasps are disrupting the natural beech forest foodwebs, did bird watches in the beech and pine forests, visited lakes like Grasmere that have non-native freshwater species such as trout and didymo, and helped for part of a day to remove some wilding pine. All of the students were from the U.S. and most from Kentucky and thoroughly enjoyed exploring the Canterbury high country and learn about the challenges NZ is facing with invasive species and the significant efforts that have been done to manage their impact.  Thank you again for all your help!"  Mark
Kea, the iconic bird of the Southern Alps, are now unfortunately on the endangered list, so we are trying all we can do to reverse this disturbing trend. The Trust recently donated $1000 to the Arthur's Pass Kea Team, getting rights to name two of the kea on their database.  Check them out here: Whakatoi (cheeky) & Kerewa (clever).
Work Parties
As you read above, the Centre gets heaps of use and hence needs a whole lot of love!   We have two work parties a year, in Spring and Autumn and the next one is Saturday 28th October.  All willing hands and supporters welcome!  Your travel costs are covered and snacks provided.   Please contact Ollie: / phone 027 333 9252
Is it a lantern?  A decoration??  No, it's a trap for a Queen...wasp, that it.   The Centre is ringed with 10 of these, purchased by the Trust to lure and capture queen wasps as they emerge from their hibernation to establish their nests for the season. Every queen captured means one less nest full of marauding wasp workers!

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Craigieburn Environment Centre · 3 York Street · Waltham · Christchurch, Canterbury 8023 · New Zealand

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