Finalists: Team Gold
Nature Connections is all about people - it brings together ten of the region's best-known eco-assets - Wellington Zoo and Zealandia (lead partners), Pukaha Mount Bruce, Staglands Wildlife Reserve, DOC/Kaitiaki Harbour Islands Board, Wellington Botanic Garden, Otari-Wilton's Bush, Kaitoke Regional Park, Battle Hill Farm Forest Park and Nga Manu Nature Reserve - and helps them to work, train and share knowledge within a managed framework.
Central to the project's success is building trust, building capacity, building capability and building a strong network that stretches across the region: turning competitors into colleagues. By the end of this year, Nature Connections will have empowered 46 staff to become a sustainable team of trainers back at their own site - increasing their networks, their skills and their confidence as presenters and visitor advocates along the way.
Project Manager, Amy Hughes, General Manager Community Engagement at Wellington Zoo tells us: "We are very proud that Nature Connections has been recognised as truly innovative collaborative project by our industry peers, having been the subject of conference papers at the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums conference, and the Zoo and Aquarium Association Australasia conference where it was selected as a session for further workshop discussion."
Learn more: www.natureconnections.org.nz