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'Final event of EcoFest a success'

👉 Did you attend Beautification Trust's Eye on Nature EcoFest?? 🌿

Conscious Kids was lucky enough to be a part of their last event, alongside the amazing Eel Whisperer, AKA Brent Condon, and united for an awesome lunch thanks to the generosity and support from the @papatoetoefoodhub 🍽

Kids and families joined and took part in an awesome day filled with flax weaving, clay creations and testing their senses by taking part in our blindfolded kai challenge and to top it all off joined us with roasting marshmallows on the fire and some yummy hot choc. How good! 🤩

Thank you so much to the @beautificationtrust for having us, we can't wait to be back!

And thank you to Times for including our team in your article 😁😁

Read it below or click the link to visit the original article!


Final event of EcoFest a success

May 3, 2022

Kids enjoying activities at the final event of EcoFest. Photo Deane Cohen.

The Beautification Trust’s month-long free out door and online festival, Eye on Nature EcoFest, had its final event on Friday (April 29).

The day was full of fun and enjoyment featured morning workshops from the Eel Whisperer (nickname for Brent Condon, who nurtures and practices kaitiakitanga for urban water ecology within Auckland’s urban streams), hāngī and vege curry for lunch provided for morning workshop participants by Papatoetoe Food Hub, and creative activities and campfire connections with Conscious Kids (a free play nature programme for kids) with “marshmallows and hot chocolate to end the afternoon with warm fuzzies”.

The Beautification Trust told the Times that it was a “fantastic fun day of learning about and meeting some tuna (native eels), flax weaving, clay moulding and kai taste testing with whānau from across south and east Auckland”.

“It was wonderful seeing so many smiling faces and the looks of wonder and delight as we learned and created together.

“We’re grateful to our partners who collaborated to deliver this special, free school holiday event. It wouldn’t have been possible without: The Eel Whisperer, Conscious Kids NZ, Papatoetoe Food Hub, Auckland Botanic Gardens.”

The Eye on Nature EcoFest had been organised at a whirlwind pace to replace the annual Eye on Nature Whānau Day, a gala-style event, which was cancelled for 2022 due to Covid safety concerns.

Running from 2 April to 1 May 2022, Eye on Nature EcoFest featured small, Covid-friendly, hands-on workshops, educational displays and a fun-filled activity trail at the Auckland Botanic Gardens, as well as online workshops and activities.

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