The event was organised by a committee of young volunteers who aimed to promote local flora and fauna and inspire students to pursue careers in conservation. Sixty students from the University of Waikato, Hamilton high schools and local home school groups came along to hear from young people who work in biodiversity-related areas.
I gave a talk about NZ's epiphytes, their ecology and the exciting methods of studying them. Two fabulous arborists even came along to provide an interesting and quite simply awesome tree climbing demonstration.
I'd like to thank Marcus and Mike for coming along for the climb as well as our amazing organising committee and the Waikato Biodiversity Forum for making this event possible.