Have you ever wondered how to use a compass or why NZ has so many species not found anywhere else? The Department of Conservation have created eight training modules featuring the core principles of their work. The modules are free and on their website for anyone to use.
I recently did two of them in anticipation of attending a Plant Identification workshop.
The Natural Heritage module is in three parts covering terms and concepts, NZ's unique biodiversity, and DoC's approach to managing the environment.
The other was the Field Skills module and covered more practical things like maps, compasses and GPS skills.
Both had loads of information, probably more than anyone can absorb. All the courses are worth a look if you are even remotely interested in ecology, wildlife, predator control or field skills. If you've never done any conservation work, this is a good way to dip your toes in it without getting wet.