South Coast Environment Society


We're a highly energised group managing a vibrant Environment Centre and many innovative projects " Environmental Inspiration and action"

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Our Environment Centre in Riverton is venue for many active local groups including an organic food co-operative, Riverton Estuary Care, and Riverton Organic Growers.

We run festivals and projects, such as the annual Heritage Harvest Festival and the Open Orchard project, and provide information on how to live sustainably.

We have an impressive array of other projects and initiatives have been able to develop . These include their Seed savers network, Southland wide adult and childrens education and are establishing Heritage Orcahrd parks throughout Southland. Our latest ins the Longwood Loop a re-localising project for resilience economic benefit of isolated rural areas.

Full list of projects you can donate to is on our website, let us know which project you want to support:

More about us

The South Coast Environment Society (SCES) was formed in 1996 to operate the newly established Riverton Environment Centre in Southland. The Centre provides a base for and support the three pre-existing groups, Riverton Estuary Care, Riverton Organic Gardeners, and Riverton Organic Food Co-op.

With educational displays in the Centre the Society promotes environmental awareness on a broad range of topics.They have an impressive array of other projects and initiatives have been able to develop that otherwise would have been difficult to facilitate without such a base: Southland Seed Savers, Open Orchard Project, their annual Heritage Harvest Festival to name a few.

The Society has provided constant and reliable management for the Centre, making it the oldest continuously running Environment Centre in New Zealand and in 2016 was judged as the best Environment Centre in NZ by the Ministry for the Environment.

Latest update

Help us meet the demand for our projects and services  20 February 2020

Posted by: South Coast Environment Society

Times have changed and all our projects and services are in high demand from Southlanders, New Zealanders, travelers and the world.

We need to move up from a small business model with 40 paid hours and 70 voluntary hours a week which is no longer enough to do our projects justice.

We have been achieving highly with National recognition for many years, but now we are in danger of volunteer and staff burnout as our workload has tripled in the last three years.

We are busy applying for local and national funds for our projects but have limited success due to our small rural population base,and, even though our projects are saving biodiversity, education and heritage plants and skills, they aren't seen as a neat match with present grant requirements.

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Ben on 31 Jan 2020
Good work, keep it going!
South Coast Environment Society

Thank you for your support Ben, it is very appreciated!

South Coast Environment Society
margo on 29 Sep 2019
Excited by your Longwood Loop concept and interested for our Motueka Valley Community. Many thanks . Margo Crick
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Guest Donor on 29 Jul 2019
Your work is vital. Thank you.
South Coast Environment Society

Thank you so much for your very generous donation! We appreciate your support.

South Coast Environment Society
Kristen & Alex
Kristen & Alex on 24 Apr 2019
South Coast Environment Society

Thank you so much for your donation! We appreciate your support.

South Coast Environment Society
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Guest Donor on 21 Apr 2018

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