Motuihe Island provides diverse opportunities for visitors to take part in a community project involved in ecological restoration. Visitors can experience rare and endangered native species only 30 minutes from Downtown Auckland and they can learn about the island's heritage and role in the story of the Hauraki Gulf.

Since 2000 many of the visitors to Motuihe have contributed to the restoration work and experienced the impressive progress that can be made when hundreds of volunteers work together. Every year, volunteers expand their skills in ecological restoration and their knowledge of native species. As the forest matures and biodiversity increases, there will be increasing opportunities for primary, secondary and tertiary students to engage in experiential learning, independent action and study in support of courses in Science, Biology and Education for Sustainability.

A large number of volunteers are currently involved in "Citizen Science" monitoring programmes to provide data on the population dynamics of some of our translocated species.