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7 Nature Festival events being held in and around South Australia's national parks

Nature Festival is around the corner. Get involved in these events being held in SA’s national parks and beyond.

Each year, Nature Festival aims to bring our society closure to nature, and in a time of climate change, bushfires, and global pandemics this is more important than ever.

From September 25 to October 4, you’ll be able to immerse yourself in events and experiences to celebrate your love of nature – both in national parks and in the broader South Australian environment.

We’ve scoured the program and found these seven events and activities that bring you up close and personal with our environment and animals (make sure you check the program for others):

1. Self-guided Environmental Walk – Inner Harbour, Port Adelaide

Explore Port River with the self-guided Environmental Walk on the Visit Port Adelaide app.

On this self-guided walk, find out more about the Port River's tides, shellfish, dolphins, mangroves, coastal plants and birds.

The 2.8 km walk begins at the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary display, located in the outside courtyard of the Visitors Information Centre on Commercial Road.

Event details: This event is self-guided and can be done at any time. Suggested times for the walk are between 9am and 6pm.

2. Things to notice along the SA coastline

See what you might encounter in marine parks and along the SA coastline in this free guide developed by Nature Play SA.

From sandy shorelines and rolling dunes to cliff tops and rock pools, there are so many things to notice along the SA coastline.

See how many of our coastal treasures you can find – you never know what else you may encounter!

Event details: This event is self-guided and can be done at any time.

3. Cubbies by the Creek in Belair National Park

Discover our special creek-side cubby space, spot local wildlife, and play to your wild heart’s content at Belair National Park.

You be given piles of sticks, bundles of hessian, and oodles of rope to construct your cubby house.

Event details: This event is on 29 September. There is a morning session from 10am – 12pm or an afternoon session from 1pm – 3pm. Booking is essential.

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4. Great Southern BioBlitz

The Great Southern BioBlitz sets out to increase biodiversity awareness through citizen science.

The Great Southern BioBlitz is an international period of intense biological surveying in an attempt to record all the living species within several designated areas across the Southern Hemisphere using the free app iNaturalist Australia.

There are a range of BioBlitz events you can participate in, from Bird Watching Challenges, to looking out for wild plants and animals in your backyard. You can head to the beach to try beachcombing, or get outdoors at night to search for moths.  

Event details: This event is self-guided and can be done at any time.

5. Nature Weaving in Belair National Park

Join park rangers and artist Rebecca McEwan in celebrating our engagement with nature by weaving natural materials through a large tree weaving loom.

Held in Belair National Park, the event there will be time to reflect on what nature means to you, with an opportunity to weave your own words and thoughts into the loom.

Don’t miss out on participating or viewing the nature loom as the park’s rangers will take it down afterwards and leave no trace.

Materials will be collected by rangers from park maintenance sites around the park, so please do not bring your own.

Event details: This event is on 4 October, from 11am – 2pm.

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6. Birding Walking Tours, Belair National Park

Bird walking tours are a fun, family activity to connect with nature and have some friendly competition to see who can spot the most species on their tour.

Head along to Belair National Park and bring your binoculars if you have some, otherwise there will be some available to lend for the tour.

One-hour walking birding tours depart at 10.15am, 11.30am and 12.45pm, however numbers are limited so you’ll need to pre-book.

Event details: This event is on 27 September, from 10am – 1.30pm.

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7. Plant Hunters Walk,  Mount Lofty Botanic Garden

Learn about the secrets entwined in the garden’s plant collections while enjoying the beauty of Mount Lofty Botanic Garden, in one of the oldest activities of mankind.

Plant hunters had to be tough to survive the conditions they faced in far-flung corners of the world – they survived shipwrecks, sieges, slavery and battled with pirates and escaped convicts, all while on their explorations.

The story of the plant collection at Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens is enriched by this history.

Please note, this event involves walking up steep slopes and requires a moderate level of fitness.

Event details: This event is on 29 September, from 2pm – 3.30pm.

Want more ideas of fun ways to connect with nature in South Australia? Check out the Good Living ‘See and Do’ library for stories on everything from whale-watching and camping to gardening and mountain biking. 

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