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Adelaide National Park City

50 ways to get involved in Adelaide's National Park City movement

Here are 50 ways that you can connect with nature and each other as part of the Adelaide National Park City movement.

We’ve got you covered with activities outdoors and indoors, as well as at home, school and work.

Outdoors

1. Explore parks, gardens, forests and wetlands you haven’t visited before.

2. Walk or cycle in a local park, national park, along a trail or around a reservoir.

3. Relax with a picnic somewhere green and shady.

4. Paddle a kayak on a reservoir, lake or the ocean.

5. Discover the beautiful Botanic Gardens of South Australia at Mount Lofty, Wittunga or in Adelaide.

6. Grow food and meet others doing the same in a community garden or within your neighbourhood.

7.  Volunteer with a group and care for nature near you.

8. Swim, play, wander, beachcomb and builds and castles at the beach.

9. Camp under the stars and see the sun set and rise.

10. Enjoy events and activities in our many festivals throughout the year.

11. Walk at night and experience the world differently.

12. Snorkel around reefs and in our marine sanctuaries.

13. Get involved in outdoor sports and fitness activities.

Indoors

14. Enjoy watching nature documentaries and films.

15. Read books, stories, poems, papers or magazines about the natural world or create your own.

16. Learn some Kaurna words through the Kaurna Language Hub.

17.  Play games that encourage observation, critical thinking and new ideas.

18. Make a nature journal with observations and findings about your life in nature.

19. Draw or paint your local places, people, plants and animals.

At home

20. Conserve energy by switching off lights and devices not in use, use LED lights and insulate your home.

21. Refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose, recycle and cut out plastics wherever possible.

22. Support your local economy and reduce carbon emissions by purchasing local products and produce.

23. Plant a garden in your yard, or add pot plants to your balcony, window sill or living areas.

24. Compost green waste into your garden for healthier soil.

25. Make a birdbath, pond, lizard lounge or insect hotel.

26. Attract native birds, insects and other animals to your garden with local native plants.

27. Provide habitat and shelter such as bird and bat boxes.

28. Work with your local council to care for your verge.

29. Remove and replace weedy plants in your garden.

30. Share your garden produce and ideas with neighbours.

31. Get involved with citizen science projects near you.

At school

32. Learn about the plants and animals in your local area.

33. Engage with the Kaurna Community and learn about culture, places, plants and animals in a different way.

34. Write or tell stories about your experiences in nature.

35. Read books about nature.

36. Research the natural and cultural histories of your area.

37. Create artwork, plays or music about people and nature.

38. Inspect insects, leaves and other things in your school environment using a magnifying glass or microscope.

39. Rewild your grounds for butterflies, birds and frogs.

40. Form a student environment group to help reduce waste and energy, and create more natural spaces.

41. Design a nature play space, sensory patch or food garden to share and enjoy.

42. Celebrate and share your learning about the natural world with your local community.

At work

43. Discover the health and productivity benefits of working with natural outlooks and surroundings.

44. Promote walking and outdoor meetings.

45. Design buildings with access to nature for everyone.

46. Grow plants on balconies, rooftops and walls.

47. Engage in team building activities in nature.

48. Share eco-friendly business ideas with your networks.

49. Procure with care: reduce, reuse, repurpose, recycle.

50. Celebrate special days such as World Wetlands Day (2 February), World Environment Day (5 June), World Oceans Day (8 June), National Threatened Species Day (7 September), National Biodiversity Month (September), World Habitat Day (4 October).

Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question that isn't answered here?
Is this just for the Adelaide CBD?

Adelaide National Park City covers all of Greater Adelaide. This includes Salisbury in the north, Aldinga to the south, Burnside in the east, and Grange to the west, plus the city centre.

What can I do to help?

You can join the movement by:

I've got ideas! Where should I send them?

We'd love to hear your ideas and your outdoor stories. Send us an email.

What is the Adelaide National Park City Charter?

The Adelaide National Park City Charter is an agreement on a shared vision for the future of a city. By signing the Charter, you are formally joining the Adelaide National Park City movement.

Why Adelaide?
Adelaide has been consistently rated as one of the world’s most liveable cities.

We have amazing food and wine, great heritage buildings, accessible coastlines, pockets of wilderness, beautiful hills and parks.