Take action for the environment

Join community environment projects, from dune restoration to wildlife rehab and contribute to community gardens and citizen science.

We can make a difference if we work together

Our Environment Community Program is all about getting people involved in urban biodiversity and citizen science projects around our local area. We want to grow the number of people participating by 50% from 2014 levels.

There are plenty of things you can do to help the environment. Whether you’re volunteering with one of the groups below or just making some small changes to your home and garden, if we all pitch in we can make a huge difference.

Groups and communities you can join

This group meets for one hour on Monday mornings to collect rubbish and to weed the sand dunes. They also observe plants and animals, and in winter they help revegetate the sand dunes. The group meets at the car park opposite Fort Largs on Lady Gowrie Drive, Taperoo.

This group meets once every three weeks on a Sunday morning to restore coastal dune habitat. They meet at the North Haven Surf Life Saving car park.

This group works on revegetation projects along Dry Creek from Thomas Turner Reserve, Valley View to Walkley Heights. They have also installed some wildlife boxes in trees to help attract native animals.

This group builds community connections, raises awareness about the importance of the native landscape and works to improve the cooling and greening of the Ottoway neighbourhood.

This group have been championing the natural, social and built environments of the Port Adelaide region for 30 years.

This group restores and protects areas of native vegetation. They teach new skills at bushcare workshops and run regular bush action days at sites at R B Connelly Reserve and Folland Park.

This group revives local wetlands and sand dunes by supporting community volunteers to repair and replant the local area. Their current focus is the Magazine Creek Wetlands, where they organise litter clean-ups and care for young plants.

This group protects the shorelines of the Port River and Barker Inlet Estuary to help reduce flooding caused by rising sea levels.

This group runs projects that will improve local fish habitat, for example by rehabilitating seagrass or building oyster reefs.

This is a volunteer-run facility that is licensed to rescue, rehabilitate and release seabirds, seals and sea turtles. They have treated hundreds of injured animals, making sure that they have a speedy recovery and successfully releasing them back into the wild.

This group preserves, conserves, promotes and enhances the environmental, historical and cultural heritage of Torrens Island.

Projects you can get involved with

You can get involved with citizen science projects in your local area, like recording native plants and animals. This helps us know what we need to do to make our environment better.

Birdlife Australia runs the annual Aussie Backyard Bird Count in October every year. Download the most recent bird count data or get involved by downloading the Aussie Bird Count App and then get counting!

iNaturalist helps you identify the plants and animals around you. Get connected to a community of over a million scientists and naturalists, who can help you learn more about nature. By downloading and taking recordings with iNaturalist, you’ll create research data that scientists can use to understand and protect nature.

Grow it Local makes growing food simple, social and fun. Sign up as a member and get access to free organic seeds and gardening workshops.

Community gardens give you access to fresh and healthy produce and help you improve your mental and physical health while reducing your carbon footprint. They also teach you new skills, like how to compost and reduce food waste. You’ll be better connected to nature and you’ll be helping beautify your local community, so head down to your local community garden to get involved.

This study records and analyses pollution around Victoria Road and works out what we can do to keep people safe. You can find out more about the study and volunteering from the Environmental Protection Agency.