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Adelaide Nature Festival: September 25 – October 4

From running in the sprinkler or finding autumn leaves for craft projects in our own backyards, to journeying into the great outdoors on a family camping trip to the Flinders Ranges, nature is such an integral part of the lives of our children.

We want to get our kiddos out there experiencing the sounds and sights of nature, and interacting with it in new and different ways.

And there’s never been a better time to explore our beautiful state and engage with nature, with a new festival set to be launched in the September/October school holidays, with a focus on adventuring and experiencing our natural environment  – The Nature Festival.

A new festival for South Australia

The Nature Festival is a 10 day program of activities and experiences all dedicated to celebrating South Australian nature in positive, creative, and meaningful ways.

With more than 80 events for all ages, the Nature Festival is full of creative ways to connect with others and to set out on adventures near and far.

The inaugural Nature Festival will offer a range of diverse activities in a coherent program as an ‘open access’ festival, with both free and ticketed activities provided by local artists, environmental organisations and nature connection practitioners.

Program

With a range of both free, self guided, and ticketed activities, there’s something for everyone, big and small, at The Nature Festival.

Events include:

  • Coastal Dune Walk – Go for a walk along our beautiful coastline, from Semaphore Jetty, past Largs Jetty, to Taperoo Dunes and learn about the work being done to preserve them
  • Nature Journalling – learn tips and skills for observing, drawing and thinking about the natural world
  • Native Bees in your backyard – Learn how to build a native bee hotel and explore the special role of native bees
  • South Parklands Nature by Night – Discover the creatures of the night in this fun and interactive ramble, suitable for all ages
  • Frogs of the Adelaide Hills – Learn all about our local frogs and then go for a walk around the Arbury Park Outdoor School ponds to discover more
  • Ochre Play – Interactive art session for all ages using traditional forms of contemporary Aboriginal art

With over 80 events in the 10-day Festival, there’s something for every member of the family to enjoy and dozens of events are still to be listed.

Find out more about the event program:

naturefestival.org.au/events

Want to host an event at The Nature Festival?

As an open-access festival like Fringe or the History Festival, anyone can apply to register a Nature Festival event, art project, or activity.

The team behind The Nature Festival are particularly interested in unusual ways of connecting to nature, so are looking for many kinds of event hosts including:

  • local artists
  • environmental orgs
  • nature connection practitioners
  • musicians
  • nature tourism operators
  • health and wellness practitioners
  • wineries
  • GP clinics
  • local businesses

The Nature Festival are looking for event hosts who can provide creative, participatory, emotional, and remarkable experiences. They might be events, workshops, or art projects. They might involve the latest technology from VR to AI or they might encourage people to put their devices away and focus on direct experience.

Event registrations are open until Sept 21st.

To register an event at The Nature Festival:

naturefestival.org.au/host

Why a nature festival?

Adventure

Get out and explore nature everywhere: from backyard gardens to the Flinders Ranges.

Learning

Marvel at the majesty of the night sky or the complexity of the microbiome in our gut.

Slow down

It’s been a tough year. We all deserve a break. Find ways to connect to nature, relax, and recharge.

Help out

Taking care of our world is a job for all of us. Do something tangible with others to give back and feel good.

Arts + culture

Art, music, wine, talks, and creative workshops all celebrating the delights of nature in South Australia.

Nature play

Family events or fun ways to get the kids into nature during the school holidays.

Self-guided

Not keen on crowds? Understandable. There’s a great selection of activities to do from home, on your own, or with a friend.

For more information on The Nature Festival:
naturefestival.org.au

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