Nature Festival | South Australia | 25 Sep – 4 Oct 2021

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Nature Festival Returns to South Australia in 2021

Nature Festival returns to South Australia in 2021 from 25 September to 4 October with a huge range of family friendly events featuring art and craft activities, treasure hunts, nature walks, guided night walks, bat tours, orienteering and more.

From our own back gardens to the majesty of the Flinders, nature is central to who we are as South Australians and that is exactly what Nature Festival aims to celebrate.

Nature Festival is proud to announce the return of Jack Buckskin as the festival’s Cultural Ambassador for a second year, offering the festival the opportunity to engage and create a meaningful focus on the knowledge of South Australia’s Indigenous peoples, cultivating a deeper engagement with the land where we live.

Highlights for Families

Family highlights from the 2021 program include a Pigeon Workshop with sculptor of the now famous Rundle Mall pigeon sculpture Paul Sloan, who will uncover the secrets behind his piece of art while the kids get messy with a range of fun art activities. Children can also enjoy an ornithological lab at the South Australian Museum, and artworks at the Art Gallery of South Australia. Other family friendly activities include a mangrove inspired Labyrinth at Garden Island and a night nature tour in the Southern Parklands to see the rich nature and plant life that thrive at night.

For those who are a little more experimental, Karrawirra Pari Immersive Experience is an educational augmented reality tour of Adelaide’s River Torren learning about the river’s history, meaning and purpose.

There will also be a series of free events exploring the city’s diverse birdlife. Delivered alongside the Adelaide City Council, there will be guided tours around the city’s best parks for birdwatching.

Scattered across the city, there are 10 Bird Tags to discover. Use the QR code to learn how to identify these bird species, listen to their calls and learn about their habitat as you travel throughout the city.

Pigeon Workshop

For kids, there is a Pigeon Workshop with sculptor Paul Sloan who created the now-famous Rundle Mall pigeon mural. Kids will be able to discover the secrets behind his pigeon sculpture and get messy with a range of fun art activities.

Wilderness Escape October School Holiday Program

Their programs are a blend of fun and education, getting your children outdoors, learning, and having a blast all at the same time! Activities may include rock climbing, challenge ropes, kayaking, snorkelling, surfing, mountain bike riding, nature days… and more.  

Adelaide City Kayak Tour

For 90 minutes you will be guided by qualified instructors to enjoy this relaxing experience enjoying scenic views of the city and surrounding river bank environments. 

Bio Blitz in Gumeracha

Environmental education activities for young people aged 7-11 years (and their parents) to learn about and experience all things in nature.

Native Bee Workshop

Learn about the important role Native Bees play in our environment. Bee hotel and indigenous plant pack provided.

Explore Bat World

Take a tour of the magnificent Flying-fox colony in Botanic Park and watch them fly out at dusk. 

Explore Bat World Picnic & Tour

Enjoy a picnic and guided tour of the Bat colony in Botanic Park. Children can dress up in their best fancy dress and there will also be bat wings available for loan.

Our Big Backyard St Agnes – Come ‘n Try Wardli Building

Meet Kaurna Elder Uncle Tamaru & try your hand at building a Wardli (house).

Oaklands Wetland – Nature by Night

Take your torch and join a guided night walk around Oaklands Wetland discovering the plants and animals that call this place home.

Fun in the Forest

Stories, singing, scavenger hunts, nature crafts and more at Forestville Reserve.

Water bugs

Discover the small creatures that live in the water of a wetland, using a portable microscope and magnifying glass.

Crafting with nature session

Children will learn nature weaving, create a nature book mark, headband or bracelet to take home using a variety of materials.

Outdoor Storytime: Celebrating Australian Picture books

Go along to the beautiful Richards Park in Norwood, and hear the stories of magical disappearing possums, tiny adventurous bush babies, and a wombat with attitude. After listening to some favourite picture books, there will be an outdoor scavenger hunt. Great for ages 3-7.

Nature Scavenger Hunt & Orienteering Challenge

Explore Morialta Conservation Park, solve puzzles and look for clues on a daring outdoor adventure. Suitable for ages 5 and over.

Dolphin Sanctuary Family Tour

Explore sheltered mangrove creeks and search for dolphins on this 90 minute family tour.

This is just a selection of fantastic Nature Festival events happening across South Australia.



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For more information and all enquiries please visit the Nature Festival website

What:      Nature Festival 2021

When:    Saturday 25 September – Monday 4 October 2021

Where:   Various locations around South Australia

Who:       Everyone

At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.

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