Nature Festival, returning to South Australia from the 25th of September to the 4th of October, has released its full program of events featuring an expansive array of talks, exhibitions, nature walks, workshops, bird watching expeditions, and nature poetry events – to name only a few!
Highlights from the 2021 program include a boozy boat party popping up on the Torrens River, a maze amid mangroves, and a series of free events exploring the city’s diverse birdlife.
The Mangrove-inspired Labyrinth Walk will be a mindful walk on a distinctive pop-up labyrinth alongside the mangroves at Garden Island, offering participants a unique insight into the intrinsic beauty of mangroves in a once-off experience. There will also be guided tours around the city’s best parks for birdwatching delivered alongside the Adelaide City Council
For those fond of exploring the state by foot, there will be tours happening across the festival, including the unique Southern Parklands Nature by Night Tour, which will explore the unique and wonderful world that comes to life in our Parklands after dark. “Where Earth and Sky Meet” is a guided tour of The Barossa Bush Garden, and guests can also experience a tour in Adelaide’s Botanic Park and wonder at the magnificent Flying-fox colony as they fly out at dusk.
For something that can be used in the kitchen, there is the Gawler Environment Centre’s, “Food Underfoot.” Embark on a walk to discover which weeds are useful in the kitchen and how to prepare them safely. If eating weeds isn’t for you, maybe learn the ancient art of string making and then how to make a simple basket from weeds in the surrounds of the beautiful McLaren Vale with Weaving with Weeds.
For those who want to experience the joys of the Nature Festival but aren’t too keen on braving the elements in walks and camping, there are several other unique experiences to be enjoyed sitting down! Some events include a Nature Poetry Slam at Carrick Hill, Butterfly Theatre Company’s, Shakespeare in the Park, and a Nature Writing Workshop at Stangate House and Garden.
Nature program Curator for Nature Festival Jill Woodlands is proud of the vast array of events included in the program.
“We are really excited about the number of events we have happening right in the centre of the city as it’s a place where I suspect a lot of people don’t realise their daily connection to nature,” she says.
“Nature is all around us and we’re so fortunate in Adelaide to have places like the parklands and the River Torrens in such close proximity to the CBD.”