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Nature Festival springs up with free events just in time for school holidays

With school holidays just around the corner the question that inevitably comes up is what can we do to get the kids out of the house? Well, we’ve found the perfect festival to do just that.

With school holidays just around the corner the question that inevitably comes up is what can we do to get the kids out of the house? Well, we’ve found the perfect festival to do just that.

Nature Festival is returning to South Australia from the 25th of September to the 4th of October, with a full program of events featuring an expansive array of talks, exhibitions, nature walks, workshops, bird watching, and over 80 events specific to kids and families. 

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

Adelaide is so fortunate to have such beautiful, pristine pockets of nature all around, and Nature Fest celebrates this heavily.

See the city from a new nature centric angle with a kayak tour right through the city on the River Torrens which is open to children over 8 years old. If you’ve always wondered what animals come out to play at night in the Parklands you don’t have to wonder anymore with a Southern Parklands Nature By night tour suitable for all ages where all you need to bring is a torch and you will be guided through the wonders of the parklands after dark, and to top it all off it’s a free event!

There’s even an event in Rundle Mall; an art workshop with Paul Sloan, the sculptor of the now-famous Rundle Mall pigeon, who will uncover the secrets behind his piece of art while the kids draw their own pigeons and bird life.

Nature program Curator for Nature Festival Jill Woodlands is proud of the vast array of events included in the program and how they celebrate nature in different ways.

“At Nature Festival, first and foremost we want to celebrate the nature around us and we are aware just how broad that term is and just how many ways there is to do that. The event holders have really come to the table and put on so many unique events around the State; there is just so much to enjoy.” 

As Jill mentions the festival isn’t just confined to Adelaide though with events all around our beautiful state perfect for families. There’s beachcombing at Robe where attendees can search for their weird and wonderful things that wash up on beaches, a sustainable fishing day at Robe Jetty  a guided frog discovery walk on the banks of the river at Loxton and  Nature Story trail at Kapunda.

Other great activities for the family include, a mountain biking skills session, Outdoor Story telling in Norwood, holiday craft in Victor Harbour, a wildlife treasure hunt in Belair National Park and a  class learning how to make paper with seeds.

To check out the program of over 150 event click the link here.

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