SA’s Nature Festival, top picks for kids and families

become- a reef explorer at Nature Festival
With over three hundred events for all ages, the Nature Festival is back again for its third year and full of creative ways to keep the kids entertained these school holidays. From family yoga and potion making, to cubby building and an outdoor screening of a nature based film there are events for every young explorer, maker and adventurer.

Nature Festival will host events across the state from the 6th to the 16th of October. There are ticketed events and lots of free things to do too. With the weather warming up and events in the city, bush and beach the Nature Festival is not to be missed these school holidays.

This year the festival will host more events than it ever has before, so to save you time we’ve picked our top five events – we asked the kids what they were excited about too! 

oaklands wetland nature festival 

Explore Oaklands Wetland by night

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

Green Adelaide Education Officers will guide you around Oaklands Wetland, located within the City of Marion. Discover bats, frogs and other awesome creatures that come out after dark.

Numbers will be limited, so get in quick to avoid missing out!

When? Tuesday, October 11, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Where? Oaklands Wetland and Reserve, Oaklands Park

Cost? FREE

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Create your own nature weaving

Explore the EcoClassroom Sanctuary and forage for native seed pods, leaves, sticks, feathers and bark to create your own nature weaving.

Kids will learn how to construct their own frame, the ancient practice of weaving, and be taught about the native plants that they’ve selected to weave with. Nature weaving is a great sensory activity where kids can explore different textures and get to know the natural environment around them.

When? Friday, October 7, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Where? 211 Tatachilla Rd, McLaren Vale

Cost? $15

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Ochre Play Nature Festival SA

Engage in some Ochre play

Learn about this traditional Kaurna material and the customary uses of ochre in Aboriginal culture. This art class is a unique insight into traditional Aboriginal art and the use of traditional paints. Using ochre, participants complete an art piece based on traditional symbols.

When? Wednesday, October 12, 2:00 pm to 2:45 pm

Where? Living Kaurna Cultural Centre and Warriparinga Wetlands, Bedford Park

Cost? $18

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become- a reef explorer at Nature Festival

Explore the coastline and become a reef explorer

The Fleurieu Environment Centre has teamed up with Nature Play SA to bring you a Reef Explorers Session where families can learn about South Australia’s beautiful coastline at Lady Bay, Normanville. Bring the family along to discover and identify different marine life within intertidal reefs. Intertidal reefs are rocky areas of coastline which are between high and low tide marks. They are an important part of the ecosystem and provide food and habitat for an amazing array of Marine life- and so much more!

When? Saturday, October 8, 11:00 am -12.30 pm

Where? Lady Bay Beach, Normanville (specific meeting location will be provided to ticket holders)

Cost? $10 per person

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Garden games waterfall gully nature festival

Make paper, potions or enjoy garden games with the family at Waterfall Gully

Join Good Natured Connections in their Waterfall Gully garden and experiment with paper making using botanical and recycled materials. In addition to papermaking and potions, Good Natured Connections will be providing various garden games and relaxing spaces for families to connect. The session will take place in a beautiful creekside garden, with a toilet and parking available.

When? This event has multiple dates or times

Where? 100 Waterfall Gully Rd, Waterfall Gully

Cost? $5 per person

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Nature Festival 2o22

With over 300 events to choose from there is an opportunity for everyone to tend to nature this festival. For inspiration watch some of the highlights from last year’s event

Looking back at the 2020 Nature Festival from Nature Festival on Vimeo.

For more information explore the complete Nature Festival 2022 program


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