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Connecting with nature

Nature is such an important part of being alive, and is essential to living a happy, healthy and meaningful life.

We are fortunate to have so many ways to enjoy nature, through play, exercise, exploring and volunteering, as well as a diverse choice of places to visit - including our yards, parks, community gardens and coast.

Here are some ways you can connect with nature in the City of Marion.

Looking in rock pools at Hallett Cove BioBlitz

Let the kids play outside

Whether it’s in your own yard, the local playground or in the bush, giving kids the time and space to play outside lets them connect with nature while developing strength, coordination and balance – among a whole range of other benefits.

Learn more about:

  • Playgrounds and parks in the City of Marion (see related links)
  • Exciting missions and activities for kids to conquer by visiting the Nature Play SA website (see related links)

Have fun contributing to science

Get involved in the various ‘citizen science’ projects run by UniSA’s Discovery Circle, where you can get up close with nature, have fun and contribute to science at the same time. City of Marion is a Discovery Circle partner.

Learn how you can get involved by visiting the Discovery Circle website (see related links).

Restore native bush

Make a difference that not only lasts but continues to grow with time. There are plenty of conservation groups seeking new members, who are working to protect and restore the precious wild places we have left.

Learn about the different conservation groups in the City of Marion.

Explore our natural beauty

We have so many natural wonders on our doorstep that the hardest part is choosing what to visit first! Enjoy breathtaking views while exploring the heathlands at Marino Conservation Park or when learning about the glacial history at Hallett Cove Conservation Park.

Visit Warriparinga Wetlands, home to the last remaining natural stretch of river on the entire Adelaide Plains and start of the Kaurna Tjilbruke Dreaming Tracks. Oaklands Wetland has become a haven for birds and other wildlife, and O’Halloran Hill Recreation Park is home to the beautiful grey box eucalypts and river red gums.

Learn more about:

  • Hallett Cove Conservation Park
  • Marino Conservation Park
  • O'Halloran Hill Recreation Park
  • Warriparinga Wetlands
  • Oaklands Wetland

Instigate your own discovery of local wildlife

Whether it’s in your backyard or the local park, we share our city with a whole range of native wildlife that need shelter, food and safety from predators and herbicide. Discover how to attract birds and beneficial insects to your garden, and get to know more about the different species you meet.

Learn more about how to make your garden wildlife friendly:

Visit NRM Education’s Plants and Animals' website on the Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges website. There are a range of fact sheets and identification charts under the Resource heading, including ‘Creating a wildlife friendly garden’ and ‘Butterflies of the Adelaide region’ (see related links below)

Visit the faunNature website (see related links below).

Grow food and make friends at community gardens

Community gardens are a great place to learn how to grow food while making new friends. They are a friendly, welcoming space for people to connect with other locals, gain some skills, and be exposed to all different kinds of foods from various cultures.

Get active with getting around

Whether it’s for fun, fitness or practical reasons, walking or riding a bike gets people outside and in nature. City of Marion hosts a wide range of stunning walks and rides, from the Coast to Vines Rail Trail that winds along Marino’s magnificent coastal cliffs and through the foothills of the renowned McLaren Vale wine region.

The Coastal Walking Trail takes you along 7.2kms of rugged and rocky coast, and inland there are numerous walking and cycling routes to get you about in nature.

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