Fungi are fantastic growths that seem to magically appear on the ground, in bushland and on trees throughout autumn. But did you know that without fungi, life on earth as we know it would not exist? There are some 3million species of fungi and they are essential in all ecosystems.

Pam Catcheside, an Honorary Research Assistant at the State Herbarium, will be discussing the variety of fungi, their ecology and explain why they are so important, with a presentation at the Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre. Pam will also summarise how to identify the larger fungi and show some examples of species found in the Adelaide Hills.

Fungi are beautiful and mysterious, some are poisonous while others are delicious! Yet most of us know very little about these amazing species, some so tiny that you need a microscope to see them.

If you want to find out more about fungi, you need to book with the Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre, 4 Crescent Drive Norton Summit, by phone 8390 1891 or email to valhunt@ahnrc.org. Pam’s presentation “Fungi – their variety, ecology, importance and identification” will be held on Thursday May 30th, starting at 7pm. The cost is $5 per person and includes a light supper.


You all know that native plants can be hardy and are best suited to the Australian climate. But how often are they blamed for being woody or leggy and not having many flowers?

Many people believe that natives can care for themselves like they do in the bush. But most native plants will benefit from a simple pruning to ensure they retain a good shape and increase the number of flowers they produce. Selecting the right location with the right soil will also impact on growing healthy, happy plants.

To help you to successfully grow native plants, Trees For Life is holding a FREE practical workshop and “pop-up” native plant sale on Wednesday May 22nd from 10am – 11.30am. “Showing Native Gardens at Their Best” will be presented by horticulturist Jenny Deans and is supported by SA Water.

The workshop is co-hosted by Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre and The Summit Community Centre and will be held at 4 Crescent Drive, Norton Summit. Bookings are essential as places are limited, so phone 8406 0500 or email info@treesforlife.org.au

For more information go to this flyer


Over the past 6 years, 38 people have received the Quiet Green Achiever Award from the Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre (AHNRC) and we are calling for your new nominations for 2019.

The award celebrates the people in the community whose actions support the environmental health of the region. People who do this without seeking compensation or recognition. Do you know someone who has selflessly given their time, lives sustainably, shares their skills or inspires others to lead a greener lifestyle?


Winners of the Quiet Green Achievers Award, 2018

The nominee can be involved in land care, a community garden, a school kitchen garden, perhaps created habitat for wildlife in their own backyard, inspires others to live sustainably – or any other similar activity that you consider worthwhile.

Entries close on Thursday 2 May 2019.

For further information see:   QUIET GREEN ACHIEVER AWARD 2019



Get up close to some fascinating creepy crawlies! Kristen will take the children to a variety of invertebrates so that they develop an understanding and appreciation of the natural world.

When: Wednesday 17th April, 10.30 – 11.30 am

Where: Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre, 4 Cresent Drive, Norton Summit

Cost: $5.00 per child. Bookings are essential.

Suitable for ages 3 years and over. Children must be accompanied by an adult. To book email valhunt@ahnrc.org or phone 8390 1891, Tues – Thurs.




When change starts with you

Clean Up Australia Day  is on  Sunday 3 March 2019, so it’s time to check out rubbish hotspots in your neighbourhood and challenge your friends and family to make 2019 the year when change starts with you.

Participating in this event is the perfect opportunity to join with family, friends, neighbours and colleagues to remove all the rubbish accumulating in your area before it kills our wildlife.

Please meet at the Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre by 9.30 am to register before starting to be covered for accident or injury. You will be provided with bags, sharps containers and a high viz vest. BYO hat, gloves, water and snacks. Children must be supervised by an adult.