Free School Holiday Activity

If you live near a creek or dam, you will hear the happy sound of the frog chorus in the evenings. But do you know which species of frogs you are listening to? Steve Walker from NRM Education will teach you how to recognise the different calls of the various frogs we hear in the hills.  Wonderful Wet & Slimy, frogs and water critters of the Mt Lofty Ranges will be held at the Hills Environment Centre, 4 Crescent Drive Norton Summit, on Thursday October 19th from 1.30- 3pm.

Steve will also introduce the children to water bugs which they need to catch and view through a microscope to see the tiny critters up close. There are numerous bugs to be found and parents and children can work together to try to identify them.

The activity is suitable for children aged between 5 and 12 years and all must be accompanied by an adult. Bookings are essential as places are limited. To book email valhunt@ahnrc.org


Spring is finally here and we will soon venture outdoors and into our gardens or go for bush walks before the weather is too hot.

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It is also the time when snakes are on the move seeking food. Do you know what to do if you meet a snake?

Geoff Coombe from Living With Wildlife and Rudy from Adelaide Snake Catchers will present a Snake Awareness Workshop on Sunday October 13TH h from 1 – 3 pm. The workshop will provide practical information that you can apply at home. It will include an introduction to snakes and snake behaviour,  tips of how to identify snake hazards around the home and what you can do about them, advice on how to act when meeting a snake, plus the correct and up to date first aid for snake bites.

This workshop is vital for hills dwellers, people who work in the hills, gardeners and bushwalkers.

Geoff will show you simple but effective ways of reducing snake habitat around your home and improve your awareness of snake behaviour. This information could save you and your family from snake bites or frights!

The session includes live, local snakes under controlled and safe conditions and will be held at the Hills Environment Centre (formerly Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre), 4 Crescent Drive, Norton Summit. The cost is $10 per person and includes a light afternoon tea. It is not suitable for children under 12 years due to the length of the presentation.

Registration is essential, so please email valhunt@ahnrc.org or phone 8390 1891 Tuesday – Thursday to book.



Find ways to improve the energy efficiency of an older home with often simple and practical ideas by attending a talk by Andrew Marsh, author of  ”Sustainability and the Old Australian Home.”  He is scheduled to appear on Tuesday 10th September 2019 at 7.30 – 9 pm. at the Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre, 1 Crescent Drive, Norton Summit.  The cost is $5.00.  The book will also be on sale on the night for $15.00.  To book, please email Val Hunt on valhunt@ahnrc.org


Echidnas are an iconic species in Australia. Together with the platypus they comprise the unique group of egg-laying mammals (monotremes). As the oldest surviving mammalian lineage, studying monotremes has provided ground breaking insights into the evolution of all mammals. However, there are increasing concerns about conservation of this unique species in the changing environment across Australia and we lack understanding of key aspects of wild populations including their distribution, biology and diversity.

Long term studies on Kangaroo Island (SA) have already established a sharp decline in numbers, which resulted in their recent EPBC listing as endangered. In order to protect and conserve echidnas in the future it is imperative we fill these major knowledge gaps. And you can help!

To find out more about amazing echidnas and the results of the Echidna CSI/Echidna Watch project, come along to the talk presented by Professor Frank Grutzner from the School of Biological Studies at Adelaide University. Frank headed the research team that included ecological and molecular researchers, students and the Australian community. There is still time for you to get involved in this project as we near Echidna breeding season – a great time to go echidna spotting.

The talk about Echidna CSI by Professor Frank Grutzner will be held at the Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre, 4 Crescent Drive, Norton Summit on Tuesday 20th of August. It starts at 7.30 and the cost is $5 which includes a light supper. To reserve your seat, please email valhunt@ahnrc.org





Get the paints and crayons out! We want to encourage children to explore their artistic creativity while learning about the many South Australian plants and animals which are facing extinction. Primary school age children have the opportunity to research a vanishing local native species and to express their feelings by creating an original painting, drawing or mixed media art work.

1st and 2nd prizes for passes to Warrawong will be awarded in each age group of 5-7 years old, 8-10 years old and 11-12 years old. Prizes will also be awarded for Most Unusual entry, Most Original and Best Written Explanation.

The competition is open for entries from July 9th till August 20th. The winners will be announced on Threatened Species Day, Saturday September 7th and selected art works will be on display at The Summit Community Centre.

You can download details here: entry formregistration form and  conditions of entry or please email valhunt@ahnrc.org  for copies to be emailed to you, or collect a hard copy from The Summit Community Centre, 4 Crescent Drive, Norton Summit.

The competition is sponsored by the Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre, The Summit Community Centre and the Adelaide Hills Council.








The time has come to bring the war on waste to the Adelaide Hills! Did you know that every piece of plastic ever made is still around? YES – which is why East Waste are hosting a free information  session at The Summit, 4 Crescent, Drive on Tuesday 6 August 2019,  7 pm – 9 pm to explore ways to avoid, reduce, reuse, recycle and compost items. This event is presented by East Waste, Adelaide Hills Council and Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre.  For more information, contact Megan at East Waste: megan@eastwaste.com or book through  Eventbrite