Issue 39,
April 2019
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Family Bike Ride and Nature Play Afternoon
Enjoy the outdoors in autumn with an afternoon of nature play and a gentle family bike ride. Includes a ride along the Sturt River Trail from Warriparringa Wetlands to Oaklands Wetland and back. It will kick off with a Kaurna Welcome to Country and cultural walk led by Kaurna Elder and retired educator Auntie Suzanne Russell.
Along the way there will be various nature play activities for the children brought to you by Nature Plays SA including tinkering and potions plus whittling with wood. 

When: Saturday 4 May 1-4pm
Where: Warriparinga to Oaklands Wetland
Bookings: via Eventbrite
Cost: $5 per person

Local People Learning How to Live Lightly

Join our upcoming Living Smart course to meet other local people, learn new skills and make lasting changes in your life.

This course is interactive and practical, with skilled facilitators and inspirational guest speakers. You will delve into how to live simply, with topics on waste, energy, transport, water, gardening for biodiversity, gardening for food, healthy you, healthy home and community. 
Held over seven Tuesday evenings at Seacliff Primary School (7 May to 18 June) from 6:30pm to 9pm.

This is a local Living Smart course and is specifically for those living within, or with a strong connection to, Seacliff, Kingston Park and Marino. If you are interested in attending this course, but live outside of this area, please contact the event organiser to go on a waiting list.

Cost: $60 or $30 concession
Register at
Enquiries: to Emma (Living Smart Facilitator) on 0417 827 319 or
Nature-Based Activities at Marion Neighbourhood Centres

In the April school holidays, Marion Neighbourhood Centres are hosting various nature-based activities for children. Includes nature craft, gumboot gardens, and encounters with a range of critters!

Meet the Bugs with Bugs and Slugs
Learn about and look at a range of fascinating invertebrates 
Glandore Neighbourhood Centre
Thursday 18 April, 10am-12pm
Bookings: Eventbrite

Create a Gumboot Garden
A hands-on session where children can make their own gumboot terrarium to take home
Mitchell Park Neighbourhood Centre
Tuesday 23 April, 10-11am
Bookings: via Eventbrite

Animal Encounters with Animals Anonymous
Learn about and touch a range of friendly native animals
Cooinda Neighbourhood Centre 
Saturday 27 April, 2-3pm
Bookings: via Eventbrite

Nature Craft - Make A Mobile from Natural Materials
A fun nature craft session where children make a mobile from natural materials
Trott Park Neighbourhood Centre
Tuesday 16 April, 1-2pm
Bookings: via Eventbrite
Edible Natives and Native Gardening at Home

Would you like to know more about how to use native plants? Come along to this Common Thread session to find out about edible native plants and gardening with natives.

Sam Ryan from the NRM Education Team will introduce you to some wonderful local edible native plants. You will learn how to grow, prepare and eat them! Monina Gilby is an experienced garden designer specialising in native garden design and biodiversity gardens. She will cover native garden design basics, tips for maintaining native gardens and how to use natives to make your garden a habitat for insects, lizards and birds.

This session is part of the Common Thread Program of monthly sustainability workshops.
When: Monday 6 May, 7-8:30pm
Where: Cooinda Neighbourhood Centre, 245 Sturt Rd, Sturt
Bookings: via Eventbrite
Cost: Free
Join Your Local Community Garden
There are five community gardens in the City of Marion in Marino, Trott Park, Mitchell Park, Clovelly Park and Glandore. They are all open to new members and seeking volunteers for a range of roles and jobs. 

By contributing to a community garden you will connect with people in your local area, build a sense of community, grow healthy fruit and vegetables, beautify your area and improve your wellbeing. These are just some of the many benefits of community gardening!

Find out more about community gardens in the City of Marion and how you can get involved. 
Trashless Takeaway
Do you want to reduce waste by bringing your own container for takeaway? Trashless Takeaway is a directory of caf├ęs and restaurants that are happy to use clean, reusable containers for their customer's takeaway food. 
Have a general waste and recycling question? Please visit our FAQs or email our Waste and Recycling Education Officer.
Native Gardening Workshop and Pop Up Plant Sale
Native gardening workshop and pop up plant sale. Learn practical tips to care for your native garden including pruning, water and fertilising. This workshop includes a short walk at Oaklands Wetlands to observe native plant species and demonstrate techniques.

The workshop will be followed by a pop up native plant sale where you will have the opportunity to ask questions about native plant species and receive one-on-one advice about what could work well in your garden. 

When: 18 May, 10am-11.30pm
Where: Oaklands Education Centre, Oaklands Wetland
Bookings: via Eventbrite
Cost: Free 
Car Sharing Comes to Marion

Interested in a more environmentally sustainable way to get around? You can now car share in the City of Marion. Car sharing helps to take up to 10 privately owned vehicles off our roads. 
Maven Car Sharing has made its way to Adelaide, with 4 dedicated car sharing bays here in our area. You can reserve a vehicle by the hour or by the day, in locations such as the Tonsley Innovation Precinct and outside the Marion Shopping Centre. Reservations start from $8 per hour, including a tank of fuel and unlimited kilometres. Download the Maven app to find out more. 
We hope you found this information useful. We value your feedback and encourage you to get in contact with us.

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See you next month!

More workshops, events and courses!
Visit The Joinery website for a host of other exciting sustainability events.
Based in Adelaide, The Joinery, is a hive of inspiring community activity