Port Environment Centre Resources

Port Environment Centre volunteers have developed a series of local information sheets to help you connect with our local environment and live more sustainably.

Local Native Plants – highlights

A colourful list of native plants that will make great additions to your garden in the Port Adelaide area.

Plant local plants suited to our climate and help support local biodiversity.

Local Native Plants – full list

Discover the variety of native plants local to our area in this longer plant list.

This handy resource also includes information on where to buy native plants and where to go for further information.

Local groups and environmental organisations

Want to volunteer or get involved with local environmental groups?

There are so many great opportunities in the area. Have a look at this info sheet to get you started. Or get in touch with us at PEC and we can help to connect you.

Citizen Science Opportunities – NEW IN 2022

Find out ways to get involved locally, here in SA or across Australia.

Contribute to real science by volunteering with one of many projects, learning while you go. Everything from mapping microplastics, sowing seagrass to observing orchids.

Check out all the opportunities on our info sheet or get in touch with us at PEC.

Recycling in the Port Adelaide Area

Want to recycle or rehome some of those tricky items?

PEC volunteers have done the hard work for you, and listed all the places and ways to responsiblymanage different waste streams in this A-Z guide.

Plastic Free Shopping Guide to Adelaide 2023 – UPDATED

Helping you to shop with less waste. Find out places to buy things in bulk, places that sell eco products and packaging free options, plus lots of Plastic Free shopping tips.
Thanks to Lynda from from Transitioning Green for the original guide and thanks to Hannah from RRRRinAdelaide for the 2022 update.

Useful Links

Adapting the western region of Adelaide for climate change, including My Cool Home, heat mapping and flood mapping.

Community-Led Environment Centres

Other Organisations

Volunteers give their time to help monitor and care for the Port River Dolphins and to help make the Port River and Barker Inlet a safer place for them to live.


Licensed to rescue, rehabilitate & release all seabird, seal and sea turtle species.  Run by trained volunteers.



Hold lots of interesting community and environmentally focussed events, groups and activities. Join them on the last Saturday morning of the Month for their Fruit and Veg Swap and the ‘Little Buggers’ Bug and Nature Club for kids.



The 1864 clipper ship City of Adelaide is located in Port Adelaide, having arrived in February 2014.  Volunteers work on restoration and in the Information Centre.



Foster appreciation and conservation of the marine environment, and demonstrate the value of marine sanctuaries



A community group working to improve the environment, local parks and reserves along Dry Creek in Valley View.




Group meets weekly on Monday mornings to weed, replant indigenous plants, observe native birds and animals and take records of this area.




A local community group based in Largs Bay. They have been constructing verge vegetable gardens and aim to bring local community together whilst supporting environmental initiatives.



A place to learn, discover and care for the marine environment



Active for thirty years, volunteers advocate for the natural, social and built environments of the Port Adelaide area.



The Marine Debris Campaign schedules clean ups around Australia, including to local beaches such as Semaphore and North Haven.



Community garden and monthly produce swap at the Largs Bay St Alban’s Church.

Produce swap on the 2nd Saturday of the month 9.30am—11am.



WACRA encourages residents to be part of building a healthy, safe, equitable community working with other resident groups for a ‘fair go’ for all.




Volunteers strive to minimise marine debris entering the ocean through weekly collection & removal of waste at self-designated areas.

An Inner Harbour area has been adopted and clean ups are scheduled. Would you like to “adopt a spot”?


Email adoptaspotscheme@gmail.com

Located at Port Adelaide Uniting Church, anyone interested in home gardening & sharing garden produce is welcome.



Mobilising people to revegetate the suburbs for our local butterflies. Creating butterfly gardens and connecting community.




Based in Semaphore, it facilitates gathering food ‘waste’ from restaurants, cafes and food retailers and assists distribution for home and school-based garden composting activities.


FishWatch volunteers schedule clean ups at Garden Island.

Contact the Fishcare Volunteer Coordinator, PIRSA, 8169 0118 or pirsa.fishwatch@sa.gov.au


To foster a unified community approach to the protection and wise use of the Gulf of St Vincent


Group meets regularly to protect the Tennyson Dunes by restoring native habitats and minimising threats against them. 




Group working to preserve and maintain the dunes and our beautiful environment along Henley Beach, from Henley Square to Torrens outlet.




Group working with Council, State Government and the local community to advance the cause of bicycle use as practical, day to day transport and mobility.



Dedicated to conservation of our maritime, cultural, Indigenous, environmental and built heritage. The Branch is an advocacy branch, and relays its ideas and concerns to government and other stakeholders.



The group endeavours to enhance the natural biodiversity of this area of the coastal environment. They meeting weekly on Monday mornings.



Community Garden encourages friendships through a cross-generational community.



AusOcean’s mission is to help  oceans by developing and applying technology for solving ocean science and conservation challenges.



Dedicated to creating a bright future for Australian birds.



Restoring and protecting areas of remnant native vegetation. Learn new skills at a bushcare workshop then participate in regular Bush Action days or adopt a local site.




The Foundation is trialing nature based solutions, including shellfish reefs and seagrass restoration, to improve the health of the Port River and the resilience of our shorelines.




The Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary protects resident and migratory shorebirds along the coast of Gulf St Vincent. Some of these migratory birds travel from Siberia, Alaska, Korea and beyond to reach our backyard to feed.



A new volunteer group caring for the North Haven Dunes. Come along and join in on the first Sunday of each month. Call Jan 0412 724 924 or email friendsNHSD@outlook.com


The Friends preserve, conserve, promote and enhance the environmental, historical and cultural heritage of Torrens Island. 

facebook.com/Friends of Torrens Island


To promote and facilitate the ecologically sustainable interest and study of Mollusca & marine invertebrates.



Rooms above the Semaphore Library are open each Friday afternoon 1.30 p.m. to  3.30 p.m. and members are in attendance.



To foster the study of marine life.



Semaphore Park Community Garden is a place of friendship, encouragement and learning together. Plus we grow awesome veggies!



A neighbourhood café and community hub in Alberton. Holding regular free community events, conversations and activities.