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

The group focuses on rehabilitating the dunes by eradicating weeds, collecting rubbish, planting native plants, and observing the local wildlife (see their fabulous website)


A dedicated group of conservation volunteers convene regularly to protect the Tennyson Dunes through the restoration of native


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



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.


FAIBS offers volunteer support & events to support the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary, an important habitat for migratory shorebirds during the summer who are preparing to fly to the Northern Hemisphere to breed.


Volunteer citizen scientists
recording bird observations and
photo points monitoring at sites
across the City of PAE.

email: environment@cityofpae.sa.gov.au

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.


A community garden that
encourages friendships through a cross-generational community.


Community garden at the Largs Bay St Alban’s Church. Monthly produce swap (2nd Sunday of the month at 9.30am) at the Largs Bay
St Alban’s Church.


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


Situated on Trust Reserve near Eagle Court, the Community Garden is a place that fosters friendship and collaborative learning. Grow veggies in community or individually owned plots.


A new community garden located in Semaphore Park hoping to grow in both members and produce


Located in Semaphore Park, the Community Centre offers diverse
programs and affordable spaces for community activities. Volunteer
run community garden and monthly produce swap (Last Saturday of the month at 10.30am).



A local community garden in Royal Park. Grow your own produce, meet new people, learn gardening skills and access the garden’s shared shed and library.


Visit the Garden located behind the QT Hub building to learn more about gardening, growing food, and how your neighbourhood could become more climate-resilient.


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


Group aims to enhance the natural biodiversity of the dunes by collecting rubbish, identifying plants
and weed, and monitoring the local coastal environment.


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


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.


A free and open space at Roy Marten Reserve, Taperoo, to explore, walk the labyrinth and learn about the plants.
Help maintain the site at monthly working bees.

Email: learningwithlabyrinths@gmail.com

Community organised monthly public environmental talks from
March to November inviting community members, local interest groups, and industry stakeholders in the Port Adelaide region to discuss and advocate on local environmental, social, heritage, and development matters.

Search ‘Port Adelaide Environment Forum’ on EventBrite

The Compost Network promotes
local cafe partnerships with composters, gardeners, and schools within the Port Adelaide/Semaphore area. Become a cafe collector, build
soil & connecting with other local people passionate about compost.


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



AUSMAP is a nationwide citizen science initiative that focuses on microplastic pollution. With a strong local presence become a volunteer.


Connecting communities with the coastline and working to reduce marine debris through weekly cleanups at self-designated areas between the North Haven to Henley Beach corridor. Would you like to
“adopt a spot”?


A community group concerned
about the protection and
conservation of Gulf St Vincent.
They advocate for conservation of key habitats, sustainable use of
marine resources, raise awareness of gulf health issues, and convey community concerns to government.


Group focused on promoting and facilitating the ecologically sustainable interest and study of Mollusca & marine invertebrates.

Facebook/Malacological Society of South Australia

WDC, based in Adelaide, safeguards whale and dolphin species by monitoring their conservation status, securing habitats, and backing research. Their current main focus is
enhancing protection in the
Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary.


Adelaide-based AusOcean’s mission
is to help oceans by developing and
applying technology for solving
ocean science and conservation


The groups focusses on caring for the North Haven Sand Dunes. Activities include weeding, removing litter, and caring for native plants.

Email salrus@adam.com.au or ralph.brew@bigpond.com

Mobilising people to revegetate the suburbs for our local butterflies. Butterfly gardens &
community connections.


Empowers local people to grow endemic plants from seeds and cuttings. Based in Ottoway, SA.
See their local native plant fact sheets on PEC website.

facebook.com/Seeds for Change

CVA engages community volunteers as future stewards in environmental
restoration, repair and replanting projects to help revive local environment and build a stronger future for wildlife and people.


The ECF is devoted to the
protection of the shorelines of Port River and Barker Inlet Estuary. ECF also seeks to connect people to
the Estuary, highlight the risks of flooding with rising sea levels and address these issues.


SAGE is a space for passionate
people, groups and communities working towards any project, goal or mission to help protect or restore the world around us.


AYCC is building a movement of young people (aged 13-30) leading solutions to the climate crisis.


To foster the study of marine life by understanding, enjoying and caring for our oceans. Meets monthly and hosts their library at PEC.



The Adelaide OzFish chapter is the ‘go-to place’ to get involved with projects in your area such as seagrass rehabilitation, community based oyster reefs or anything that will improve local fish habitat.


The MDC aims to provide
inspirational discovery learning whilst empowering students to preserve SA’s coastal and marine ecosystems. The centre is a place to explore, learn, and care through
interactive exhibits highlighting sustainability and Aboriginal culture.


EMS fosters appreciation and conservation of the marine environment, and demonstrate the value of marine sanctuaries. They offer a variety of safe and supervised snorkeling adventures in SA’s Marine Parks.


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


Program to raise awareness among fishing communities of the need to
protect our resources for future generations. Fishcare volunteers help with fishing education programs at jetties, beaches, boat ramps and rivers.


Licensed to rescue, rehabilitate, and release seabirds, seals, and sea turtles, this volunteer-run
facility has successfully treated hundreds of animals, ensuring their speedy recovery and readiness for life in the wild.