The environment has never had a greater need of our help. Whether you can spare a couple of hours or would like to participate in a longer-term project, there are a range of volunteer opportunities available in the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges (AMLR).
Together we can make a difference – no contribution is too small, with opportunities to suit all ages, abilities, skill level and time. Get involved, make a contribution and help ensure future generations benefit from our choices and actions.
Get involved on the coast
Our coastal environments provide unique and important habitat for many species of native plants, animals, reptiles, birds and marine life.
Learn to be a Coastal Ambassador and help care for, monitor and protect this unique environment! We provide you with the knowledge and practical skills. You can then attend scheduled field trips, workshops, activities and events.
Find out more about being a Coastal Ambassador.
Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary Action Group
Join the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary Action Group, to help monitor and care for the Port River dolphins, and make the Port River and Barker Inlet a safer place for them to live. The focus is to protect the dolphins, provide information and education to the community and promote the environmental importance of the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary. No previous experience is required, but a medium- or long-term commitment is needed.
Under the guidance of the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, and in partnership with government and non-government organisations, the group helps deliver on the six objectives of the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary management plan.
If you want to be involved, please complete this registration form and email it to AdelaideDolphinSanctuary@sa.gov.au.
Get involved in a planting day
Every planting season we require volunteers to help us get native plants into the ground! Visit our events page to keep up to date with what's on, sign up to our Urban Biodiversity News or contact us.
The Million Trees Program was a State Government initiative that involved the successful establishment of three million local native trees and understorey species across greater Adelaide between 2003 and 2014. This involved working with many partners from schools as part of the Grow a Great School initiative, local governments, community groups and individual volunteers.
Case studies of some of that work can be found here, some of which are still continuing with restoration activities. These sites will have a lasting legacy in the Adelaide region as they continue to grow a great future.
Thanks to all of the partners and volunteers who helped make this program a success.
Join a community group
There are many active environmental volunteer groups in the region that play a role in improving the state of our local environment through their contribution of time, expertise and resources.
To find out more about a group near you contact the Manager Volunteer Support or visit:
Community groups in action
These short videos profile some of the great work volunteers in our region do:
- Kersbrook Landcare Group – See their work at Warren Conservation Park and Stone Reserve in the Adelaide Hills plus hear about their work with other landcare groups in SA.
- Sturt Upper Reaches Landcare Group – See excellent revegetation work in the heart of the Upper Sturt community with boardwalk and interpretive signage demonstrating sensitive change for habitat rehabilitation.
- Campbelltown Landcare Group – See their revegetation work at Wadmore Park and hear about the bioswale diverting stormwater runoff away from the vegetation and reducing erosion.
- Williamstown and Lyndoch Landcare Group – See how the Williamstown and Lyndoch Landcare Group spent over 20 years managing an old mine site in the Barossa Valley. They purchased the site with the aim of restoring the property back to its original vegetation type.
- Friends of Belair National Park – See how this group work to improve the native vegetation in Belair National Park with weeding, revegetation and erosion control works.
Community-run natural resource centres
Community-run natural resource centres (NRCs) are hives of environmental activity and provide a range of free resources and information to landholders and community members who want to be involved with protecting and managing the environment.
Contact your nearest centre for information about managing natural resources and sustainable living, to attend educational events, and to connect with like-minded people. Equipment for bush care work is also available for loan. These centres complement Natural Resources AMLR’s own natural resources centres. There are seven of them in the AMLR region.