Welcome To The HEC

Hills Environment Centre, Norton Summit, SA

Acknowledgement Of Country

We extend our recognition of the 500 or more Australian Nations throughout this country, acknowledging in particular the Peramangk and Kaurna peoples on whose land we work, travel through and visit at the HEC.

We encourage everyone to understand upon which Nation’s land they live and visit. There is significant listening and learning that we need to do by valuing Aboriginal stories, languages and connections to land and sea, recognising that this knowledge and these understandings have been passed down through the generations, meriting our attention and respect.

We owe it to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to assist with implementing the outcomes outlined in the “Uluru Statement from the Heart” so that we can move forward together with credibility in calling ourselves Australians. We owe it to the world to profess our pride in this true and much larger Australian history than just the one narrative that has been developing since the colonisation of this continent.

Hills Environment Centre

HEC is a community space for connecting with the environment. Our aim is to encourage and support community actions for the sustainability, conservation and protection of the biodiversity of the region.

From fungi to frogs and life in creeks to sustainable living and climate change- these are some of the many subjects the Hills Environment Centre (HEC) are excited about sharing with you.

We provide informative talks, hands on sessions, workshops, field trips and an in-house library catering for all age groups and environmental interests.

Based in the Adelaide Hills, we are a not-for-profit organisation with a fantastic team of volunteers who assist the Coordinator in the day to day running of the centre, also our projects and programmes for the community and the many land care groups we support.

The Hills Harvest Exchange is our monthly vegie swap where excess fruit, vegies, flowers, jams and seeds are swapped along with growing and cooking tips, all helped along with a cuppa and Andrew’s guacamole.

To celebrate World Environment Day we call for nominations from the community for Quiet Green Achievers – people who voluntarily support the environment in many ways.

So whether you’re into creepy crawlies or cuddly critters, native grasses or gum trees, indigenous culture or growing veggies – contact us and join (membership is free!) to find out how you can actively participate sustainable land management and to appreciate the amazing environment we live in.

HEC is very pleased to be funded by Green Adelaide and for the accommodation support from the Adelaide Hills Council.

HEC Hills Environment Centre


Drop in and see us. Check out the great range of available resources to support you and your projects

HEC Hills Environment Centre

New Events

HEC events are held throughout the year covering diverse aspects about living with nature

HEC Hills Environment Centre

Sustainable Solutions

HEC provides advice and links to services that helps the community achieve sustainable living.

A community space for connecting with the environment.

Community News And Articles

Nature Festival HEC
Elaine Anderson

Nature Festival 2023

1 – 15 October 2023
The Nature Festival is on this October with 100’s of events around SA celebrating and connecting with nature.

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