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.

A Community Space For Connecting With The Environment

Community News And Articles


Beautiful Bugs

Bugs may be very small, but they pack a mighty punch in our world! According to Kristin Messenger, founder of BugsnSlugs and environmental educator, animals

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Elaine Anderson

Towards cooler, greener, wilder: a seminar series with Green Adelaide 

Towards cooler, greener, wilder: a seminar series with Green Adelaide.
The Wonderful World of Weeds

When: Thursday 29th February, 4-5PM

Join SA’s leading Weed Ecologist, Chris Brodie, as he delves into the important work of identifying new and emerging weeds in his role as a Weeds Botanist at the Botanic Garden and State Herbarium of South Australia.

Register for the Teams Live Webinar session here https://events.teams.microsoft.com/event/9f07ae15-4ca3-4e03-a260-12a624c7782f@bda528f7-fca9-432f-bc98-bd7e90d40906

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Elaine Anderson


What a special and fascinating day visiting Koala Life with director Dr Chris West and head Cleland Koala keeper Cassie. Koala populations in eastern Australia are threatened by habitat loss due to land clearing, the impacts of climate change such as fire, diseases and pests. Koala Life is involved in very important research to protect this iconic Australian animal and is undertaking a breeding program to ensure their long-term survival.

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