Ecotherapy and ecopsychology are still relatively emerging fields, but we all intuitively know and feel the positive benefits of connecting with nature. The scientific basis for ecotherapy comes from past research which has shown that natural settings are good for both mental and physical health. One systematic review analysed the benefits of natural environments for health and found that interacting with natural settings – such as walking or running in a park – can provide a range of health benefits, including reduced stress and improved mood, well-being, and self-esteem.

You don’t need experience, is fun and is free. We’ve done the planning, you only need to book and join us to stay healthy and fit this winter.

Karrawirra Parri

Explore over 10km (2 hours return) of the “Karrawirra Parri”, the “river of the red gum forests” as the Kaurna people named the Torrens Linear Park.

When: Saturday 19th June, 1:00pm – 3:00pm

“Karrawirra Parri was thought to be a reflection of the Milky Way so named because the bright stars on the edge were thought to be the campfires on the side of the river. The Kaurna name Karrawirra Parri was officially recognised under the Dual Naming legislation in November 2001.”

Morialta Conservation Park

For more than 100 years, Morialta Conservation Park has been a well-loved recreational escape, offering plenty to see and do for everyone. Enjoy exploring the creek, woodlands, gorges, and stunning waterfalls, which will make you feel miles away from the city (2 hours return).

When: Saturday 10th July, Start 1:00pm

Morialta Conservation Park is a fantastic place to visit all year round. Visit during winter to see the waterfalls flowing at their strongest, and in spring to see the wildflowers at their brightest.

Black Hill  Conservation

Enjoy the undulating hills (2 hours return) with native scenery of rugged ridges and variety of native plants & animals along Black Hill Conservation Park’s extensive network of walking trails.

When: Saturday 7th August, Start 1:00pm

The park contains a variety of flora that offers a stunning display of native flowers in the spring including many delicate and colourful orchid species. The landscaped Wildflower Garden dates back to the late 1940s

Mount Lofty Conservation

The popular and strenuous walking trail to Mt Lofty Summit starts at the Waterfall Gully car park and climbs through the park’s steep hills, native vegetation and stringybark forest, providing spectacular views over Adelaide (2 hours return).

When: Saturday 21st August, Start 1:00pm

Mount Lofty Summit, the majestic peak of the Mount Lofty Ranges in the Adelaide Hills, provides spectacular panoramic views across Adelaide’s city skyline to the coast.