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Free events and vehicle entry to Para Wirra

An overnight hike with rangers is just one of the many free events on offer at Para Wirra Conservation Park during May.

Free events and vehicle entry to Para Wirra
During May to celebrate Para Wirra Conservation Park being Park of the Month there will be free events and free vehicle entry.

To celebrate being Park of the Month vehicles will also receive free entry during May, waiving the regular $10 entry fee.

Department for Environment and Water (DEW) park ranger Janine Kraehenbuehl said it was the first time an overnight hike had been offered as a Park of the Month event.

“The people who join the hike on 18 May will get a unique insight into areas of the park at night,” Ms Kraehenbuehl said.

“They will be sleeping next to the South Para River in a section of the park that is usually closed to the public and will become fully immersed in the sounds of the park at night.”

Other events include a talk about weed control, nature journaling, a ranger-guided morning bird walk, two ecology walks with DEW ecologist Jason van Weenen, Bowden’s Cottage open days and a hike hosted by Friends of the Heysen Trail, as well as a smartphone nature photography session

Ms Kraehenbuehl said participants in the photography session will also learn how to edit photos on their phones using the best free apps and how to get the best pictures for use online.

“On the last Sunday in May Auskick will run a come ‘n’ try Aussie Rules football morning on the bush oval at Para Wirra,” Ms Kraehenbuehl added.

Friends of Para Wirra will celebrate 30 years in May. The group helps preserve the park with revegetation and weed removal works, as well as guiding visitors, research and fundraising.

To find out what’s on when and to book in visit: www.parks.sa.gov.au/get-inspired/park-of-the-month/may-park-of-the-month-para-wirra