Encounter Marine Park - Park of the month January 2018

Date posted: 12 December 2017

You're invited to celebrate Encounter Marine Park as park of the month in January. Join in a range of fun and inspirational activities along the coast.

Come on a ranger-guided walk around Granite Island, learn about coastal birds and rock pool critters, visit the sculptures at Granite Island Recreation Park or join a guided snorkel tour.

If you're staying at the Pt Elliott Caravan Park or Second Valley Caravan Park in January you might be lucky enough to spot our new education van ‘Coral’ the caravan.

Check out Nature Play SA's 40 things to do in Encounter Marine Park brochure or their beautifully illustrated Natural treasures to discover within Encounter Marine Park poster. 

Park of the Month is an initiative between Nature Play SA and the Department for Environment, Water and Natural Resources.

Events outside of Adelaide

If you live or are visiting outside of Adelaide during January, never fear, there are other events across the state as part of the Immerse Yourself marine park festival. 

What’s on

Mandala Magic

Date: Tuesday 2 January
Time: 10am - 12noon

Park of the Month activities kick off with a Kaurna Welcome to Country and a live art installation in the sand, next to Port Noarlunga Reef Sanctuary Zone. Join us as experienced artist Sue Norman creates a 10 metre wide sand mandala right before your eyes, using nothing but her skills and a stick!  Mandala making is an ancient art which, in this case, will be crafted to represent the life cycle of marine creatures living within Encounter Marine Park. This will be a cultural spectacle not to be missed! 

Families are invited to join in or they can sit back and watch as the mandala is created over two hours. Come and meet our new marine parks education van 'Coral' the caravan. 

Accessible toilets are available. 

Meeting point: Port Noarlunga jetty (north side)

Bring: Sun safe clothing, beach gear, a picnic and drinking water.

Bookings: Come and enjoy this event for FREE.

Dog's breakfast and kids marine activities

Date: Thursday 4 January
Time: 9am - 11am 

Bring your dog along (on a leash) for a free dog’s breakfast as we learn how to share the beach with the endangered Hooded Plover living in this area. The new Marine Parks van 'Coral' will also be in tow, which will provide hours of fun activities for the kids to learn more about the animals that live in Encounter Marine Park.

Please ensure your children are supervised. 

Meeting point: Gold Coast Drive, Carrickalinga (at the carpark and toilet block opposite Lyddon Road).

Bring: Your pooch, sun safe clothing and drinking water. 

Bookings: This event is FREE, however, registration is required.

Sharing our shores - shore birds and more

Date: Tuesday 9 January
Time: 9am - 11am 

Come along and learn more about the shore birds residing at your local beach. You may be lucky enough to see an endangered Hooded Plover guarding their precious eggs that have been laid straight on top of the sand. With the help of our partners at Birdlife Australia, learn how to recognize the resident and migratory birds that live along this stretch of the coastline. We will also welcome dogs (on a lead) and their owners to learn about sharing our shores with our feathered friends.

'Coral', our Marine Parks education van, will also be on site providing some pop-up activities for the kids including art, craft, games and giveaways.

Please ensure your children are supervised. 

Meeting point: Kent Reserve, Kent Drive, Victor Harbor. 

Bring: Your pooch, sun safe clothing and drinking water.  

Bookings: This event is FREE, however, registration is required.

Marine encounters in Second Valley caravan park

Date: Thursday 11 January to Saturday 13 January
Time: From 10am - 12noon and 5pm -7pm daily. 

The Marine Parks caravan will be making it's mark at Second Valley caravan park with exciting marine based fun and games for the kids. Learn more about the sea creatures and marine parks of South Australia. During the evening, your local Park Ranger will be on site at the caravan park for an informal chat. Come and visit ‘Coral’ the caravan for more information and answers to your questions about visiting marine parks in the area.

Bookings: This event is FREE and for guests of the caravan parks only. 

Second Valley snorkel tours - Friday

Date: Friday 12 January 
Time: Various times

Join in a safe and supervised snorkel with Experiencing Marine Sanctuaries. With all snorkeling and safety equipment provided, each small group is assigned their own snorkel guide so that you can fully immerse yourself in this underwater world. You will be amazed at the variety of marine creatures that reside at Second Valley and you might be lucky enough to spot a leafy sea dragon or blue devil fish.

The event is suitable for children 5 years and over, who are good swimmers. At least one caregiver must accompany and supervise children (ratio of one caregiver: two children)

Please note that this event may be canceled if weather conditions are unsuitable.

Meeting point: Second Valley beach carpark at the Experiencing Marine Sanctuaries marquee. 

Bring: drinking water, snacks, towels and sun smart clothing.

Bookings: Eventbrite

Second Valley snorkel tours - Saturday

Date: Saturday 13 January 
Time: Various times

Join in a safe and supervised snorkel with Experiencing Marine Sanctuaries. With all snorkeling and safety equipment provided, each small group is assigned their own snorkel guide so that you can fully immerse yourself in this underwater world. You will be amazed at the variety of marine creatures that reside at Second Valley and you might be lucky enough to spot a leafy sea dragon or blue devil fish.

The event is suitable for children 5 years and over, who are good swimmers. At least one caregiver must accompany and supervise children (ratio of one caregiver: two children)

Please note that this event may be canceled if weather conditions are unsuitable.

Meeting point: Second Valley beach carpark at the Experiencing Marine Sanctuaries marquee. 

Bring: drinking water, snacks, towels and sun smart clothing.

Bookings: $8.75 per person. PLEASE NOTE: tickets for this event will be released in early January. Stay tuned to the National Parks SA facebook page for updates.   

Science at the Surf Club

Date: Monday 15 January 
Time: 5:30pm - 8pm

Dive a bit deeper into the science of managing marine parks. Who are the people managing our marine parks? Why do we have marine parks and what difference do they make? What is citizen science and what are we finding out through these projects? 

Join us as industry experts and passionate people share their knowledge and experiences about the work that goes into managing your local marine park. There will a photographic display by world-renowned marine scientist Carl Charter to enjoy whilst you mingle and enjoy a drink.

There will be free nibbles provided and drinks available at bar prices. 

Suitable for all ages and wheelchair accessible.

Meeting point: Port Noarlunga Surf Club, Corner of Saltfleet Street and The Esplanade, Port Noarlunga.

Bookings: This event is FREE, however, registration is required.

Reef ramble - Aldinga Reef Sanctuary Zone

Date: Tuesday 16 January
Times: 11am and 12:15pm

Explore, discover and photograph. Become a citizen scientist when you join Reef Watch and Marine Park staff on a guided reef ramble of the southern end of Aldinga Reef. This is a great way to learn more about our unique rock pool creatures and to contribute to their conservation.

Participants will find and identify marine life on the intertidal zone and collect data to help in their management and conservation. This event is open to children over 5 years old but parents must accompany their children. 

Proudly supported by the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges NRM Board.

Meeting points: Meet at 11am at the car park at the corner of Morgan Street and the Esplanade where you will then walk as a group down to the southern end of the reef.

Bring: Covered shoes (e.g sand shoes, reef shoes or wetsuit boots - NOT thongs), camera, hat, sunscreen and a bottle of water. 

Bookings: 11am - SOLD OUT
                  12:15pm - Eventbrite

Reef ramble - Lady Bay, Nomanville

Date: Wednesday 17 January
Time: 11:30am

Explore, discover and photograph. Become a citizen scientist when you join Reef Watch and Marine Park staff on a guided reef ramble at Snapper Point (Aldinga) or Lady Bay (near Normanville) this summer. This is a great way to learn more about our unique rock pool creatures and to contribute to their conservation.

Participants will find and identify marine life on the intertidal zone and collect data to help in their management and conservation. This event is open to children over 5 years old but caregivers must accompany their children. 

Proudly supported by the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges NRM Board.

Meeting point: Meet at the carpark at the end of Lady Bay Road (2 km south of Normanville on Main South Road) for a briefing before walking down to reef as a group.

Bring: Covered shoes (e.g sand shoes, reef shoes or wetsuit boots - NOT thongs), camera, hat, sunscreen and a bottle of water. 

Bookings: This event is FREE, however, you must register via Eventbrite.

Community seagrass planting day at Kingscote

Date: Wednesday 17 January

You're invited to come and learn about the important role that seagrass plays in the marine environment. Help restore a seagrass meadow in the Encounter Marine Park by planting seagrass sprigs underwater. A unique, family-friendly way to get involved in ecological restoration.

Marine encounters at Port Elliot Caravan Park

Date: Thursday 18 January to Saturday 20 January
Time: 10am - 12noon and 5pm - 7pm daily

'Coral', the marine parks caravan, will be making her mark at the Port Elliot caravan park as she rolls about with super exciting fun and games for the kids. Learn more about the sea creatures and marine parks of South Australia by joining into the activities on offer. During the evening, your local Park Ranger will be on site at the caravan park for an informal chat to answer your questions about visiting marine parks in the area.

Bookings: This event is FREE and for guests of the caravan park only.  

Port Noarlunga river and beach wander

Date: Wednesday 24 January

Join the Friends of Heysen Trail  on their twilight Port Noarlunga Beach & River walk. Explore historical locations within the town, then around the lower river estuary before crossing the mouth to return along the beach.

Bookings: $5 per person, please register your interest here.

Moana to Maslins beach walk

Date: Wednesday 24 January 

Join the Adelaide Bushwalkers on their Moana to Maslin Beach walk

More information

Sharing our shores - Aldinga marine life and shorebirds

Date: Wednesday 24 January 
Time: 9:30am 

Have you heard about the intertidal zone? The intertidal zone is an area of land where the land meets the sea, and it is sometimes wet and sometimes dry. The intertidal zone is rich in microscopic sea life, which provides a bounty of food for the visiting birdlife. Join our partners from Bird Life Australia and other experienced ornithologists when they set up camp for a few hours with their ‘scopes and bino’s to watch the antics of the birds. The marine parks caravan, 'Coral', will also be on site to help entertain the kids with a swag of activities to learn more about the fascinating intertidal zone at Aldinga Reef Sanctuary Zone.  

Suitable for all ages groups.

Meeting point: Snapper Point car park, Aldinga.

Bookings: This event is FREE, however, registration is required

Port Willunga snorkel tours

Date: Saturday 27 January
Times: Various

Join us for a safe and supervised snorkel with Experiencing Marine Sanctuaries at Port Willunga beach. With all snorkeling and safety equipment provided, each small group is assigned their own snorkel guide so that you can fully immerse yourself in this underwater world. Port Willunga is a stunning beach with many historic and natural features that make this one of the most interesting snorkel sites in Encounter Marine Park. Snorkel groups will be guided over the historic sunken shipwreck -The Star of Greece. You may encounter fish species such as leather jackets, wrasse, magpie perch, long-snouted boarfish and dolphins.

The event is suitable for children 5 years and over whom are good swimmers. At least one caregiver must accompany and supervise children (ratio of one caregiver: two children).

Please note that this event may be canceled in the event of unsuitable weather conditions.

Meeting point: Meet at Port Willunga beach car park, 30min before your snorkel time.

Bring: Drinking water, snacks, towels and sun smart clothing.

SOLD OUT

Port Noarlunga Reef Sanctuary zone snorkel tours

Date: Sunday 28 January 

Join us for a safe and supervised snorkel with Experiencing Marine Sanctuaries at Port Noarlunga Reef Sanctuary Zone. With all snorkeling and safety equipment provided, each small group is assigned their own snorkel guide so that you can fully immerse yourself in this underwater world. One of our best snorkeling locations in Encounter Marine Park. You may encounter fish species such as leather jackets, sweep, wrasse and magpie perch.

The event is suitable for children 5 years and over whom are good swimmers. At least one caregiver must accompany and supervise children (ratio of one caregiver: two children).

Please note that this event may be canceled in the event of unsuitable weather conditions.

Meeting point: Meet at Port Noarlunga jetty, 30min before your snorkel time.

Bring: Drinking water, snacks, towels and sun smart clothing.

Bookings: $8.75 per person. PLEASE NOTE: tickets for this event will be released in early January. Stay tuned to the National Parks SA facebook page for updates.