From SALA to Science Week: August events at Cleland

Don't let the wet weather keep you stuck indoors this winter – Cleland Wildlife Park offers several exciting events to get the whole family out of the house this August. 

Bandicoot by Jim L'Oste-Brown

SALA at Cleland Wildlife Park

Cleland is showcasing four local artists at its month-long SALA exhibition, ‘Engage, Learn, Conserve’.

The exhibition explores the connection between understanding and valuing nature, environmentalism and conservation through various visual art mediums.

The exhibition will be held in the Cleland café, which is free for anyone to enter. 

When: 1 – 31 August, 9.30 am – 5 pm
Cost: Free.

SALA celebration reception

This evening will celebrate Cleland Wildlife Park’s partnership with local artists Pam Fox, Monique Bound, Kellie Hoffman, and James L’Oste-Brown.

Canapés and a glass of champagne upon arrival are included in the ticket price. Fully licensed bar facilities will have drinks available for purchase.

There will be a welcome address from Cleland Wildlife Park Director Professor Chris Daniels and guest speaker Jo Bain from the South Australian Museum.

When: 2 August, 5.30 pm – 7 pm
Cost: $20 or $15 for Cleland members and DEW staff
Tickets: Available online through Ticketebo.

Festival of the Magpie

Come along and learn about the wonderfully clever magpie. In conjunction with National Science week and Book Week, Cleland has a host of activities running all weekend for kids of all ages.

Activities include:

  • special performance from Mungo Magpie and friends of Heaps Good Productions
  • Prof Chris Daniels will share stories and insights from his book on magpies, ‘The Fearsome Flute Players’
  • special talks from Birds SA Director John Gitsham
  • Birds SA stall with activities for kids and information on local native birds
  • Minton Farm stall with information on rescue birds and how to feed native animals in your backyard
  • children’s activities including giant nest building, bird feeder making, and more.
When: 17 – 18 August, 9.30 am – 5 pm
Cost: All activities are free with park entry.


The Mungo Magpie character from Heaps Good Productions for Festival of the Magpie