Here at the Canberra Environment Centre, we recognise that a healthy and vibrant community is much more able to take care of itself and its environment than a fragmented one. Building community is about connecting with each other and sharing our skills and ideas to nourish ourselves and our environment. Find out about the different environment and community groups in the ACT in the directory below and further down, find out how you can be involved in building community at the Centre.

Environment and Community Groups in Canberra

Conservation and Wildlife

Landcare ACT – Get involved with a local landcare group.

Greening Australia – semi-regular tree plantings and landscape restoration

National Parks Association ACT – conservation, education and organised bushwalks

ANU Intrepid Landcare – adventure and expeditions combined with land care activities

ACT Wildlife – wildlife rescue and rehabilitation

Frog Watch – frog monitoring and education

Friends of Grasslands ACT – conservation group dedicated to protecting the ACT’s grasslands and woodlands

Australian Native Plants Association - society for growing and promoting native plants


Slow Food – Canberra branch of the international slow food movement

The Food Coop Shop & Café – sells fresh organic and sustainable produce

Vegan ACT – vegan community group

See more on community gardens here.

Gardening and Permaculture

Canberra Organic Growers Society – organising group for community gardens across Canberra

Canberra City Farm – community city farm on Dairy Rd

Permaculture Canberra – Canberra based permaculture group, partners with CEC for the permaculture design certificate

Permablitz – converting gardens into permaculture paradise

Lyneham Commons – open food forest in the Inner North

The Dirty Beanstalk – Food Coop and ANU-based gardening group


Conservation Council – peak body for environmental groups in the ACT region

The Australian Youth Climate Coalition – Canberra branch

Environmental Defenders Office – non-for-profit legal centre – Canberra branch of’s global climate movement

The ANU Environment Collective – runs university-wide campaigns, including Fossil Free ANU


Pedal Power – peak body for cycling in the ACT

The Recyclery – supplies second-hand bikes for the Canberra community. A LEAD partner.

Living Streets – walking advocacy Canberra

Research and education

Frank Fenner Foundation – promoting dialogue and research towards a healthy planet

The Mulloon Institute – focused on researching and demonstrating regenerative methods of land management  

The Australian Botanic Gardens

General community

SEE-Change – enabling change in society, the environment and the economy

The Urban Homesteading Club (Canberra & Surrounds) – Facebook group

LEAD – disability enterprise and contractor

ACTSmart – ACT government division dedicated to delivering energy and climate resources and programs for Canberrans

Transition Towns – sustainability networking and collaboration  

Join Our Community

Our member groups are key to creating a vibrant sustainability network across Canberra. All community and environment based groups are invited to join us as a member. See our current members here.

ANU Organic Garden

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join us in the garden for any period of time from Tuesdays to Thursdays 9:00am to 5:00pm each week. If you need a break from your studies or you just want to help out and take home some fresh veggies or simply want to learn a thing or two about growing your own food, come down and say hello.

On Thursdays from 12:30pm we fire up our wood-fired pizza oven and make pizza with produce from the garden, a great time to come and check out the garden. The garden is right here at the Canberra Environment Centre and would love to see you down here to share some stories, get your hands dirty and eat fresh veggies from the garden. Learn more about our garden project here.

Volunteer at the Centre

From time to time the Centre hosts volunteers in formal and informal roles. Please contact us if you have any ideas or ways you would like to contribute. Current opportunities include garden work, archiving and helping out in various roles at the Canberra Harvest Festival or Eco Elves Night Market.

Attend a workshop, event or sustainability network

The Centre’s sustainability workshops are great spaces to learn together and meet a diverse cross-section of the Canberra community. Our workshops attract people of all ages, skills, abilities and backgrounds. All are welcome to attend.

Sustainability networks are events run by the Canberra Environment Centre that aim to bring people together around sustainability issues. Participation and dialogue are always encouraged. Past events include Life without Plastic, EATology and Designing a Sustainable Canberra.