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 – local groups and catchment coordinators
Greening Australia – semi-regular tree plantings and landscape restoration
National Parks Association ACT – conservation, education and organised bushwalks
ANU Landcare Intrepid – 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
Slow Food – Canberra branch of the international slow food movement
Southern Harvest – local and regional hub for food communities
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
350.org – Canberra branch of 350.org’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
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.