Get Involved

We hope that reading about some of the incredible volunteers, organisations and programs working to protect the ACT’s environment has made you want to explore volunteering yourself!

There are so many different opportunities out there catering to all kinds of skills and interests. On this page you can find a comprehensive list of all the volunteer groups working in the ACT, with a brief description of what they do and links to find out more, including how to contact them.

Ginninderra Catchment Group (North-Western ACT)

Contact:
(02) 6278 3309
landcare@ginninderralandcare.org.au

Molonglo Conservation Group (Central/Eastern ACT, new Molonglo suburbs and neighbouring NSW)

Contact:
(02) 6299 2119
communications@molonglo.org.au

Southern ACT Catchment Group (Weston Creek to Naas Valley, Uriarra)

Contact:
(02) 6296 6400
info@sactcg.org.au

If you’d like to chat to some one more generally about the types of volunteering available in your area, the ACT’s catchment groups are a great place to start. Their friendly staff can help you find the right volunteering opportunity for you.

Alternatively you can call Access Canberra on 13 22 81 and ask to speak to some one about the ACT Government Parks and Places volunteer program, or email the ParkCare volunteer program: ParkCare@act.gov.au

ACT Environment and Citizen Science Volunteer Groups

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ACT National Parks Association

This volunteer-run organisation works to promote national parks, their good management, and the protection of our fauna and flora, scenery, natural features and cultural heritage. They do this by lobbying, education and by hands-on work parties. Their outdoor activities include field trips, work parties, walks, kayaking and car camps.

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ACT Wildlife

ACT Wildlife care for injured, sick and orphaned native animals within the ACT. ACT Wildlife aims to: rescue, rehabilitate and release injured, sick and orphaned native wildlife; educate the public about sharing urban and rural areas with native wildlife; and provide professional training to ensure a high standard of welfare for animals in care.

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ANU Intrepid Landcare

Run through the Australian National University, this is the local chapter of the national Intrepid Landcare network. This volunteer-run organisation focuses on enabling young people from 18-30 to get involved in Landcare activities with like-minded people, and have fun while they do it.

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Canberra Indian Mynah Action Group

The Canberra Indian Myna Action Group was formed in April 2006 to reduce the impact of invasive Indian Myna birds on our native birds and animals. The goup operates as a non-profit association of like-minded individuals who work to implement a strategy to tackle the Indian Myna problem in Canberra and the surrounding region.

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Canberra Ornithologists Group

Canberra Ornithologists Group is dedicated to encouraging interest in, and developing knowledge of, the birds of the Canberra region. The group promotes and co-ordinates the study of birds, and the conservation of native birds and their habitats.

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Conservation Council ACT Region

The Conservation Council ACT Region works to protect the environment of the Canberra region for future generations through advocacy, campaigning and community engagement.

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Friends of Grasslands

Friends of Grasslands is a community group dedicated to conservation of natural temperate grassy ecosystems in south-eastern Australia. The group advocates, educates and advises on matters to do with the conservation of grassy ecosystems, and carries out surveys and other on-ground work.

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Friends of the Australian National Botanic Gardens

This group was formed in 1990 as a community support group for the Gardens. Since then they have raised over $1.6 million on projects in the Gardens and now have over 2500 members. They support the Gardens in many other ways, such as leading guided walks to show visitors the wonders of the Gardens, and hands-on support of research programs.

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Frogwatch

Frogwatch is an integral part of the Ginninderra Catchment Group and focuses on delivering an annual community frog-monitoring program, the Frogwatch Census, which engages large numbers of volunteers of all ages to undertake frog monitoring and protect frog habitats.

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Ginninderra Catchment Group

Ginninderra Catchment Group is one of three catchment groups in the ACT. It is a community-based environment organisation and a Landcare network, operating primarily in the north-west ACT Region. It supports 19 member ParkCare and Landcare groups and runs community engagement and landscape-scale restoration programs.

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Greening Australia Capital Region

Greening Australia is an environmental enterprise committed to tackling Australia’s biggest environmental challenges with the best science and the best people, to return life to landscapes and balance to the natural environment in ways that work for communities, economies and nature.

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Landcare ACT

LandcareACT is the peak body for landcare in the ACT region to help support and promote the over 60 community groups who help look after urban parklands, countryside, nature reserves and waterways.

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Molonglo Conservation Group

Molonglo Conservation Group is one of three catchment groups in the ACT. It is a community-based environment organisation and a Landcare network, operating primarily in the Molonglo and Queanbeyan River catchments of southern NSW and the ACT. It runs community engagement and landscape-scale restoration programs.

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Southern ACT Catchment Group

The Southern ACT Catchment Group is one of three catchment groups in the ACT. It is a community-based environment organisation and a Landcare network, covering Woden, Weston Creek, Tuggeranong and Tharwa. It supports 26 member ParkCare and Landcare groups and runs community engagement and landscape-scale restoration programs.

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Trash Gather

Trash Gather is a grassroots, youth-led clean up initiative gathering people together to protect and restore the local environment and connect with nature. It runs regular litter collection working bees across Canberra, and offers education programs for schools.

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Woodlands and Wetlands Trust

The Woodlands and Wetlands Trust manages Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary and Jerrabomberra Wetlands to ensure rich and diverse environments for current and future generations. They run a number of volunteer programs which enable people to get involved with managing these unique ecosystems and monitor their flora and fauna.

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ParkCare Groups

These groups look after a specific area of land that is managed by the ACT Government Parks and Conservation Service (national parks and nature reserves).

Cooleman Ridge ParkCare Group

The Cooleman Ridge ParkCare Group is a volunteer group that cares for the Cooleman Ridge Nature Reserve. The group is made up of various volunteers from a variety of backgrounds, such as scientists, public servants, homekeepers, and health professionals. They carry out weeding and flora surveys at the reserve.c

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Farrer Ridge ParkCare Group

Farrer Ridge ParkCare is a group of volunteers who meet once a month to care for Farrer Ridge reserve. Activites include weeding, erosion control, path construction and ecological surveys.

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Friends of Aranda Bushland

This volunteer group works to enhance the natural ambience and ecology of the Aranda Bushland, and engage and inspire people to learn more about it.

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Friends of Black Mountain

This is a voluntary organisation dedicated to conserving and promoting the biodiversity of Black Mountain. The group aims to encourage interest in and develop knowledge and understanding of the natural, cultural, recreational, scientific, educational and aesthetic values of Black Mountain.

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Friends of Bruce Ridge

This community group was created in 2011 to ensure conservation outcomes within Bruce Ridge Nature Reserve are upheld. A key objective for the group is to work with ACT Government rangers and local users to protect and maintain a sustainable and accessible nature park.

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Friends of Jerrabomberra Wetlands

Friends of Jerrabomberra Wetlands activities include weed removal, erosion control, revegetation and other land management tasks. They also run a range of community activities including guided walks and science forums.

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Friends of Mt Majura

Friends of Mt Majura is a volunteer group working to protect and enhance the natural environment on Mount Majura and its surroundings.

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Friends of Mt Painter

Friends of Mount Painter is a group of local residents who translate their love for the environment into actively supporting the ACT Government’s management of the Mt Painter reserve. They work on weeding, erosion control, ecological monitoring, and planting natives to help the reserve to become a healthier and more resilient ecosystem.

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Friends of Mulligans Flat

The Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary is a unique area of over 1280 hectares surrounded by a predator-proof fence. The Friends of Mulligans Flat activities include weed removal, erosion control, revegetation and other land management tasks. They also run a range of community activities including guided walks and science forums.

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Friends of The Pinnacle

Friends of The Pinnacle is a group of volunteers with a common interest in protecting, enhancing and promoting the ecological values of the Pinnacle Reserve. They encourage participation by all who use and value the Canberra Nature Park.

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Friends of Tidbinbilla

Friends of Tidbinbilla work alongside rangers to help to protect the natural and cultural environment of Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve.

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Gudgenby Bush Regenerators

This group was established in 1998 to involve the community in the task of rehabilitating land formerly occupied by a pine plantation in Namadgi National Park, 50 km south of Canberra. 

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Isaacs Ridge Mount Mugga Mugga ParkCare Group

A group of volunteers who carry out weed management and other conservation activities in Mugga Mugga and Isaacs Ridge Nature Reserves.

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Mt Ainslie Weeders

This volunteer group works to preserve and protect the natural beauty of Mt Ainslie. Activities include weed control, mapping of weeds and rabbit warrens, planting natives, mulching and watering of plantings, seed collection and seeding of native species, ecological surveys.

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Mt Taylor ParkCare Group

Mt Taylor Parkcare group is a volunteer group which works toward maintaining their local mountain. It was formed in 1991 and its members work to control weeds and erosion and conduct ecological monitoring on Mt Taylor Reserve.

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Oakey Hill ParkCare Group

The Oakey Hill ParkCare Group is an informal group of like-minded volunteers who meet each month to undertake practical conservation work in the Oakey Hill Nature Reserve

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Park Carers of Southern Murrumbidgee

An informal, enthusiastic group which takes care of an area on the Murrumbidgee River from Point Hut Crossing to Pine Island. Their activities include planting, seed collection, weeding and erosion control.

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Red Hill Regenerators

This group’s activities include weed control, mapping of weeds and rabbit warrens, native plantings, mulching and watering of existing plantings, and ecological surveys. They have been working on Red Hill since 1989 and have transformed the ecosystem of the reserve.

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Urambi Hills ParkCare Group

Urambi Hills Parkcare volunteers aim to learn about the local ecosystems and meet their neighbours. They weed, plant trees, manage erosion and generally look after the Hills.

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Uriarra ParkCare Group

This group does weeding, planting and rubbish clean up around Uriarra.

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Watson Woodlands Working Group

The Watson Community Association and its Woodland Working Group care for and remediate the park and adjacent woodlands.

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Urban Landcare Groups

These groups look after a specific area of land that is managed by the ACT Government Parks and Places team (urban parks, wetlands, gardens etc).

For those groups without their own websites, contact information can be found at https://www.cityservices.act.gov.au/public-land/maintenance/volunteering/volunteer-groups

ACT Urban Woodland Rescue

A small landcare group formed in response to the urgent need to protect and restore Canberra’s ecology in the face of climate change. It is committed to protecting and enhancing Canberra’s biodiversity.

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Banksia St Wetland

A volunteer group working to keep the Banksia St Wetland free from weeds and rubbish.

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Bass Gardens Volunteers

A group of volunteers whose main priority is to deal with invasive weeds in Bass Gardens Park and increase the ground cover area of native plants. Their aim is to protect and improve native grassy ecosystem plants.

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Blaxland Park Urban Volunteer Group

A group which works to plant selected native and exotic trees, eradicate weeds and generally cares for Blaxland Park. Its aim is a park which is an accessible, cohesive open space for the community.

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Bragg St Park Volunteers

A volunteer group which has been working at the Bragg Street Park since 2016 to plant and care for native trees and shrubs and encourage nature play. 

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CampbellCARE

A project run by the Campbell Community Association to regenerate a park in the centre of Campbell to by planting native species, creating wildlife habitat, and enhancing the area for the community and for nature play.

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Crace Landcare Group

A Landcare group that works on conservation projects to keep the suburb beautiful and protect our parks, reserves, flora and fauna.

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Croton Park Carers

A small group of volunteers living near Croton Park in Rivett. Their aim is to re-green the park with a variety of local native plants, especially understory species, to provide a haven for residents and wildlife.

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Crozier Circuit Park Landcare

A small and dedicated group who have mulched and weeded this area of urban parkland since the early 1990s.

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Curtin Shops Garden Group

A group of Curtin residents who are keen to improve the public areas and gardens around the Curtin shops and to protect and plant more trees throughout the suburb.

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Dickson Wetland Weeders

A volunteer group working to keep the Dickson Wetlands free from weeds and rubbish.

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Downer Community ParkCare Conservation Group

A group that was formed to help reclaim and restore Downer parks through volunteer driven tree and understory restoration, weeding and general park care.

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Emu Creek Landcare

A Landcare group that works on bush regeneration, weeding and planting. It is also establishing a “tool library”, and setting up set up habitat boxes for microbats.

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Fetherston Gardens Friends

A group that formed in 2010 to restore Fetherston Gardens for the use of the local community.

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Flea Bog Flat Landcare

A Landcare group caring for the Flea Bog Flat area and its flora and fauna, and researching, preserving and communicating its rich heritage.

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Friends of Dryandra Woodland

A community group dedicated to restoring degraded forests and woodlands along the western edge of O’Connor.

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Friends of Lower Stranger Pond Landcare Group

A volunteer groups that aims to improve the natural areas in Bonython centred on Stranger Pond, including its connectivity to nearby areas such as Pine Island Reserve and Mt Stranger.

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Friends of RSL Park

A volunteer group established in 2020 to actively conserve and maintain RSL Park in Campbell. They remove woody weeds, plant native shrubs and grasses, and aim to enhance the park’s landscape and social and ecological functions.

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Friends of Weston Orchard

A group which aims are to rejuvenate the Weston Creek Orchard and fruit trees as a community orchard using organic, permaculture and biodynamic practices. 

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Gilruth Park Supporters

A group of neighbours that got together to care for Gilruth Park, a tiny pocket park in Hackett. A picnic table, repainted benches and heaps of new plantings have enhanced this little park.

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Giralang Pond Landcare

A Landcare group whose activities focus on weed management, planting native vegetation, erosion control and community awareness-raising and education.

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Grevillia Park Meditation and Healing Garden Volunteers

A group that was formed in 2011 to establish and maintain a garden in Grevillea Park, Barton. They undertake a full range of horticultural activities from planting, pruning and weed control

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Griffith Woodland Volunteer Group

This volunteer group meets regularly to remove invasive weeds, monitor native species growth and plant shrubs. Future work could include planting native species consistent with box gum woodland and supporting local wildlife.

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Hall Village Landcare Group

This group does everything related to caring for the local flora and fauna and their ecosystems, including tree planting, weeding, and pollinator care.

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Holder Community Landcare

A group of Holder residents restoring local biodiversity and ecological function to Holder’s green space and sharing knowledge with the local community about applying native biodiversity restoration principles to their own gardens

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Holder Wetlands Landcare

A group that formed to look after and protect the Holder Wetlands. Volunteers meet monthly to weed, plant and care for trees and shrubs, create wildlife habitat and keep the wetlands tidy for people to enjoy.

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Hughes Garran Woodland Group

A group working to progressively enhance a small woodland area, removing exotic species and improving the natural flora and fauna values, installing nesting boxes, ecological monitoring, and maintining walking tracks.

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Jarramlee Park Landcare

This group’s activities range from weed management, planting native vegetation, removing dead bushes and trees and rubbish, community awareness-raising, flora and fauna surveys, education and group social events.

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Legacy Park Volunteers

This is a small, committed group of residents who value Legacy Park. They work on weed removal and control, plantings, and erosion with the use of coir logs.

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Lyneham Commons Food Forest

This group aims to regenerate public land, improve food security, provide education, reduce agricultural impact and grow food for the benefit of all.

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Macgregor Landcare Group

A volunteer group that works on Simpsons Hill nature reserve in Chisholm, ACT.

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Moncrieff Litter Action Group

A group dedicated to keeping the parks and reserves in the suburb clean and tidy.

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Mt Rogers Landcare

A group which works on weed management, erosion control, community awareness-raising and planting native vegetation.

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North Belconnen Landcare

A group of local residents concerned about land management issues along the Ginninderra Creek corridor. They work on weeding, mulching and planting activities, and establishing and managing native grasslands in the creek corridor.

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Scullin Parks Team

A group for people who like to get their hands dirty andmeet new people while helping spruce up some of Scullin’s open spaces. 

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Shackleton Circuit Conservation Group

This is a dedicated group working to clear the hill area of weeds – principally cotoneaster, hawthorn and privet – to allow the forest to regenerate.

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Tocumwall Housing Precinct Volunteers

Local residents of O’Connor gathering to undertake urban park maintenance and build community connections.

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Treemendous Group for Hughes

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Umbagong Landcare

This group’s activities range from invasive weed management, native grass and woodland restoration, rubbish removal and erosion control, to community awareness-raising and education.

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Wangara Park Friends

The Friends of Wangara Parks Group formed in 2019 to look after the natural beauty of urban open areas, used by the local community in Aranda.

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Yarralumla Residents Association Tree Maintenance Group

Pruning and mulching trees across parklands in Yarralumla.

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