Natural Connection

Residents on the job cleaning their neighbourhood
Our Natural Connection program delivers a range of activities that connects the community to Newcastle's unique natural areas. Through engagement, education and community partnerships the program strives to conserve and protect our important coastline, estuary, wetlands, bushland and creeks.

Throsby Catchment Care

We will be hosting a creek-a-thon of activites to help protect our much-loved Throsby Creek as part of our latest environmental initiative, Throsby Catchment Care. You can discover how healthy your creek is by getting involved in workshops and also join the community in June for a planting day in Islington Park.

Waterbug Workshops

Become a waterbug blitzer by attending our waterbug training workshops for residents living in the Throsby Creek Catchment. You’ll learn what waterbugs are, why they are important and meet waterbugs up close.

Workshop 1

When: 10am to 3pm Wednesday 26 May 2021
Where: Club Kotara, 2 Howell St, Kotara NSW 2289

Workshop 2

When: 10am to 3pm Saturday 29 May 2021
Where: Club Kotara, 2 Howell St, Kotara NSW 2289

On the day please bring enclosed shoes, hat, water bottle and mug and don’t forget to bring your phone with the ‘The Waterbug App’ downloaded and ready to go. Lunch and light refreshments will be provided.

Islington Park Planting Day

Roll up your sleeves and dust off your green thumb to help us plant native plants in Islington Park on Sunday 20 June from 10am. Hundreds of native plants will be planted to help protect trees in Islington Park and improve Throsby Creek’s water quality. Please wear appropriate clothing and enjoy a free BBQ on the day.

For all events, RSVP is essential so please call 4974 2728 or email

This project received grant funding from the Federal Government’s Communities Environment Program.

Learning about your coastline

City of Newcastle has been collaborating with University of Newcastle to develop a series of educational videos about your coastline. You can watch them all below.

Coastal Management: Structures

Coastal Management: Sand Nourishment

Coastal Management: Sand Movement

Previous Coastal Processes Videos

We also collabroated with the University in developing videos about surf breaks, bluebottles, misconceptions and squeaky sand.

Who's at home in your backyard?

There are plenty of ways you can connect with your natural environment and the city's urban wildlife. Check out these activities which are great for getting the family outdoors and enjoying nature.

Natural Connection e-newsletter

Our Natural Connection April e-newsletter has some great tips for building planter boxes, growing veges and helping our local biodiversity with a wildlife nest box.

Subscribe to our monthly Natural Connection e-newsletter to keep updated on upcoming environmental events.