Nature

Places to engage with the natural environment in a sustainable way. 

Place to view birds and animals in the wild. Officially recognised or locally-known sites could be accompanied by guidelines for viewing without harm, and details on the species you might see. 

Area set aside for sleeping outdoors, using tents or other camping equipment. Care is needed not to destroy the surrounding vegetation, waterways, habitat or wilderness.

Boathouse, dock, ramp, rental shop or other site where you can launch a small human-powered boat into a body of water.

Often planted on public or formerly abandoned land, community gardens are run by volunteers who cultivate vegetables and flowers, closer relationships to nature and one another. Sometimes fenced and locked or threatened by development, but generally open to all participants, raising the quality of life in the community, and improving air and soil quality at the same time.

Exciting design features including public transport stations, plazas, integrated native plantings and street furniture such as kiosks, benches, fountains, or lighting that use materials and energy efficiently, contributing to the streetscape.
Can indicate an area planned for ecological soundness or where sustainable infrastructure guidelines have been utilised.

Marks the beginning of a hiking trail, guided tour starting point or an interesting walk. Maps, signage and information may be found here.

Gardens that are maintained by public agencies or organisations instead of the community. Public gardens may be large or small, indoors or outdoors.

Flora that is indigenous in the region, sometimes called old growth, heirloom or indigenous species. Native species requires less water and care than exotic imports, and usually attract more birds, bees and butterflies, and help the cycle of life stay in balance.

Nurserys that sell as well as provide valuable information about indigenous flora.

Often follows along a river or streambed, ravine or steep hill, disused rail bed or roadway. May indicate a wildlife corridor for land animals that is left in a natural state, with native plants to shelter them. Often have paths for running, cycling, skating, etc.

Nature Reserves, National Parks, Regional Parks, other parks and public forests. May also be used for private land that has been set aside for conservation, too.

Green space that offers a place to relax and play outdoors. May include picnicking, sports fields, running paths, canoe rental, or workout/play equipment, along with diverse vegetation and a pond, creek or other water feature. Some parklands are publicly-owned and free; others might charge admission. 

Favourite places to see what makes the community’s environment special. Think broadly about these sites and protecting the ‘viewshed’.

Place where you can relax, walk or ride along and play by the water (includes water bodies of all types). Swimming and wading may be possible.

A wetland is an area of land whose soil is saturated with moisture either permanently or seasonally. Such areas may also be covered partially or completely by shallow pools of water. Wetlands include swamps, marshes, and bogs. In South Africa many wetlands are known as "vlei's". The water found in wetlands can be saltwater, freshwater, or brackish.


Where injured or orphaned wild animals are nursed back to health before they are returned to the wild.

Zoos, wildlife centres and breeding programmes, local and global wildlife organisations, volunteer programmes and schools are included.

Native environment for animals and the plants that sustain them.
Can represent native natural environments, or protected areas such as park reserves where larger animals and other wildlife can be found.

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