Knox Environment Society

- IMPORTANT COVID-19 NOTICE -

To keep our volunteers and other customers safe, please remember:

  • To assist with speedy sales and reduce contact time at the nursery, please check out our stock list to have an idea of what you want to purchase. For more information on local species, please see our Flora of Knox database,

  • If you have any cold or flu like symptoms, please do not enter.

  • Please sanitize your hands before entry.

  • Please pay via card (we now have eftpos!) or direct debit on your phone if you can.

  • Please be conscious of your surroundings and maintain a distance of 1.5m from others

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Knox Environment Society Objectives

  • To actively promote sustainability within Knox and the wider community;

  • To engage in projects and activities that monitor, protect and enhance the environment;

  • To work with stakeholders including government, the community and business to advance environmental and sustainability policies, programs and practices.

Our motto: "Principle before profit."

KES Indigenous Nursery

In 1985, the Knox Environment Society established what is believed to be one of the first indigenous nurseries in Australia. The Indigenous Nursery is completely volunteer run and most of the money the Society earned through plant sales goes back into the community for environmental campaigns and projects, both locally and globally, such as the Sword-grass Brown Butterfly project, local wildlife carers, lobbying for better public transport and donations to other groups striving for similar objectives.

To find out more about what our Nursery volunteers do, please please see our Volunteering at the KES Nursery page.

If you would like to become a volunteer, please see our Membership page.

If you would like to visit us or buy plants, please see our Location and Open Hours.

What's On

Knox Repair Cafe

The Knox Repair Cafe meets at the KES Indigenous Nursery on the second Saturday of each month (excluding January).

Due to COVID-19 social distancing restrictions, you must book ahead for a session and spaces are limited. To book, please visit the KRC Facebook page.

Knox Nature Discovery Passport

Grab your copy of the Knox Nature Discovery Passport and head on out to 50 of the best bushland reserves in Knox!

How to join in on the fun:

1. Head out to your local Eastern Regional Library, visit the KES Nursery or head to the Knox Council Civic Centre and grab your Passport.

2. Flip through and pick somewhere that looks fun!

3. Grab the kids and/or your friends and head out to explore somewhere new!

4. Fill out the passport as you go. What did you see? What did you love about the reserve? How did it make you feel?

It's that simple! But wait! There's more!

20 of the locations have hidden Geocache's for your to find! Inside each Geocache is a unique stamp to mark off that location in your Passport. For every 5 stamps you collect, you get fee plants from us! You could collect up to 36 plants by visiting all 20 of the reserves!

Download the free Geocaching app and look for Geocahse's marked KNDP.

The pest part is, this isn't just a school holiday event, so why not visit a different reserve every weekend, that's a whole year of things to do!

Pollinators Up Close - iNaturalist training & field walk and talk

This 2 hour session, run by expert Dr Luis Mata from the University of Melbourne will include a one hour introduction to the online platform iNaturalist and explain the importance and value of citizen science. The second half of the session will be an outdoor walk and talk around Knox Environment Society where participants can capture insects, plants and anything wild using iNaturalist.

When: Monday 26th April 2021 at 11:30am – 1:30pm

See our Calendar for more information

City Nature Challenge 2021: Melbourne - Eastern Metropolitan Area

During the 4-day window of this challenge, snap a photo of a plant or animal and upload it to iNaturalist making sure to include the location! The observations will automatically be pooled to this project so that we can compete with participants from cities all over the world!

See our Calendar for more information

Check out our Calendar for more events!

Cover Photo by Melissa Allen: Burchardia umbellata - Milkmaids