Teacher professional learning and events

Our Professional Learning workshops are available for group bookings and are suitable for schools, centres, TEN meetings, community and business workshops, and events.

Workshops are delivered by our dynamic and engaging educators to assist with professional learning and sustainability. The sessions are informative, empowering and include hands-on activities that can be used in schools and early childhood centres.

Professional learning workshops for groups

Please note – These workshops are available for group bookings only.

ResourceSmart Schools helps over 1,000 schools develop a whole-school approach to sustainability. CERES helped create this award-winning program and has been delivering it for over 10 years. In this workshop participants will learn what is involved in ResourceSmart Schools, what other schools have achieved, and hands-on experience with different tools that help a school become more environmentally-friendly.

Climate change is a pressing issue facing all walks of life, and the children at your centre probably have questions about it! It’s not however the easiest issue to explain. Learn about the current science and the strategies to talk to young children to help empower them to understand not only what climate change is all about—but also what they can do to help.

This workshop will guide you through the process of creating a zero waste policy at your school, providing you with a templated example to adapt to suit your own school. We will also explore what this implemented policy looks like across your school community.

This workshop introduces the elements of Education for Sustainability – Heart, Head, Hands. The workshop focusses on how to engage children in nature play, have some fun with hands-on activities and learn what other centres are doing to reduce their impact on the Earth. There will also be time to think about opportunities to enhance the sustainability programs at your centre.

Progress on environmental action is often overshadowed by the climate impacts occurring around the world. This workshop is designed to showcase some of the victories towards improving the climate, celebrate those making change and inspire you to take individual action, thereby strengthening the collective whole.

This workshop will assist career counsellors, teaching staff and secondary students to learn about green jobs – which are some of the fastest growing jobs in Australia. We will provide information about some of these exciting jobs and meet some people working in green jobs here in Victoria – from marine biology to renewable energy. We look forward to sharing this information with you and inspiring you to consider careers in jobs that contribute to a safer planet.

Developing a heart connection to nature in the formative years is imperative to raising empowered and active citizens. In addition, there are many studies highlighting its benefits to children’s mental health, development and critical learning.

Through this online webinar learn about the benefits of nature play, how to introduce a nature play/connection program and some nature immersion activities to help you introduce nature play at your service/school.

This workshop provides an introduction into learning outdoors and using its benefits to improve student wellbeing. The workshop will provide tangible ways to take learning outside and create connections with your school’s wellbeing program.

This popular workshop shares the tips and tricks for writing a successful grant application. We will also explore the types of grants that are available and where to find them, read successful applications and learn how to add some sparkle so your application stands out.

This workshop guides teachers and schools on how they can move towards a zero-waste canteen. The workshop is designed to provide the knowledge and inspiration to implement changes in a school setting, with practical tools that can be used to increase responsible consumption and understanding of the circular economy.

This workshop will guide teachers and schools through the concepts of urban farming and the skills, knowledge and benefits that its practices can bring.

We will explore some tips and tricks to get your school started, as well as showcase schools excelling in the urban farming space.

More information to come.

Please submit an enquiry form if you’re interested in this workshop.

Please complete the booking form and provide more information in the ‘Any additional information’ box with the topic you would like to cover.

Workshop details

Up to two hours

$1200 + gst

At your location, onsite at CERES (will incur a room hire fee) or online

Minimum of five people per group booking.

Online and on-demand workshops

CERES School of Nature and Climates’ online and on-demand workshops provide education for you to grow your professional learning and development at your own time, place and pace. All the offerings below are available for individual enrolment. All pricing is on a per-person basis.

In addition, our Environmental Education – INSPIRE CHANGE course, features the option to book individual topic days for teachers. The environmental education workshops within this course can also be delivered for groups and schools on request.


Environmental Education – Inspire Change

Designed for anyone interested in creating change for sustainability through education and communication using hope, not fear. | Jul | $840* | 8 weeks | *ACFE subsidised places available.


Intro to Social Enterprise – Working for a Purpose

Understand business models and skills that aim to tackle social problems, improve communities, benefit the environment and provide people with access to employment and training. | Mar | $895* | 8 weeks | *ACFE subsidised places available.

Upcoming professional learning and events

Getting Active on ResourceSmart Schools Online Sessions

These sessions are designed for schools who are wanting to kickstart their sustainability journey, whether new or re-engaging. The sessions follow an open question and answer structure. There won’t be a formal presentation during these sessions, they are simply open for you to reach out, ask questions and get active in the program. So, if you only have one question and one thing to upload, we can help you do that during the session. Our 2023 dates are pending.

First Nations Perspectives in Schools Professional Development Workshop

  • Wed 21st June, 9am – 4pm.

This full day PD will empower teachers to use nature for connection and storytelling, and build on First Nations perspectives and knowledge. We are delighted that two of Zoos Victoria’s fantastic Educators, Lisa Hodgson and Rebecca Gray, will be delivering a workshop on embedding First Nations perspectives within the school curriculum.

Find out more and book here.

ResourceSmart Schools Progress Workshops

These in-person workshops are designed to support sustainability coordinators and other teachers/educators and staff involved in sustainability from schools working through the ResourceSmart Schools program. CERES facilitators will be there to help you make progress on the modules and Stars you are working on. Attendance at a progress workshop is limited to schools in the northern and southern metro regions, and each school receives two free tickets for this event. Additional tickets are available for $75 + GST.

Coffee/tea, morning tea and lunch will be provided. If you have any questions, please contact us at teacherprograms@ceres.org.au

Please note: These workshops are only available to ResourceSmart Schools working with CERES. To find out more about the ResourceSmart Schools program and to register, please visit Sustainability Victoria’s website.

Northern Region dates for 2023
Term 1 – 9am–4pm, Wednesday, 1 March 2023 – Register
Term 2 – 9am–4pm, Thursday, 1 June 2023Register
Term 3 – 9am–4pm, Tuesday, 15 August 2023
Term 4 – 9am–4pm, Friday, 13 October 2023

Southern Region dates for 2023
Term 1 – 9am–4pm, Monday, 6 March 2023 – Register
Term 2 – 9am–4pm, Tuesday 6 June 2023 – Register
Term 3 – 9am–4pm, Tuesday 22 August 2023
Term 4 – 9am–4pm, Friday 20 October 2023