Environmental Education – Inspire Change

Environmental Education– Inspire Change is a series of inter-related workshops. Designed for people interested in creating change for sustainability through education and communication using hope, not fear.

Environmental Education – Inspire Change has been designed for educators and others interested in creating change for sustainability through education and communication using hope and not fear.

This course has been designed for anyone interested in creating change for sustainability through education and communication using hope and not fear. Our experienced educators and industry mentors will take you through experiential approaches to environmental education and effective ways to take action for the Earth. The learner will gain knowledge and practical techniques on how to connect to learners’ hearts and create their own inspiring learning experiences. Be inspired by CERES’ new learning innovation strategy, diverse programs, approach to measuring our impact, and demonstration landscape.

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Course details

This eight-session course will run on the following dates in 2023:

Fri 14 Jul – 1 Sep

– Concession available
– ACFE subsidised course placements are available. The cost for ACFE Eligible participants is $88.

This eight-week course explores different approaches to environmental education through different topic areas such as:

  • Connecting, sharing knowledge and building skills
  • Learning from traditional knowledge and indigenous perspectives
  • Energy, climate change, renewables and advocacy
  • Circular economy and ZERO waste
  • Nature connection, biodiversity, and regenerative food systems
  • Water use and quality, and urban design
  • System change, behaviour change, and community engagement
  • Industry practice, pathways, and stories

Each session has been crafted to involve the learner in the topic. Participants will have the opportunity to invent, practice, and play with the topics they have learned.

Sessions 1 – 6 (see course content section below) have been designed for special interest, individual professional learning days for teachers who can’t commit to the full short course. Cost is $150 per person, per session. Refer to the course content below for session links to more information and booking options.

* This is an ACFE Approved Pre-accredited Course where the cost is subsidised for eligible participants.

ACFE Eligible participants are deemed eligible through an interview process with our career pathways officer. To learn more check out our Learning Pathways. The costs for these participants are $88.

Contact Karen Mengell on 9389 0127 or email Karen for more information and to book an interview.

Course length:
Eight sessions – 10am-4pm

This eight-week course explores different approaches to environmental education:

Session 1 – Heart Connections and Traditional Wisdom

  • Part A – Connecting, Sharing Knowledge and Building Skills
  • Part B – Learning from Traditional Knowledge

Session 2 – Water Use and Quality, and Urban Design

Session 3 – Nature Connection, Biodiversity & Sustainable Food Systems

Session 4 –ZERO Waste and Circular Systems

Session 5 – Energy, Climate Change, Renewables and Advocacy

Session 6 – System Change, Behaviour Change and Community Engagement

Session 7 – Industry Practice, Pathways, and Stories

Session 8 – Graduation and Presentation Day

** A certificate of participation will be issued upon completion of at least 75% of the course

Lorna PettiferLorna Pettifer is CERES Learning Innovation Director and has been working in environmental education and presenting to community groups on sustainability for many years. At CERES Lorna passionately directs CERES education and training programs. She also has a strategic focus on environmental management and innovation projects at CERES. She is passionate about deepening our response to the ecological and climate crisis through CERES learning experiences. Her background in sustainability stems from ecology and zoology and has broadened to community engagement, environmental management, behaviour change and farm and food programs. Her work has supported teachers, students, households and organisations in sustainability management and behaviour change. As an environmental advocate, she has worked in National Parks, Environmental Consultancies, Universities, NGOs and Wildlife reserves as a conservationist, educator, tour guide, bush regenerator, GIS Consultant, environmental modeller and researcher. Lorna proudly received the Environmental & Sustainability Educator of the Year for Victoria in 2018 from EEV and Australian Environmental Educator of the Year 2019 from AAEE.

Adrian BlackAdrian Black is a CERES Program Coordinator and Educator. Growing up in the Macedon Ranges, Adrian has always had a deep love of nature and the outdoors. After completing a Bachelor of Performing Arts and Monash University, and designing for a number of theatre productions across Melbourne, Adrian was yearning to have his connection to nature as part of his career. Along with his childhood friend, Adrian started his own mobile education business, Wildlife Gone Walkabout, an interactive travelling zoo educating students and adults about Australian wildlife conservation. Due to COVID, Adrian was forced to close his business. Finding the inner city paradise of CERES, Adrian now shares his values and love of the environment with the students who visit. As a passionate climate activist, Adrian knows that educating young people is one of the best solutions to solve the climate crisis and create a sustainable and equitable future.

Chloe Horner is the CERES Excursions and Incursions School Programs Manager. Chloe grew up in the Otways, riding horses, climbing trees and racing her brother on billy carts. She has been working in the environmental education industry for over 9 years. Chloe loves to work collaboratively, which is recognised in winning the 2018 Keep Victoria Beautiful, Sustainable Cities Award in Community Government Partnership. She has tertiary qualifications in environmental sustainability, horticulture and education. Chloe loves to work on community projects and is on the Committee of Management for Collingwood Children’s Farm. She’s excited to be a part of the CERES network and continue to do what she loves – connecting people to community and the natural environment.

Subik BasoSubik Baso is a CERES Cultural Program Coordinator and Educator. Subik graduated with a Bachelor of Agriculture where he learned about the application of Green Revolution methods to farming practices in Indonesia. Soon after graduation, Subik was asked to be involved in a Composting Project funded by the Canadian Government. It was a program that looked into a potential natural fertilizer in the farming industry. This involvement lead Subik onto a different path and he then worked for a research company Operation Wallacea (Opwall) based in the UK before moving to Australia. Living in Australia enhanced Subik’s passion for the environment by working in a native nursery. Working at CERES gives Subik a great chance to learn and teach in the broader context of the environment and social justice whilst continuing his passion… gardening.

The Environmental Education – Inspire Change Course provides opportunities for the learner to earn micro-credentials on successfully completing actions, learning tasks, collaborative design processes, and presentations within this course. Click on the badgers below to learn about each credential. Our micro-credentials have been developed based on 21st Century learning capabilities and researched transferable skills needed in the sustainability and environmental sectors.

CERES reserves the right to cancel workshops due to insufficient numbers.

If we cancel the workshop you will be entitled to a 100% refund, or you may choose to transfer to another date, subject to availability.

If you decide to withdraw 7 or more days prior to the workshop date CERES will retain a 10% administration fee.

If you decide to withdraw less than 7 days prior to the workshop date CERES will retain 100% of your workshop fee.

Should CERES have to cancel the course due to Government changes relating to the COVD-19 response, we will let you know as soon as possible. Affected participants will be sent a notification that includes details on how to re-book another date or workshop. While cancellations on our part remain refundable within the specified time period, we do hope you will consider bearing with us in these precarious and trying times, and consider the rescheduled date where possible.

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