Landscape Restoration and Indigenous Ecology

Develop an understanding of ecology and conservation in urban environments and benefit from a real connection to place.


Naarm (Melbourne) is one of the most liveable cities in the world, host to rich biodiversity, parks, gardens and waterways. However, with the challenges of climate change and expanding development our natural environment is under increasing stress.

This course aims to introduce you to the biodiversity that makes up our city and equip you with introductory skills in restoration, revegetation and landscape management.

The course includes guest presenters such as Wurundjeri elder Uncle Dave Wandin, revegetation experts at Merri Creek Management Committee, urban ecologists and other industry experts.

Logo: Learn Local – Skills for study work and life

Course details

There are eight-sessions in this course. This course will run on the following dates in 2023:

Fridays, 10 Mar – 5 May or

Fridays, 13 Oct – 1 Dec

CERES Brunswick, corner of Roberts & Stewart Streets, Brunswick East, Victoria

– Concession available
– ACFE subsidised course placements are available. The cost for ACFE Eligible participants is $65.

You will gain a broad range of introductory skills, knowledge and insights that will equip you to take on further study and work in the Conservation and Land Management, Parks and Gardens and Sustainable Landscape fields.

The course includes industry connections, designed to meet the changing Landscaping and Conservation & Land Management industries, which recognise a need for ecological sustainability knowledge and cultural inclusion.

*Subject to Government restrictions, components of this course may be delivered either in person or online.

This 8-week course has been designed to provide an introduction to:

  • restoring ecosystems as an integral part of the conservation and land management industry.
  • designing and creating sustainable urban landscapes as part of the landscape design and construction industry.

Students will:

  • develop an understanding of ecology & conservation in urban environments.
  • be in, learn from and connect with nature.
  • explore First Nations ecological perspectives and connection to place.
  • gain knowledge of indigenous plants and skills in creating habitats.
  • understand pathways and opportunities in landscaping/conservation/parks and gardens.

This course will be occurring on the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation and will aim to centre first nations voices, expertise, and experiences. This course recognises the connection of First Nations people to the land, islands and sea and recognises that many of the environmental challenges we are facing are due to the ongoing effects of colonisation.

* 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 $65.

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

The course incorporates topics such as Indigenous Land Management, Plant Identification and Propagation, Natural Area Restoration, Soil, Water and Fire Conservation, Ecology in Landscaping, Greening City Landscapes and Community Action and Engagement.

Course Sessions:

Session 1: Landscape restoration in context and Indigenous land management

Session 2. Plant Identification and Propagation

Session 3. Natural Area Restoration

Session 4. Field Trip to La Trobe Wild Life Sanctuary

Session 5. Soil, Fire and Water Conservation

Session 6. Indigenous perspectives on Ecology and Ecology in Landscaping

Session 7. City Landscapes and Green Infrastructure

Session 8. Pathways – Industry Mentors – Next Steps


Darren Tinker has a passion for plants and the way people interact with the natural environment. Coming from a horticulture and geography background, he discovered his passion for education and engaging people through environmental education while working as an educator at La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary and also in his time as an Environmental Programs Assistant at a private college. Darren enjoys volunteering with humanitarian and environmental organisations, participates in community projects and has a keen interest in Permaculture. Outside of CERES he also works as a gardener with the Diggers Club

Chrissi Charles cemented their love of plants in Lutruwita (Tasmania) while studying a bachelor of plant sciences (Botany and Ecology) in Nipaluna (Hobart). Chrissi spent the first few years after studying diving into a career in horticulture which included an internship at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne and an almost two-year stint as a researcher and content maker for the ABC’s Gardening Australia. Over the last year, Chrissi has split their time between working at Merri Creek Management Committee as a part of the Ecological Restoration team, studying a Masters of Ecosystem Management and Conservation (part-time) at Melbourne University and learning the ropes as a casual educator at Ceres. Chrissi is excited to share their passion for plants, ecology and getting your hands dirty restoring natural areas.

Guest Speakers:

Uncle Dave Wandin – Wurundjeri Elder & Wurundjeri Corporations Manager of Cultural Practices (Fire & Water).

Michael Longmore – Program Coordinator and Ecological Restoration Planner, Merri Creek Management Committee

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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