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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.

Course Overview

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.

Course Content

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

Meet your trainer

Lorna 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. 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 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. 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, 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 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.

ACFE Subsidised Places

This is an ACFE Approved Pre-accredited Course where the cost is subsidised for eligible participants. Participants are deemed eligible through an interview process with our career pathways officer. Find out more information about ACFE eligibility  and apply here. The cost for these participants is reduced to $98.

Terms and Conditions

Our booking and refund policies, concession pricing information, FAQs, as well as other general terms and conditions can be viewed here.

Workshop Specifics

What will I learn?

  • How to make your own bread at home
  • Expert tips and tricks on how to make sourdough
  • How to make your own handmade pizzas

What will I get?

  • Handmade pizzas for lunch
  • Recipes
  • Your own bread to take home and some leaven

What should I bring?

  • Your favourite pizza toppings. CERES will provide the passata and cheese
  • One loaf-sized tin ideally measuring 22cm long, 11cm, wide and 8cm high
  • A clean wide-mouthed glass jar to take home your leaven
  • Apron
  • Two tea towels

What should I wear?

  • Enclosed footwear and long hair tied back.

Terms and conditions

See our refund policy and terms & conditions here.

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