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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 revegetation experts at Merri Creek Management Committee, urban ecologists and other industry experts.

Course Overview

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.

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.

Course Content

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 – Indigenous perspectives and introduction to understanding the landscape
Session 2 – Natural area restoration + Intro to plants
Session 3 – Plant Identification and collection, seed collection and plant propagation
Session 4 – Healthy waterways, conservation and monitoring
Session 5 – Soil conservation and forest gardening and land restoration
Session 6 – Creating natural landscapes/landscapes through time, climate change planning and Indigenous ecological knowledge
Session 7 – City landscapes and green Infrastructure CBD tour
Session 8 – Pathways – Industry Mentors – next steps


ACFE Subsidised Course 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 $75.

Meet your trainer

With a keen interest in the natural environment, native plants and sustainability, Darren Tinker has worked in several areas that fall under the environment umbrella. Gaining skills in land restoration, seed collecting and plant production in his early career, he has applied his skills to many projects locally and abroad. Darren was a core part of the CERES education team for six years, designing and delivering biodiversity programs.

Darren has completed tertiary studies in Urban Planning and Environment, Geography and Conservation and Land Management. He is particularly passionate about urban regeneration, green infrastructure and biodiversity sensitive urban design. Now, he works in the climate adaptation space, dabbles in a bit of regenerative forestry and delivers some passion projects on the side. Currently based on Djaara Country in Central Vic, you can tune in to his weekly radio show online at  https://mainfm.net/shows/wild-conversations/

Guest Speakers:
Guests include speakers from revegetation experts at Merri Creek Management Committee and Seeding Victoria, urban ecologists and other industry experts.

Terms and Conditions

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