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Landscape Restoration and Indigenous Ecology

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

*Limited Tickets Still Available* To book please contact adultlearning@ceres.org.au

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

*Session order and content subject to change


ACFE Subsidised Course Places

* 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. Find out more information about ACFE eligibility HERE. The costs for these participants are $75.

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Meet your trainer

Sarah Murfitt is an environmental scientist and educator who has worked in conservation and education for over 10 years. From working on world-first conservation projects such as the Warrnambool Middle Island Project, to experience in environmental planning with the Department of Environment. Her recent experience includes revegetation and eco-tourism at Wildlife Wonders in Apollo Bay, and facilitating nature play for curious young minds. Sarah has completed an honours degree in environmental science and is currently working at CERES Student Programs as an educator and operations coordinator. She is passionate about sharing knowledge about the natural world in a creative way.

Guest Speakers:
Guests include speakers from Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation, Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation, Merri Creek Management Committee and Seeding Victoria.

Terms and Conditions

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


May 17 @ 10:00 am 3:00 pm

8 weeks
CERES Brunswick, Corner of Roberts & Stewart Streets, Brunswick East, Victoria.

Concession Available.
ACFE subsidised place: $75

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