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Biodiversity & Sustainable Food Systems



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As part of CERES Environmental Education Course, you can enrol in 1 day workshops (professional learning days) that focus on sustainability topics. Through a mix of theory, demonstrations, hands-on and design activities you will explore biodiversity, habitat, connection to nature and sustainable food systems. Learn how CERES teaches biodiversity, explore other biodiversity programs, resources and have the opportunity to design your own environmental education activity. 

Topics covered on the day:

  • Understanding of global and Australian biodiversity
  • Measuring Biodiversity – Habitat Quality Audit - Bird Surveys - Tree Measuring
  • Biodiversity Organisations and Volunteer Opportunities
  • Ways of making a difference in your backyard
  • Sustainable Food Systems – small & large scale and urban systems – Guest Speaker – Chris Ennis, Manager CERES Fairfood
  • CERES Sustainable Food Systems – Organic Farms, Nursery, Grocery & Market, Fair Food, Community Kitchen

Trainers - 

Lorna Pettifer:

Lorna has been working in environmental education and presenting to community groups on sustainability for over 13 years. She currently manages education programs at CERES and passionately focuses on adult education and training programs. Her background in sustainability stems from ecology and zoology and has broadened to community engagement, environmental management, behaviour change and farm and food programs. Lorna has worked as a ResourceSmart Facilitator in schools supporting teachers, students and school systems in sustainability management and whole school behaviour change. She has worked with schools, organisations and communities to help integrate environmental and ethical options into their systems, lives and behaviours. Lorna also has experience as a researcher, bush regenerator, environmental consultant for subject design, GIS consultant and environmental modeller.

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What you will learn
  • What is biodiversity and why preserve it
  • How to measure habitat quality
  • Nature connection activities
What you will get
  • Access to online resources and biodiversity activities
  • Inspiration to teach others
  • Confidence in how to create your own activities

What to bring
  • Pen and paper
  • A desire to participate in activities and contribute to discussions!
What to wear

Dress for the weather, sturdy shoes for exploring the outdoors

Appropriate for

Beginners to Advanced levels in education and environmental studies will gain from the class



Vendor since 2013

CERES - Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies, is an award winning, not-for-profit, sustainability centre located on 4.5 hectares on the Merri Creek in East Brunswick, Melbourne.

It is also a thriving community, an urban farm, Australia’s largest deliverer of environmental education, an event and conference venue and a place rich with social and cultural diversity. CERES is recognised as an international leader in community and environmental practice.

Built on a decommissioned rubbish tip that was once a bluestone quarry, today CERES is a vibrant eco-oasis. 350,000 people visit CERES each year. Many more engage with us through our Sustainable Schools program which takes sustainable education into schools across the state.

CERES’ green technology displays, buildings, education and training programs and social enterprises (CERES’ Organic Market, Café, Permaculture Nursery and Fair Food organics delivery) demonstrate food security, sustainable agriculture, energy efficiencies, renewables and water conservation in action.

CERES is a model for a future with sustainability, innovation and connectedness at its heart.

Come, be welcome, you never know what you will find on our rambling paths.

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