This short course has been designed for people interested in creating change for sustainability through education and communication. CERES has been in the business of educating students and the community in sustainability for over 30 years. Our experienced educators will take you through experiential approaches to environmental education and effective ways to change behaviours and take action for sustainability. The learner will gain theoretical knowledge and practical techniques to create immersive learning experiences. The course will cover resource use, environmental management, behaviour change and community engagement. Be inspired by our existing programs and demonstration landscape. CERES educators and industry mentors will share their experiences educating and communicating to students, teachers, organisations and community members how to reduce their impact on the earth.

This eight week course explores different approaches to environmental education: 

Session 1 - Introduction to Education for Sustainability

Session 2 - Biodiversity & Sustainable Food Systems

Session 3 - Energy Use, Climate Change and Renewable Energy

Session 4  - Waste, Organic Recycling and Life Cycle Analysis

Session 5 - Water Use, Quality and Sensitive Urban Design

Session 6 - People, Behaviour Change and Community Engagement

Session 7 - Meet your Mentor Day

Session 8 - Graduation and Presentation Day

Each session has been crafted to involve the learner in the topic. Participants will have the opportunity to workshop and practice what they have learnt.

Sessions 2 – 6 have been designed for special interest, individual PD days for teachers who can’t commit to the full short course. 

Lead Trainer Bio: Lorna Pettifer has been working in environmental education and  presenting to community groups on sustainability for more than 10 years.  At CERES Lorna passionately manages and delivers 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 with community groups, schools and individuals. Her work has  supported teachers, students, households and organisations in  sustainability management and behavior change. 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.

This is an ACFE Approved Pre-accredited Course where the cost is subsidised for eligible participants. ACFE Information and Eligibility.

ACFE Eligible participants are deemed eligible through an interview process with our career pathways officer. The costs for these participants are $88 - ACFE Information and Eligibility.

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

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Class Schedule

This course runs each Tuesday from 10:00AM to 4:00PM for eight weeks

What you will learn
  • Background in Education for Sustainability and engaged with mentors and industry
  • Immersion in topics of Biodiversity, Energy, Waste, Water, Behaviour Change and Community Engagement
  • How to create your own activities and you will present your own project at Graduation
What you will get
  • Experience in creating your own environmental education activities
  • Connection with mentors and people in the sector
  • A network of like minded students

What to bring
  • Comfortable enclosed shoes/boots
  • Appropriate weather gear eg sunhat
  • Pen and paper
  • Lunch
  • Enthusiasm to learn and get your hands dirty’
What to wear

Casual (Warning: This might get messy)

Appropriate for

People interested in creating change for sustainability through education and communication.


CERES Education

Vendor since 2016

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.

We are a not-for-loss community business. We run extensive environmental education programs, urban agriculture projects, green technology demonstrations and a number of social enterprises including a market, grocery, café, community kitchen, organic online supermarket and a permaculture and bushfood nursery.

CERES (pronounced ‘series’) is a place where people come together to share ideas about living well together, and directly participate in meeting their social and material needs in a sustainable way. Through social enterprises, education and training, employment and community engagement, CERES provides the means by which people can build awareness of current local and global issues, and join in the movement for economic, social and environmental sustainability.

For thousands of years the Wurundjeri people lived on the land where CERES now stands. The Merri Creek was a focus of their lifestyle, a place to swim and play and a vital source of food. Following the European invasion, the Victorian gold rush and the growth of Melbourne city, the site was quarried for bluestone then turned into a landfill site… As industry moved in the water became polluted and the trees and wildlife disappeared.

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06 October 2017 • Environmental Education Course

Very interactive course, a lot of knowledge and skills brought from the teacher and the other students. Plays, games, discussions were enhancing the program. Clear and accessible information. Pedagogic support Different each day, the approach was very diverse and fine.


03 October 2017 • Environmental Education Course

Such a positive and supportive environment was created to explore and learn better ways to create change. Thankyou.


03 October 2017 • Environmental Education Course

Hey Lorna, Loved the environmental information and the way it was presented - mixing it up with screen presentations, outdoor activities and hands-on small group work - this style of teaching really works for me. I also liked the small size of the group and the intimacy of the main training room. From day one I knew I'd landed in the right place - you made environmental issues personal, as they should be, and your enthusiasm and gentle humour were utterly engaging. The hands-on group activities which usually happened at the end of the day sometimes felt a little rushed for me. Personally, my brain runs a lot slower in the afternoon and I often found the final afternoon activities quite challenging. Which is maybe not a bad thing. I'm just wondering though how it might work if the course started earlier in the day, say 9 am. The course was predominantly focused on education for children, and I understand why it needs to be, but maybe there could be a little more guidance for how to effectively handle us annoyingly stubborn, selfish adults, the main group responsible for destroying the environment. I think that's why I enjoyed the Behavioural Change topic so much and listening to the mentors. There's probably a whole course around changing adult behaviour. Despite these few quibbles the overall course was still a 5 star rating for me. It affected me deeply, it inspired me, it gave me a little more confidence. The content enlightened me, shocked me, frustrated me, warmed me, ashamed me. And it gave me hope. The little mosquito is very powerful. Big thanks Lorna for sharing your rather large enviro brain, your wit, your tears, your dance moves, your Bindi Irwin outfit.

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