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**Our next course commences on Tuesday 13th April 2019
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.
** A certificate will be issued upon completion of at least 75% of the course
"I attended the Environmental Education Course and loved every single moment of it! Lorna was such a fantastic facilitator; informative, engaging, incredibly knowledgeable and passionate. I learned so much from the course about our environment and what actions need to happen collectively and individually to preserve and protect it. Most importantly, I think that I fell in love with the earth even more and am not wanting to take all she has to offer for granted. I see more beauty in nature than I ever did before. I want to TAKE ACTION (and have) making the world a better, cleaner and healthier place to live. I would recommend this course to every single person on the planet over the age of about 15. I would love more than anything to see this curriculum taught in schools everywhere..... It NEEDS to be. " - Liz, participant October 2019
Trainers and Facilitators:
Lorna Pettifer - Education and Training Manager
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 behaviour 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.
Lauren Kaszubski Excursions Waste Programs Coordinator & Outreach Educator
It all started in Year 9 when Lauren heard the first-hand story of a woman living in the tree top of a Californian Redwood for 464 days in protest against the logging of local Redwood forests. It was the story that would inspire Lauren to start the first ever Environmental Awareness Group at her high school and go on to study Environmental Science & Management at the University of Newcastle. During her time of study Lauren started working casually in outdoor education programs and this soon ignited her passion to work with children and the environment at the same time. Now-a- days Lauren is all about worm poo, recycling & waste management, and local food systems. Lauren started volunteering at CERES in 2013 and soon after became one of the CERES Excursions casual teachers. As of late 2013 Lauren has been the Excursions Waste Programs Co-ordinator. With her passion and knowledge combined Lauren works towards providing students with creative hands-on learning experiences that they can carry with them throughout their day-to-day lives.
Tom Lang Excursions Energy Education Coordinator
Tom grew up on a sheep farm, surrounded by animals, trees, and stars, but spent most of his time reading instead of working. He’s always had a passion for making stuff, learning things, and talking to people, but never quite managed to combine the three until he stumbled on the strange field of Science Communication. In hindsight, it was obvious. He spent 2011 travelling around Australia with Questacon’s Science Circus, and then returned to Melbourne to spend five years exploding things, making robots, and pointing at stars with Scienceworks, Primesci, and briefly, on a geological research ship. He joined CERES as Energy Education Coordinator in 2017, where he is kept busy fiddling with solar panels and buckets of coal. Outside of CERES he can be found designing boardgames and doing comedy shows.
Darren Tinker Excursions Biodiversity Programs Coordinator
Darren has a passion for plants and the way people interact with the natural environment. Coming from a horticulture and geography background, he discovered his passion for education and engaging people through environmental education while working as an educator at La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary and also in his time as an Environmental Programs Assistant at a private college. Darren enjoys volunteering with humanitarian and environmental organisations, participates in community projects and has a keen interest in Permaculture. Outside of CERES he also works as a gardener with the Diggers Club.
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 email@example.com for more information and to book an interview.
- 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
- Experience in creating your own environmental education activities
- Connection with mentors and people in the sector
- A network of like minded students
- Comfortable enclosed shoes/boots
- Appropriate weather gear eg sunhat
- Pen and paper
- Enthusiasm to learn and get your hands dirty’
Casual (Warning: This might get messy)
People interested in creating change for sustainability through education and communication.
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.
CERES Education requires 48 hours notice via email prior to the start of a class or event for a full refund or transfer. Refunds and transfers will not be processed if cancellation occurs within 48 hours of the event commencing. We do not offer refunds for missed classes. There are no fees for refunds or transfers. For cancellations prior to the 48 hour cut off, email CERES Education to organise a refund or transfer
Cancellations and Refunds
CERES reserves the right to cancel workshops due to insufficient numbers.
If we cancel the workshop you will be entitled to a 100% refund, or you may choose to transfer to another date, subject to availability.
If you decide to withdraw 7 or more days prior to the workshop date CERES will retain a 10% administration fee.
If you decide to withdraw less than 7 days prior to the workshop date CERES will retain 100% of your workshop fee.