Environmental Education Course 2017-12-14T10:23:20+00:00

Environmental Education Course

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 through 5 key areas of sustainability:

  • Water Use and Quality
  • Energy Use, Climate Change and Renewables
  • Waste Reduction and Organic Recycling
  • Biodiversity and Sustainable Food Systems
  • People, Behaviour Change and Community Engagement

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.

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Sessions 2 – 6 have been designed for special interest, individual PD days for teachers who can’t commit to the full short course. Cost is $120 per person, per session. Refer to the course outline for more information.

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“My biggest takeaways from the course were about waste, healthy waterways, and behavioural change. Fellow students in the course added so much value including (but not limited to) climate change and art, and outdoor education. The resources are thorough and outstanding, the knowledge of the main facilitator and other guests/mentors throughout is exceptional. Excellent networking opportunities. Exceeded expectations on every level.” Shannon, May 2017

“A terrific, well rounded, informative and interesting course. I would recommend this course without hesitation.” Geraldine, May 2017

This course has ACFE Subsidised places for eligible participants. ACFE Information and Eligibility

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Lorna Pettifer – Education and Training Manager, CERES

Lorna Pettifer has been working in environmental education and presenting to community groups on sustainability for more than 15 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. As CERES Education and Training Manager she aims to expand our existing adult and youth education programs and offer more accredited training and new education experiences at CERES.

Kirsty Costa, Cool Australia

Kirsty Costa lives in her element combining her two passions – education and sustainability. She’s spent the last 15 years working in education and sustainability organisations, including being a primary school classroom teacher. Kirsty has also worked for larger organisations like Greenpeace and Oxfam Community Aid Abroad. For the past 5 years, Kirsty has been an education consultant – helping hundreds of schools and early childhood centres to embed sustainability into their curriculum and school operations in meaningful ways. She was recognised for this work in 2014 when she was awarded the Victorian Environmental and Sustainability Educator of the Year.

Kirsty loves helping others and supporting the building of networks and education communities. She specialises in sustainability education and behaviour change strategies that get others on board.

Carolyn Shurey – ResourceSmart Schools Senior Outreach Educator, CERES

Carolyn is a ResourceSmart AuSSI Vic facilitator and ResourceSmart AuSSI Vic Coordinator of the Northern Metropolitan Region. She has worked in education and training for over 20 years, including being a primary teacher for seven years. She has also worked for a variety of environmental, social justice and peace organisations. Among other qualifications, Carolyn has Advanced Certificates in Outdoor Recreation, Groupwork-Facilitation as well as Certificate 4 in Assessment and Workplace Training. She ran her own facilitation and training business, specialising in environmental education, adult training and strategic planning. Carolyn also worked for Nillumbik Shire Council as the Environmental Education Team Leader. She is passionate about walking the talk and aims to educate and empower people to help build more sustainable communities for future generations.

Ian Culbard – Excursions Energy Programs Coordinator, CERES

Ian Culbard – CERES Energy Education Coordinator Ian Culbard is the CERES Energy Education Coordinator. He develops and maintains all the CERES energy programs onsite and also goes out into the community to teach about energy related topics. He trains adults at CERES and at TAFE in Home Sustainability Assessment. He is an experienced teacher, trainer and permaculture designer, with a passion for living the sustainable choices himself. He has presented on Sustainable Transport, Energy and Electric Vehicles to community groups at Darebin, Banyule and other municipalities.

Other Mentors include:

Jim Mead, Environmental Sustainability Education Officer, Banyule Council

Anthony Mangelsdorf, 2015 Victorian Environmental Educator of the Year

Sarah Houseman, Former CEO Environmental Education Victoria and Facilitator for OASES graduate school

Course Dates:

Tuesday 20th March – Tuesday 8th May 2018 – 4pm

8 sessions over 8 weeks

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Sessions 2 – 6 have been designed for special interest, individual PD days for teachers and other individuals who can’t commit to the full short course. Cost is $120 per person, per session.

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2018 Courses:

Tuesday 20th March – 8th May 2018

Monday 3rd September – 22nd October 2018

Course length:

8 sessions > 10am – 4:00pm

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Sessions 2 – 6 have been designed for special interest, individual PD days for teachers who can’t commit to the full short course. Cost is $120 per person, per session. Please book single sessions below:

Book PD days here

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

CERES Community Environment Park

$800 Full | $650 Member/Concession |

ACFE Subsidy Eligible Participants: $88, ACFE Information and Eligibility

Payment info:
Payment in full is required upon enrolment to secure a place on the course. Please contact us on 9389 0100 should you not have access to a credit card as payment can be made by cash, eftpos or cheque via reception. Should you be keen to attend and warrant consideration for a payment plan, please contact Luisa below.

ACFE Enrollments will be sent a link to pay online after they have confirmed eligibility with our Careers Pathways Officer via interview – Contact karen.mengell@ceres.org.au, 03 9389 0127

Class size:
limited to 20 students.

Give Luisa Cardamone a call
9389 0124
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