Environmental Education Course 2019-08-28T14:28:07+00:00

Environmental Education Course

Our next course commences on Monday 8th 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 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
Lorna Pettifer – Learning Innovation Director

Lorna Pettifer has been working in environmental education and presenting to community groups on sustainability for many years. At CERES Lorna passionately directs CERES education and training programs. She also has a strategic focus on environmental management and innovation projects at CERES. She is passionate about deepening our response to the ecological and climate crisis through CERES learning experiences. 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. Lorna proudly received the Environmental & Sustainability Educator of the Year for Victoria in 2018 from EEV.

Tom LangTom 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.

Lauren Kaszubski
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.

Darren Tinker

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.

8 sessions over 8 weeks  *Our next course commences on Tuesday 13th August 2019

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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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This eight week course explores different approaches to environmental education:

Session 1 – Introduction to Education for Sustainability

Session 2 – Waste, Organic Recycling and Life Cycle Analysis

Session 3 – Energy Use, Climate Change and Renewable Energy

Session 4  – Biodiversity & Sustainable Food Systems

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.

** A certificate will be issued upon completion of at least 75% of the course

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2019

Monday 8th April to Monday 3rd June

Tuesday 13th August to Tuesday 1st October

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 single PD days here

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

Location:
CERES Community Environment Park

Cost:
$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.

Class size:
limited to 20 students.