Environmental Education Course

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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. 

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.

Shane French Excursions Area Manager

Shane’s environmental journey started when his Mum sat him down at the age of about 11 and explained that the environment was in crisis. He wasn’t sure he understood at the time, but those lessons and insights sat with him somewhere until they were ready to bloom. Whilst doing his Environment Degree at RMIT in 1999, Shane worked part time for Greenpeace Australia, training local fundraisers and campaigners. During this time he also helped put together a travelling environment education children’s show called “The Trash Fairies” in which he had the honour of playing Punk Fairy. This experience helped plant the seed of the education bug he later contracted. After finishing up at Greenpeace, Shane pursued a teaching degree at Melbourne University, and on completion of this worked part time at both Melbourne Zoo and CERES as an environmental educator. In 2006, Shane focused solely on teaching at CERES which lead him to becoming the CERES Education Excursions Manager in 2012.Shane remains more committed than ever to the CERES mission: “Address the causes of climate change, Promote social well-being and connectedness, Build local and global equity, and Embrace and facilitate rapid change.” Most importantly, Shane is a passionate supporter of the Richmond Football club and the English cricket team. Both of which are fantastic character building pass-times.

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.

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 karen.mengell@ceres.org.au for more information and to book an interview. 

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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)

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

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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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