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About the School

The CERES School of Nature and Climate is the evolution of our education programs into a focused response to the climate and ecological crisis we are facing.

Our education offerings at CERES, in the community, at schools and online, are designed with intention and impact to ensure our learning experiences are regenerative, inclusive, life-changing, and leading. These values are embedded in all program areas and vital for developing the level of leadership and resilience that will be needed in the coming decade.

CERES Education has been delivering sustainability education to children and adults for almost four decades, teaching school students and the community about climate change and environmental challenges before many people understood the science or believed they could be impacted in their lifetimes. In the climate justice movement, students have been leading on climate action and it is our role to help give them knowledge and skills to make changes to their lives, communities and the systems that govern us.

We do this through connecting to peoples’ hearts, sharing knowledge to empower their minds, and teaching applied skills they can implement with their hands.

Our Learning Teams and Audiences:

School Programs

For students at CERES, in schools and online

For teachers and educators, whole school sustainability programs, including ResourceSmart, and professional learning in schools and early learning centres

Adult Learning Programs

Workshops, courses, retreats and accredited training for youth and adults

Our Learning Themes

This unique animated drawing by Permaculture Illustrator, Brenna Quinlan, displays an engaging visual of the primary themes of our educational offerings.

You can also view each of the smaller animated themes and the workshops and courses linked to these themes by selecting the theme image below:

Our Learning Areas

Our learning areas and experiences have been designed to address current and emerging learner needs, interest areas, and community connection practices needed to connect to each other and heal the earth. Our learning tree below summarises our approach to learning from deep-rooted values and a core vision branching out to learning areas and experiences that are able to be reviewed, refined, and pruned to allow for new growth to meet the needs of learners and the earth.

Our Digital Badges for Lifelong learning

We believe that when you learn with us, you are not just learning about a topic, you are learning so much more. You learn to build your knowledge beyond the topic, develop personal capabilities to engage with others, achieve stronger modes of actions and grow further in service to the earth.

CERES’ School of Nature and Climate digital badges will recognise skills beyond the course topics, offering you the opportunity to present these badges meaningfully to prospective employers and other audiences.

The MacArthur Foundation defines digital badges as:

an assessment and credentialing mechanism that is housed and managed online. Badges are designed to make visible and validate learning in both formal and informal settings, and hold the potential to help transform where and how learning is valued.

This short video, ‘What is a Badge?‘ by the MacArthur Foundation provides an overview of digital badges and how they apply to today’s learning.

CERES School of Nature and Climate digital badges:

All 19 digital badges

Our digital badges are issued through Badgr, and you can create a free account in Badgr to create a backpack to hold and display any digital badges you obtain. You can view all our digital badges through our Badgr page.

School of Nature and Climate Online Learning Platform – Thinkific

Our online learning platform, Thinkific offers our current and upcoming online courses, that can be ‘learn at your own pace’ or with a schedule in groups. Our online learning platform for current users can be accessed here for Thinkific.