Building skills and inspiring a love of nature.
We can help you host workshops and courses across a range of sustainable and nature education topics (listed below). We partner with local facilitators to design and deliver a range of options that will get people close to nature and active in their homes, yards and beyond.
Activities, skills and connections
These events feature activities, interactive discussions and one-on-one support to energise, inspire and prepare people for their next step.
Cost-neutral or low cost
In most cases, there will be no (or very little) cost for hosts, as delivery is generally covered by participant fees. Participant fees are kept to a minimum, but hosts may choose to reduce them further by contributing towards the delivery cost.
How to host a workshop or course
Hosts can be councils, natural resource centres, businesses, social services and community organisations and groups. To host a workshop or course, you will need:
- a suitable venue
- time to promote the event to your community
- some funds if you choose to reduce participant fees.
If you would like to host a workshop or course, or for more information, please email Urban Sustainability or phone 8204 9925.
Workshops – single session
Our growing range of two-to-three-hour workshops give people a chance to try something new. Some workshops can be run outdoors. They can be a stand-alone activity or combined with larger events such as a community festival.
Gardening in small spaces
Transform a balcony, courtyard or windowsill into a productive garden. Participants bring a map of their home and workshop their ideas with the facilitator.
Native bees in your backyard
Build a native bee hotel and explore the special role of native bees. Participants take home three local native plants to grow their own bee restaurant.
Build a wildlife nest box
Discover how to support native wildlife. Learn about natural hollows, hollow-dependent wildlife and positioning and maintaining nest boxes. Participants build a nest box to take home.
Natural hiking and camping meals with compostable packaging
Create quick, easy and light-to-carry camping meals without plastic packaging. Participants take home two hiking meals and a five-day meal plan.
Smartphone nature photography
See nature through a new lens with this introduction to basic photographic concepts. Participants try out new skills in natural surroundings and receive one-on-one feedback from the instructor.
Draw, write and scribble to get a deeper appreciation of the natural world. Participants take home an artist pencil and journal to continue their journalling at home.
Redesign your home for health and wellbeing. Learn how to reconnect with natural materials, plants and light. Participants bring a map of their home to workshop their ideas with the facilitator and take home one indoor plant.
Sustainability skills: make beeswax wraps, produce bags and jute scrubbers
Make reusable alternatives to cut down on plastic use. Participants create and take home a beeswax wrap, produce bag and jute scrubber.
Courses – multiple sessions
We offer the following courses to allow people to explore topics in greater depth.
Growing great veggies
Take vegetable growing to the next level. Participants will learn how their garden can flourish all year round.
Duration: 1 day + half-day follow-up session six months later
Cost to host: Delivery costs can be covered by participant fees or subsidised by hosts
Read more about outcomes from this course.
Learn to live lighter, with sessions covering gardening for biodiversity and food, water, community, healthy you, healthy home, living simply, waste, energy and transport.
Duration: 7 weeks (2.5 hours per week)
Cost to host: $2000
Read more about Living Smart.
Explore the impacts of our food choices and what we can do to support sustainable, fair and healthy food for all.
Duration: 4 weeks (2.5 hours per week)
Cost to be confirmed once 2019 trials with The Food Embassy are completed.