Disconnect… to reconnect

The Centre for Ecological Learning provides Earth-based, immersive, and meaningful education experiences about the natural world and our relationship with it. We have helped thousands of people of all ages connect with nature, community and themselves.

Nature Connection

We run a range of nature connection projects for young people: Beetle Buddies – nature workshops for preschoolers; the Young Naturalist Club – bushwalks with ecologists for teens; and Bellingen EYE – overnight camps for young people.

Leading Change

When we are connected with our planet, we become driven to protect it. Our nature connection programs give birth to inspired change agents, who come together and form new CEL projects such as Youth Against Plastic and Waste Not Bellingen, which create long-lasting positive change in our community.

Public Speaking

Andrew Turbill is an environmental educator, a wildlife naturalist, a writer, and nationally renowned speaker. His inspiring, entertaining and insightful presentations are suitable for a broad range of audiences including conferences, parents, teachers and corporate keynotes. Andrew Turbill

Community Gardening

We run two Dig’n’Dine programs at the Bellingen High School Community Garden – a weekly in-school program and a monthly community gathering. These events see community members and students connect over a meal of vegetarian cuisine cooked with love and gratitude.

Deep Ecology

Reconnection workshops offer connection to other community members, through conversation and group exercises that acknowledge both gratitude for the beauty of our world, and despair for what is happening to our planet. The Work that Reconnects

Programs for Schools

CEL offers specially-tailored camps and in-school programs for schools, facilitated by experienced and qualified mentors. We work with any sized high school group on the east coast of Australia.

Why Nature Connection?

“Few areas of life provide young people with as much opportunity as the natural world for critical thinking, creative enquiry, problem solving and intellectual development.”

– Stephen Kellert, editor of “Children and Nature”

One of the most effective steps humanity can take to transition to sustainability is through increasing outdoor nature education for children, as well as the overall engagement of society in the appreciation of nature

– World Scientists Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice, 2017