The Centre for Ecological Learning

provides Earth-based, immersive, educational experiences for all ages that deepen our relationship with ourselves and the natural world, towards more sustainable lifestyles and communities.

ReWilding Our Children

We run a range of nature connection projects for young people. Nature Play programs offer Beetle Buddies (nature workshops for 0-6 year olds) and Wild Camps (school holiday day-camps for 5-12 year olds). The Young Naturalist Club offers bushwalks with ecologists for 10-15 year olds.

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.

Bringing Forth Change Agents

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.

CEL believes we are stronger together, and are part of three alliances – the Bellingen Sustainability Learning Alliance, the Jalligirr Biodiversity Alliance, and the Coffs Coast Regional Science Hub.

Educating our Community

CEL hosts a diverse range of eco workshops, including deep ecology workshops. These workshops, based on the work of Joanna Macy, 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. This is also known as the The Work that Reconnects.

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

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