Melbourne is one of the most livable cities in the world, host to rich biodiversity, parks, gardens and waterways. We are facing future challenges of climate change and competing land, which puts pressure on these natural environments. The landscaping industry is working towards addressing the growing need for workers to have key skills in ecology and ecological sustainability during the design and construction phases of landscaping. The Conservation and Land Management industry recognises changes need to be made to practices in land management, restoration projects and cultural inclusion.
This course aims to connect you with the nature and biodiversity that makes up our local city. You will gain a broad range of introductory skills, knowledge and insights that will equip you to take on further study and work in the Conservation and Land Management, Parks and Gardens and Sustainable Landscape fields. The course is rich in field trips and industry connections, designed to meet the changing Landscaping and Conservation & Land Management industries, which recognise a need for ecological sustainability knowledge and cultural inclusion.
This 8 week course has been designed to provide an introduction to:
- conserving ecosystems as an integral part of the conservation and land management industry, and
- designing and creating sustainable urban landscapes as part of the landscape design and construction industry
- Develop an understanding of ecology & conservation in urban environments.
- Be in, learn from and connect with nature.
- Explore 1st Nations ecological perspectives and connection to place.
- Gain knowledge of indigenous. plants and skills in creating habitats
- Understand pathways and opportunities in landscaping / conservation / parks & gardens
The course incorporates topics such as Nature Connection, Indigenous Land Management, Collecting and preserving native samples and seeds, Propagation, Natural Area Restoration, Soil and Water Conservation, Ecology in landscaping, Greening City Landscapes and Community Action and Engagement.