Our residential programs aim to help people rediscover the magic of life itself. Courses provide basic ecological knowledge and critical thinking skills necessary for decisions ahead.
Today's youth and community face an uncertain future of accelerating environmental change. But trends are not the same as destiny. There are choices between runaway environmental damage and ecological restoration. Young people need to be equipped for complex decision making. But most importantly, young people need motivation, hope and inspiration that they can make a difference. Modern urban lifestyles can disconnect people from an appreciation of the natural systems that sustain life.
In response, we aim to continue to provide quality environmental education in a natural setting as a cornerstone of learning. The Centre lies on the edge of rainforest adjoining the World Heritage Border Ranges National Park.
“A revolution in education is under way and it is starting in the most unlikely places... the goal of the revolution is the reconnection of young people with their own habitats and communities. The classroom is the ecology of the surrounding community, not the confining four walls of a traditional school. The pedagogy of the revolution is simply a process of organized engagement with living systems and the lives of people who live by the grace of those systems... We need a transformed curriculum and schools as the start of a larger process of change that might eventually transform our communities and the culture beyond. If this occurs, and I believe that it will, it will begin with small everyday things: freshwater shrimp, the trees along the banks of streams, the lives of ordinary people, the stories we tell and the excitement of children.”
David W. Orr from the essay ‘A Sense of Wonder’