At CNLE, we offer an eclectic range of multi-disciplinary nature-based programmes to help individuals reconnect with Nature in profound and meaningful ways.

Our programmes provide all participants with a balanced mix of in-depth theory as well as hand-on practical sessions.

Browse through our list of upcoming classes, and join us for a session that caters to your personal needs and curiosity

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CM 1005
Nature School: 3-Day Children's Camp
05/12/2018

A 3-day camp specially curated to guide our children to rediscover the joys of learning through Nature and creative play. 

This holiday, reward your child with the gift of learning from Mother Nature through a specially curated 3-day Nature-based Camp. The camp is grounded in the pedagogy of Forest School and is jointly curated by Brain Matter and the Centre for Nature Literacy & Enterprise (CNLE) to guide students on a journey of discovery within Nature. Through creative play and inquiry coaching, the multiple outdoor lessons focus on nurturing each child’s unique Curiosity, Collaboration aptitude and Self-Confidence.

3-day Programme:

Day 1 (9am – 4pm) – Learn creativity and teamwork @Mount Faber 

Your child will be given an introduction into the fascinating world of Nature @Mount Faber. Forest School Coach Phoebe, who is trained in the UK, will teach participants observation skills and how to work together to more creatively explore and utilise the multiple elements of nature.

Day 2 (9am – 4pm) – Explore edible plants and appreciate diversity in our Parks @Labrador Park

Your child will go deeper into the world of horticulture and embark on a foraging hunt to learn about the many edible species that surround us each day. Under the guidance of Alexius Yeo, who is an urban farmer, nature educator and entrepreneur, participants will grow in the skills of mindfulness, resourcefulness and communal resilience.

Day 3 – Hands-on learning about environmental design through modelling @Hort Park  

Ending off on a high note, Your child will have the opportunity to learn about plants and their importance in good urban design and living. Coach Vic, who is armed with a wealth of experiential learning programmes with mainstream schools, will guide each child to understand how nature blends seamlessly with Singapore’s dense cityscape. Working in groups, participants will embark on their own creative modelling project to push the boundaries of conventional design and create their own Nature City using lessons, skills and resources accumulated over the past 3 days.

 

Details:

Date   : 5th, 6th and 7th December

Time   : 9am – 4pm daily

Venue : Mount Faber and Labrador Park (Harbour Front area)

Cost    : $350/child or $299/child for group sign up (>1). To sign up, please reserve your slot(s) and we will get back to you soon.

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. What is the minimum age and maximum age of the participants?

The minimum age of the participants for this programme is 6 years old. The maximum age is 12 years old.

  1. What is the coach-to-participant ratio?

To ensure the well-being of the participants, the coach-to-participant ratio is no more than 1:10.

  1. Can I just sign my child up for 1 day or 2 day programme instead?

This programme is specially designed for 3 days to enrich your child with a holistic learning experience. We do not encourage your child to come for just 1 or 2 days.

  1. What do I have to bring for the programme?

Your child will need a water bottle, cap and a fresh set of clothes daily. The fresh set of clothes is meant to change out after each day of learning.

 

SGD 350.00
SGD 299.00
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GS1001
Gardener's Series (Basic) Workshop - NUS
19/01/2019

SkillsFuture Claimable

4 Modules over 2 Full Saturdays on 19th & 26th Jan @ NUS

 Are you determined to learn the art of growing but have yet to find a strategy on how and where to begin? If this is true, then join us for our series of 4 modules designed specifically to launch anyone quickly into the world of horticulture and growing your own food. This series will give you not just the hows, but the in-depth whys behind many methods used by professional gardeners and teachers within the green movement. The curriculum is also structured in a way to include wider information surrounding the discipline of horticulture, so as to give participants a more wholistic, practical and sustainable foundation in gardening. Participants will also experience practical hands-on activities in class and enjoy bringing various gardening projects home to practice.

The topics covered in the course include:

  • Module 1: Introduction to Soil & Soil Science Theory
    • where you learn about the relationship between soil & life;
    • take a glimpse into the ecosystem in soil; and
    • understand why good soil is critical to sustaining a healthy and organic garden
     
  • Module 2: Mixing the Perfect farming Soil, Intro to Plant Physiology & Seed Theory
    • where you get your hands dirty and learn to mix the perfect soil;
    • understand parts and functions of plants
    • understand more about seed harvest and storage; and
    • plant some seeds to take home
     
  • Module 3: Plant Propagation
    • where you learn about the many methods of "breeding" plants; and
    • try out the more common methods like stem cutting, marcotting and grafting etc.
     
  • Module 4: Introduction to Local Edible Plants 
    • where you will be introduced to over 30 local edible plants;
    • learn where to find them, how grow them at home; and the health benefits of eating them

We have intentionally designed our lessons to be modular so as to cater to students who may not be able to commit to all the dates of the workshop. Students who have missed some lessons will be able to make up for them in future workshops. 

Date :    19th & 26th Jan 2019 (Saturdays)

Time:    9:30am - 12:30pm; 1:30pm - 4:30pm

Venue:  Cinnamon College (USP), University Town @ 18 College Ave East, NUS, Singapore 138593

 

In collaboration with Permaculture @ University Scholars Programme, USP and NUS students get to enjoy the following special rates: Flat rate for USP Students @ $20; 50% discount for NUS Students. 

SGD 250.00
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GS1001/A
Gardener's Series (Basic) Workshop - Kovan
16/02/2019

SkillsFuture Claimable

4 Modules over 2 Full Saturdays on 16th & 23rd Feb 2019 @ 33 Poh Huat Drive (Kovan) 

Are you determined to learn the art of growing but have yet to find a strategy on how and where to begin? If this is true, then join us for our series of 4 modules designed specifically to launch anyone quickly into the world of horticulture and growing your own food. This series will give you not just the hows, but the in-depth whys behind many methods used by professional gardeners and teachers within the green movement. The curriculum is also structured in a way to include wider information surrounding the discipline of horticulture, so as to give participants a more wholistic, practical and sustainable foundation in gardening. Participants will also experience practical hands-on activities in class and enjoy bringing various gardening projects home to practice.

The topics covered in the course include:

  • Module 1: Introduction to Soil & Soil Science Theory
    • where you learn about the relationship between soil & life;
    • take a glimpse into the ecosystem in soil; and
    • understand why good soil is critical to sustaining a healthy and organic garden
     
  • Module 2: Mixing the Perfect farming Soil, Intro to Plant Physiology & Seed Theory
    • where you get your hands dirty and learn to mix the perfect soil;
    • understand parts and functions of plants
    • understand more about seed harvest and storage; and
    • plant some seeds to take home
    •  
  • Module 3: Plant Propagation
    • where you learn about the many methods of "breeding" plants; and
    • try out the more common methods like stem cutting, marcotting and grafting etc.
     
  • Module 4: Introduction to Local Edible Plants 
    • where you will be introduced to over 30 local edible plants;
    • learn where to find them, how grow them at home; and the health benefits of eating them

 

Date :    16th & 23rd Feb 2019 (Sat)

Time:    9:30am - 12:30pm; 1:30pm - 4:30pm

Venue:  33 Poh Huat Drive, Singapore 546823

 

We have intentionally designed our lessons to be modular so as to cater to students who may not be able to commit to all the dates of the workshop. Students who have missed some lessons will be able to make up for them in future workshops. 

 

SGD 250.00
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GS1002/A
Gardener's Series (Intermediate) Workshop - Kovan
02/03/2019

SkillsFuture Claimable

4 Modules over 2 Full Saturdays on 2nd & 9th March 2019 @ Kovan

Following our successful run of the 4-part series on Gardener’s Basic where participants learnt about the why’s behind the how’s of plant propagation and soil management; glimpsed into the diverse variety of local edible plants and the numerous possibilities of how to eat them, this next 4-part series on Gardener’s Intermediate dives into the next crucial stage of plant management – why do plants/trees fall sick, how to prevent, diagnose and keep your plants happy, healthy and productive without the use of chemicals. The curriculum is structured in a way to include wider information surrounding the discipline of horticulture, so as to give participants a more wholistic, practical and sustainable foundation in gardening. 

You will learn about:

  • Module 1: Combating Pests & Disease Organically
  • Module 2: Plant Health, Deficiencies & Fertility
  • Module 3: Designing Potted Landscapes for Balconies
  • Module 4: Plant Foraging

We have intentionally designed our lessons to be modular so as to cater to students who may not be able to commit to all the dates of the workshop. Students who have missed some lessons will be able to make up for them in future workshops. 

Date :  2nd & 9th March 2019 (Saturdays)

Time:   9:30am - 12:30pm; 1:30pm - 4:30pm

Venue: 33 Poh Huat Drive, Singapore 546823

 

In collaboration with Permaculture @ University Scholars Programme, USP and NUS students get to enjoy the following special rates: Flat rate for USP Students @ $20; 50% discount for NUS Students.

SGD 250.00
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MC1001
Masterclass on Overcoming Pests & Diseases
12/01/2019

A 1 Day Masterclass on Nutrition Agriculture By a Practicing Agronomist

Ever found yourself asking what kind of fertilizer to use? Have you accidentally killed your plants with the wrong kind of fertilizer? Or wondered why pests always come to infest your precious pots of greens? Here is your chance to learn real in-depth knowledge from an experienced agronomist and practicing horticulture consultant. Come and learn about the correlation between plant nutrition and the ability to combat pests and diseases naturally.

In our Gardener’s Series, we only scrapped the surface of soil studies and the horticultural sciences. However, in this 1-day masterclass on Nutrition Agriculture, we will dig deeper into the professional knowledge of agriculture science. We will be breaking down the intricate ways different minerals work in tandem to resist, repel and control pests and disease.

If you want to bring your knowledge of organic pests control and plant health to a whole new level, then this is an opportunity not to be missed! There are no pre-requisites for this masterclass, but the class’ content is definitely not for the faint-minded. Be prepared for many “Ah-ha” moments and little epiphanies regarding why our plants keep dying or getting sick.

 

Date : 12 Jan 2019, Saturday

Time : 9:30am - 5:30pm

Venue : NUS Utown Cinnamon College, Tutorial Room 1

18 College Avenue East, Cinnamon West Learn Lobe, Singapore 138593 

Cost : $250 (One-time Promotional Offer)

 

SGD 250.00
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GS1003/A
Gardener's Series (Advance) Workshop - Kovan
06/07/2019

SkillsFuture Claimable

4 Modules over 2 Full Saturdays on 6th & 13th July 2019 @ Kovan

This is the final series following Basic and Intermediate where participants had learnt about the why’s behind the how’s of plant propagation and soil science; glimpsed into the diverse variety of local edible plants and the numerous possibilities of how to use them; pest control; how to diagnose nutritient deficiency and address it. In this 2-day Advance series, students will be introduced to important and practical concepts of pruning, companion planting, composting, the intriguing world of microbes, mushroom growing and enzymes.

The curriculum is structured in a way to include wider information surrounding the discipline of horticulture, so as to give participants a more wholistic, practical and sustainable foundation in gardening. 

You will learn about:

  1. Harvesting & Pruning -- Learn the science behind why it is important to prune your plants and the various pruning techniques you can use to make your plants and trees flower and look their best
  2. Companion Planting & Ecosystem Establishment -- Crack the code to growing healthier vegetables using crop rotation, crop diversity and companion planting in the local tropical context
  3. Composting & Vermicomposting - Learn exactly how to do these two forms of waste management and what makes them different
  4. The Microbial World, Mushroom Growing and Enzymes - Learn the various ways of harnessing the benefits of the microbial world, how to grow mushrooms and make enzymes for pest control

We have intentionally designed our lessons to be modular so as to cater to students who may not be able to commit to all the dates of the workshop. Students who have missed some lessons will be able to make up for them in future workshops. 

Date :  6th & 13th July 2019 (Sat)

Time:   9:30am - 12:30pm; 1:30pm - 4:30pm

Venue: 33 Poh Huat Drive, Singapore 546823

 

In collaboration with Permaculture @ University Scholars Programme, USP and NUS students get to enjoy the following special rates: Flat rate for USP Students @ $20; 50% discount for NUS Students & Staff.

SGD 280.00
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GS1004
Gardener's Series Bundle
31/12/2019

This is a the complete series offering the modules taught in the Basic, Intermediate and Advanced workshops of the popular Gardener's Series.

What will I learn?

Basic Modules (2-days):

  • Introduction to Soil & Soil Science Theory
  • Mixing the Perfect farming Soil, Intro to Plant Physiology & Seed Theory
  • Plant Propagation
  • Introduction to Local Edible Plants 

Intermediate Modules (2-days):

  • Combating Pests & Disease Organically
  • Plant Health, Deficiencies & Fertility
  • Designing Potted Landscapes for Balconies
  • Plant Foraging

Advanced Modules (2-days):

  • Harvesting & Pruning
  • Companion Planting & Ecosystem
  • Composting & Vermicomposting
  • The Microbial World, Mushroom Growing and Enzymes 

Why should I take up the Bundle?

If you already have the intention to complete all 3 parts of the Gardener's Series, then taking up the Bundle is, quite simply, CHEAPER. You save $130 with the Bundle than if you sign up for each workshop individually. Plus, you will have the flexibility to complete the whole series at your own pace within 1 year from the start of your first lesson. 

Can I use my Skillsfuture to pay for the course?

Yes you can but it will have to be done in 3-steps:

  1. Upfront non-refundable online/cash payment of $150, perferably by bank transfer / PayLah! / PayNow.
  2. Skillsfuture payment of $250 for a Basic Workshop
  3. Skillsfuture payment of $250 for an Intermediate Workshop

In the event of any shortfall in your skillsfuture fund (all Singapore citizens are entitled to $500 skillsfuture credit), the shortfall can be made up for in cash/online transfer.

Email us at enquiries@cnle.com.sg if you intend to use purchase this Bundle and we will get in touch with you on the next steps.

 

SGD 650.00
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UP1001
Diving into Urban Permaculture in 2 Days
04/05/2019

SkillsFuture Claimable

2 Full Saturdays - 4th & 11th May 2019 (Saturdays) @ Kovan

Have you ever wanted to learn how to build a sustainable garden that mimics Mother Nature? Or do you desire to know creative strategies that can help reduce the amount of maintenance, watering and weeding required by your plants?

Permaculture, which is short for "Permanent Agriculture" is a system of agricultural and design principles centered around simulating or directly utilizing the patterns and features observed in natural ecosystems. Permaculture is now a growing global movement that has changed many people's lives on a fundamental level. 

Come and join us for a crash course into the field of Permaculture. We hope to equip everyday individuals with realistic design strategies to quickly create ecologically sound and sustainable planting areas.

The aim of this course is to help participants gain a basic understanding of Permaculture's guiding ethics, principles and design methodology, so as to be applied to gardening and urban landscaping projects. Participants will leave with the knowledge and confidence needed to begin designing meaningful edible landscapes in their own homes or for their community, whatever the scale, yes even in small balcony gardens!

 The course aims to share the following:

  1. To learn and apply the fundamental concepts and philosophy of Permaculture
  2. To explore existing designs and agriculture strategies used by Permaculture farms world wide
  3. To experience designing a community garden based on Permaculture design principles.

In this 2-day workshop, you will learn about:

  • Origins of Permaculture & where it is heading

  •  Ethics and design principles of Permaculture

  •  Concepts of Permaculture

  •  Design strategies in Permaculture

  •  Application of Permaculture to Singapore's urban & tropical context

  •  Table-top design exercise & presentations

  •  Hands-on learning

Date :    4th & 11th May 2019 (Saturdays)

Time:    9:30am - 12:30pm &  1:30pm - 4:30pm

Venue:  33 Poh Huat Drive, Singapore 546823

We keep our class size small for optimal learning and interactive experience. Seats are limited so do sign up now to reserve your spot. 

*All graduates of our permaculture workshop will be given priority to participate in our Farm Build courses - where participants actually gets to roll up their sleeves and build a garden/farm from scratch!  

SGD 400.00
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FS1001
The Wild Food Lab
Course Date TBC

Identify local plants and transform them into amazing dishes

Learn to identify local plants that are not commonly known to be edible with our urban farmer and nature educator, Alexius Yeo.

In Lita’s kitchen, be prepared to be blown away when she demonstrates how these local plants can be transformed into amazing dishes. Using simple cooking methods, a dose of creativity and a pinch of imagination. be amazed at the possibilities when you put these ingredients together! Be prepared for lots of hands-on action!!

Then dig into the food, have a laugh and a fun-filled morning with your new-found friends. Finally, take home some food and recipes to impress your family and friends.

In this session, you will learn to make:

  • Laksa Pesto pull apart bread
  • Torch ginger pesto
  • Torch ginger salad dressing served with Singapore Salad (locally grown salad varieties and herbs)
  • Laksa pesto
  • Rukam masam
  • Rukam masam Jam Cake

And get to taste various dips and sauces made with local herbs and plants, tasty botanical infused drinks and a chempadak cake (depending on availability).

This workshop, which is part of The Wild Food Lab series has been carefully crafted by Gastrogeography of Singapore (GOS) and the Centre for Nature Literacy and Enterprise (CNLE) to bring awareness to the wonderful wealth of food source at our doorstep (literally) and how with some imagination, they can be transformed into mouth-watering dishes that would make any 5-star chef proud.

Be Curious. Be Hungry.

Group Size       :  13 Pax (max)

Date                 :  22th  April (Sun) - class is full  next workshop date to be confirmed soon

Time                 :  9am - 12pm

Venue               :  Hillcrest Arcadia, 259 Arcadia Rd, Singapore 289852

Price                 :  S$ 88 per pax

 

This workshop is proudly brought to you by Gastrogeography of Singapore (GOS) and Centre for Nature Literacy & Enterprise (CNLE)

SGD 88.00