to nature… to community… to yourself.

Programs for Schools

We offer specially tailored Nature Connection Camps camps and in-school programs for schools, facilitated by experienced and qualified mentors.

Programs for Adults

Our workshops, camps and events offer adults the knowledge and skills to become change agents in their community.

Bellingen EYE

Bellingen’s local youth group – the Environmental Youth Experience (EYE) has been offering camps and activities since 2007.

News & Blogs

Event announcements, Lisa’s EYE legends, Benn’s Ponderings, Sustainability Elder Interviews and Andrew’s Nature Blog.

Eat the Street

Our latest project from Bellingen EYE… changing the world one garden at a time!

The youth of Bellingen EYE have long been interested in growing good, healthy food in our community.

In 2011 EYE was instrumental in the establishment of the High School Community Garden. We have picked fruit to raise money for a camp. There was the amazing garden/art project out the front of Kombu, that has turned into a favourite munch & run playground for the local littlies. And of course there is the constant inspiration of “older-than-EYEs” in our community – community gardens, edible streetscapes, incredible private gardens. So it was no surprise when the young people involved in planning for the Eat The Street grant identified growing organic food in public spaces as one of their main goals for the Youth Opportunities NSW application.

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Past EtS Events

What others say about us

“Being out in the bush at camp is kind of indescribable….we are in the forest, dancing and making wild noises in our tribe….and it’s like we are ourselves, our real raw selves, and we aren’t hiding anything and it is okay……and so much fun!”

SavannahAge 16

“A fun adventurous holiday with all my friends… The mentors on this camp are both incredible role models and beautiful, fun, smart people! I also love getting to know new people and making new friends, that is definitely also a stand out. The bonds you form on a camp like this are tight, family like bonds. I think jEYE provides the perfect balance between education and fun and provides important life skills. I love going on jEYE so much.”

EllaAge 14

“…EYE has transformed the ways I live my life, creating a space that furthers my own sense of self and the way I interact with the natural world.”

ZiannaAge 18

“My daughter is a girl of the great indoors. Over the years that she has attended EYE camps she has gained a real appreciation of the natural world and is much more comfortable and confident with her place in it as a consequence.

I think more real learning is to be had on a 3 day EYE camp than a term at school – learning about working with others in a group; learning about thinking independently; learning about the world around us; learning new skills and learning about responsibility. It has also been great fun. EYE is an invaluable part of my daughter’s education.”


Our Team

The CEL team is made up of passionate, knowledgeable, and experienced local environmental educators.

Lisa Siegel

Lisa Siegel

Chairperson / Camp & Workshop Facilitator / Admin
Zoe Moore

Zoe Moore

Secretary / Workshop Administrator / Camp Mentor
Benn Wolhuter

Benn Wolhuter

Treasurer / Youth Mentor / Workshop Facilitator
Olivia Bernadini

Olivia Bernadini

Committee Member / Project Coordinator / Camp Facilitator / Workshop Administrator
Dr. Charlie Brennan

Dr. Charlie Brennan

Committee Member / Workshop Facilitator / Youth Mentor
Jane Noack

Jane Noack

Committee Member / Camp Mentor
Tyler Parkes

Tyler Parkes

Committee Member / Youth Mentor / Camp Mentor
Andrew Turbill

Andrew Turbill

Committee Member / Camp Mentor / Workshop Facilitator