Free Online Courses

I have always been interested in continuing my environmental education, but am reluctant to spend a lot of money these days (especially since I am still paying off my university student loans). So, I have been searching online for free courses in sustainability, earth science, environmental science, botany, permaculture, alternative energy, etc., and I was amazed at how many resources I found! I have included a number of links to these online courses below. Many of the sites also offer courses in other subject areas, such as business, education, social sciences, math, and the list goes on. Some of them offer certificates, most do not, but they’re great if you’re just wanting to increase your knowledge or beef up your resume.


Open Permaculture School

  • Offers several video lectures including: permaculture fundamentals; design & patterns; plants, climates & soils; design projects; water & aquaculture; urban applications; and interviews.

The Open University – OpenLearn

The Open University – iTunes U

North Carolina State University

University of California, Los Angeles (YouTube Channel)


If you find any other free online learning sites (especially if they have an environmental context), please let me know and I will add them to the list. Happy learning!


Brie Bennett
Green Guerrilla Sustainability







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