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River Explorers – using their waterway responsibly
In late 2017, the River Explorers programme helped 330 fifth & sixth class primary school children
across Ireland protect their local environment and take pride in their local river, lake or canal,
teaching them to ’Use their waterway responsibly’.
The River Explorers project worked on raising awareness and educating primary school students on their environmental impacts on local waterbodies, and how they can minimise these impacts and keep their local waterway clean. It was all about empowering students to connect with their natural environment and enjoy their natural heritage responsibly and ethically.
Through outdoor and hands-on learning, skills training, resource development and raising public awareness, the programme offered exciting and innovative learning approaches for primary schools.
River Explorers took part in two sessions. In the morning, they were taught how to identify the wealth of biodiversity living on or near their local rivers and canals, how their use of these waterways impacts on biodiversity, and the measures they can take to minimise this impact.
In the afternoon, students had the opportunity to go out and discover the vast array of wildlife that calls the inland waterways their home. Students identified some of the plants and trees along canal and river banks, and even came face to face with some mini beasts living in these ecosystems.
Leave No Trace Ireland and Waterways Ireland were partners in the delivery of the River Explorers programme, which was funded under Local Agenda 21.
Eithne Larkin, Leave No Trace Ireland