On Monday next (October 1st 2012) MulkearLIFE will launch the fourth year of its highly successful Environmental Education Programme. The Programme targets primary and post primary schools within the Mulkear catchment and in adjacent areas. To date the programme has reached over 1,300 school-children and their teachers. By the end of the 2012-2013 acedemic year, MulkearLIFE hopes to have added another 300 to 400 school children to that total. The Programme is open to all schools in the Mulkear catchment. To get your school involved get in touch with the Project on Tel. No. 061 300 238 or email email@example.com.
Doon Convent NS, Bilboa Bridge, April 2012 (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)
The Environmental Education Programme involves two engagements – a classroom presentation by MulkearLIFE and a field trip within the Mulkear Catchment to various river sites such as Annacotty weir on the Mulkear River, Bilboa Bridge on the Bilboa River or the Clare Glens on the Clare River. Events take place during the academic year with field trips usually taking place in April, May and June. The river based field trips have given school children, their teachers and teacher assistants, in schools across Limerick and Tipperary counties, great enjoyment over the past three years and MulkearLIFE is hopeful that the fourth year of the programme will be the best yet.
Kick sampling in the Mulkear River, Kilcommon NS, June 2011 (Image: Catherine Daly)
The Programme is entirely free of charge to schools and participating students gain a better understanding of the work of MulkearLIFE and the importance of riparian habitat and the connectivity of rivers and wildlife corridors. Students also gain a better understanding of Ireland’s fish species, invertebrates and water quality, the major threat of non-native invasive plant species. All field trips are planned following the seven principles of Leave No Trace and these principles are put into practice during the field trip.
Invertebrate ID, Kilcommon NS, Mulkear River (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)
The Programme gives the schoolchildren involved a heightened sense of "environmental ownership" and recognition of the importance of the river catchment as an important natural resource. In particular the Programme promotes awareness of the catchment and the habitats and species in the rivers and streams. Developing this greater understanding and respect for the flora, fauna and physical habitat is of a great help to the schoolchildren and their teachers to better understand the positive and negative environmental impacts of our own daily actions.
Removing Himalayan Balsam, Annacotty, Kilcommon NS (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)
To get your school involved get in touch with the Project on Tel. No. 061 300 238 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Exploring the riparian zone, Cloverfield NS, April 2012 (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)
Tineteriffe NS, Upstream on the Bilboa River, April 2012 (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)
Who stole the otter poo? Garrydoolis NS, April 2012 (Image: Glen Wightman)
Leave No Trace Awareness, Cappawhite NS, April 2012 (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)
What’s in the Bucket? Oola NS, Bilboa River, April 2012 (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)