Dirty Knees, Scratched Elbows! Drummin NS, Westport, Co Mayo swapped their school desks for the outdoors with Leave No Trace Ireland and Wild Nephin Ballycroy to celebrate International Outdoor Classroom Day. Principal Ms. Tereasa Mc Guire was delighted to participate in the event and said both teachers and children in Drummin love to use the outdoors as a learning space throughout the year. Take a look in our gallery section for more pictures of the fun time the children had learning about the wildlife who share their space and how they can have an impact in protecting the environment.
Leave No Trace Ireland are asking schools to swap the desks for the outdoors, for just one day this November and take part in Outdoor Classroom Day 2018. The international initiative aims to inspire children from across the world to spend more time every day enjoying the outdoor life, taking in fresh air, participating in fun exercise and discovering the world that lies just outside the home and school gates. This November’s campaign will center on the benefit of risky play and learning in school grounds and outdoor spaces, focussing on the impact an individual’s actions can have on our environment. Over 2.5 million kids across the world have signed up to take part this November!
Join Leave No Trace Ireland in this global movement by signing up at www.outdoorclassroomday.org.uk where principals, teachers and parents can pledge their support and receive information, tips and suggestions on how to make outdoor activities an everyday fun and learning experience. Choose one day between November 5th and 16th, when the classroom will move outside, and outdoor play and learning will get kids on the move, exploring their surroundings, reducing screen time and reconnecting with nature.
Outdoor Classroom Day 2018 is an international initiative, led by Learning through Landscapes in the UK, facilitated by Leave No Trace in Ireland, and globally by Project Dirt, acts as a catalyst to inspire more time outdoors on a daily basis: both at school and at home. Its long-term aims include for children to have access to 90 minutes of playtime at school every day.