In recent weeks schools in Mayo, Donegal and Sligo have had visits from the Leave No Trace Education Officers delivering the Explorers Marine Programme.
The Explorers Education Programme provides fun lesson plans, resources and activities for primary school teachers to inspire their student’s interest and knowledge in our ocean, marine environment, species and seashores. Leave No Trace deliver a choice of two modules , a Marine Project and a Seashore Safari.
The Explorers marine project in class module provides teachers with an opportunity to teach their class about the importance of our marine environment and our ocean resource. Projects may include a range of topics including:
- Marine biodiversity - living things
- Caring for our marine environment - impacts of marine litter
- Marine technology - exploring our ocean
- Ocean wealth – my favourite job
- Ocean Literacy science and arts project.
The Explorers Seashore Safari module provides teachers with an opportunity to take their class to the seashore and participate in interactive activities learning about marine habitats, living things and environmental awareness and care on the shore. The class will be accompanied by an Explorers education officer and all sampling equipment will be provided for exploring the seashore. Teachers will be provided with a teachers’ guide, recommended education resources and lesson plans to carry out cross-curricular project work based around their visit to the seashore. Some class work will be required prior to the seashore. The seashore visit will include an exploration of marine habitats and living things as well as interactive learning games on the shore (weather permitting).
The Explorers Education Programme is supported by the Marine Institute, and is funded under the Marine Research Programme by the Irish Government.