We are very proud to be part of the LEAF (Learning about Forests) Programme this year. This programme is run by the Environmental Unit of An Taisce. Through interactive learning and field trips, the programme reconnects the next generation with their environment, educating them to be more conscious of protecting it and instilling in students a sense of ownership of the natural world that surrounds them. Our very own Curragh Chase Forest Park is used for the off site workshops and we are very lucky to have this resource on our doorstep. The LEAF Limerick project has been made possible with a grant from the JS Greene memorial Foundation.
Fifth and Sixth Class were the lucky participants chosen for this project and participated in the Curragh Chase workshop on Thursday 4th October. Experts Rachel and Ray from An Taisce took the groups around Curragh Chase where they identified trees, habitats and forest creatures as well as creating their own necklaces made from wood and listening to a speaker on the local bats. It was fantastically informative and certainly left the pupils with a greater respect for the forests and biodiversity. We look forward to continuing to work on this project throughout the year!