Waterways Ireland and Leave No Trace Ireland successfully worked in partnership again this year to deliver the 'River Explorers' programme. This exciting one day programme aimed to enable participants to become aware of the geographical location, leisure potential and biodiversity value of their local river, lake or canal. It introduced participants to Leave no Trace and provided opportunities to explore their own behaviour in the outdoors in an interactive, fun and educational manner.
A series of one day workshops took place along the Royal Canal, Shannon, Shannon-Erne and the Barrow waterway. Each school group took part in classroom based sessions in the morning followed by outdoor sessions in the afternoon at their local waterway. Both sessions were packed with interactive and hands on activities which keep everybody enthralled!
Environmental expert, Amanda Egan, delivered the programme to 22 primary school groups with over 600 pupils getting involved during the months of February to April. Participants discovered the vast array of wildlife that call the inland waterways their home! Each group learned how to identify 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!
Feedback from schools has been extremely positive with many expressing a keen interest in our future educational programmes on the waterways.