The next generation will decide the future of biodiversity so it is essential that understanding and respect for nature is encouraged in children. Teachers are in a unique position in terms of their influence on future generations. Biodiversity is an essential component of environmental education and can easily be integrated into the national curriculum.
 
  How to help biodiversity at school:
There are many ways that a practical approach to biodiversity can be developed within the school environment.
  1 Incorporate nature in subjects such as maths, geography, art, music, science, design and technology.
  2 Go and explore wildlife in the schools grounds and nearby parks.
  3 Make school grounds more wildlife friendly by making a compost heap, bird boxes, a small meadow, an organic garden or planting trees. Creating habitats and homes for wildlife can provide a valuable teaching resource.
  4 Roll out the Coastal Education Programme in your school that has been developed for primary and secondary schools in Fingal.
  5 Become an OWLS school and get four nature education visits a year - see www.owls.ie for more details or contact Andrew Fleming on 087 329 9936.
 
     
 

Did you know that your school can get rewarded for your biodiversity efforts with a Green flag? Check out www.greenschoolsireland.org for more information.

And remember, if you need any help with school projects or making your school grounds more wildlife friendly, the Biodiversity Officer is there to help and provide advice!

     
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