Education plays an important role in Fingal’s Biodiversity Programme. Nature education encourages kids to observe nature, it enhances their creativity, and it helps to foster a positive environmental ethic. Fingal County Council is working together with various organizations to deliver a comprehensive nature education program to many schools in Fingal.
The Outdoor Classroom
idea behind the Outdoor classroom is to provide
schools with a year-round environmental programme using local
parks. The Outdoor Classroom focuses on the magic of
discovery, on using the senses, getting wet and dirty, but
most of all learning whilst having fun.
In the first stage of the programme, the children are given
a talks on the various wildlife and habitats they can see
in their local parks. Stage two of the programme is more hands-on,
making bird feeders or window boxes in the classroom and/or
developing a wildlife garden in the grounds of their school.
As the season progresses, the programme takes on a more outdoor
approach. The pupils spend their time exploring and discovering
their local parks on a regular basis. Through a variety of
projects they develop a relationships not just with their
local park, but also between themselves and the animal and
plants that live there.
For more information on the Outdoor Classroom project
contact Andrew Fleming of OWLS on 087 329 9936.
Trout in the Classroom
The nature education programme also includes the Trout in
the Classroom project which is a joint initiative of the Eastern
Regional Fisheries Board and Fingal County Council.
Under the Trout in the Classroom project schools receive an
aquarium and Brown Trout eggs that are donated by the Central
Fisheries Board. The aim of this project is for pupils not
only to learn more about raising fish from eggs, but also
to learn more about the life cycle of Trout and Salmon and
to stimulate a sense of ownership of their local river and
the natural environment.
Trout farming and egg rearing is a complex process for even
the most experienced fish farmer. Maintaining a stable water
temperature is the trickiest part. Bottles of frozen water
are used to keep the water temperature below 10 degrees even
during the Christmas holidays. The pupils also monitor the
water temperature, keep natural light from the eggs, keep
a constant flow of water and oxygen and make sure that dead
eggs are removed on an ongoing basis.
For more information on the Trout in the Classroom
project contact Des Chew of the ERFB on 01 278 7022.
For more information on these projects please contact the