1st Annual Eco Rangers Awards to take place in Lough Boora Discovery Park
Bord na Móna have today announced the shortlist for their 1st Annual Eco Rangers Awards. This year, the Bord na Móna Eco Rangers schools programme saw a record number of 660 schools sign up across the country, with over 50,000 children participating in the programme this year.
Commenting on the announcement, Sara Byrne, Brand Manager at Bord na Móna said ‘I want to congratulate the 12 schools that make up the shortlist for next week’s awards. Schools from Kildare, Offaly, Tipperary, Limerick, Clare, Longford, Roscommon, Leitrim and Cavan have been shortlisted for next week’s awards. The Eco Rangers programme is about encouraging schools to make a small change and to get back outside, reconnect with nature and to protect the habitats near them. The introduction of the awards this year means that we can recognise the efforts of the schools and showcase the changes that are happening in the schools across the country. The programme is linked to the school curriculum and incorporates more time outside through playful exploring, it makes learning more enjoyable.”
Eco Rangers aims to reconnect children with nature and teaches them the importance of protecting nature through a series of educational and fun elements. Teachers are provided with all the tools they need such as teachers’ packs, lesson plans, classroom games and access to the Eco Rangers website with all the resources they need. This enables classes to embark on Eco Safaris, nature walks, where they can map out nature trails, look at and investigate flora and fauna, take photos or draw pictures and document what they see.
Eco Rangers aims at encouraging children to learn about different habitats and ecosystems and recognise the importance of protecting them to eventually become Guardians of the Land. While the emphasis is on schools to participate in Eco Rangers, the introduction of the awards has resulted in the Eco Rangers website being populated with over 140 Eco Safaris across the country which can be enjoyed outside school hours by children and parents and the wider communities around Ireland.
12 Shortlisted schools in no particular order;
Scoil Mhuire N.S, Co Cavan
Gorey Central School. Co Wexford
Kilbehenny N.S, Co. Limerick
St. John’s N.S, Co. Longford
Drumlease N.S, Co. Leitrim
Bodyke N.S, Co. Clare
Killeshin N.S, Co. Carlow
St. Michael’s School N.S, Co. Roscommon
Monaleen N.S, Co. Limerick
Daingean N.S, Co. Kildare
Cadamstown N.S, Co. Kildare
Knockavilla N.S, Co. Tipperary