Bord na Móna's Eco Rangers Schools Programme big hit in Kildare

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Paula Campbell

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Bord na Móna's Eco Rangers Schools Programme big hit in Kildare

Kids enjoying the programme

Bord na Móna, one of Ireland’s most iconic brands, is celebrating the success of its Eco

Rangers schools programme as a record number of 200 schools and over 20,000 children have

participated in the programme to date, which is now into its second successful year on the primary

school education syllabus.

Eco Rangers, facilitated by Real Nation, 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 and games. This enables

classes to embark on Eco Safaris where they can map out nature trails, look at and investigate flora

and fauna, take photos or draw pictures and document what they see. Children are encouraged to

creatively connect with nature through with each school developing their own bespoke nature table.

St. Laurence’s National School in Athy have had huge successes with the Eco Rangers programme

and teacher Paula Porter said: ‘The kids loved learning about plants, trees, animals and habitats. The

Eco Ranger programme encourages kids to get close to nature, go on nature walks and have fun

learning outdoors. It offers kids the opportunity to explore the outdoors and discover new minibeasts

and plants.’

Eco Rangers is suitable for all primary school classes from junior infants through to sixth class. Pupils

can learn at their own level so is ideal for mixed ability groups.

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