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
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.