Learning About Forests

Curraghchase Forest Park

April 13th, 2018

On Friday April 13th, 3rd and 4th class set out for Curraghchase Forest Park. The trip was part of the Learning About Forests programme. "The overall aims of the programme are to see an increased level of awareness and knowledge about the key role forests play for sustainable life on our planet and to stimulate activities that will help students achieve an increased level of environmental maturity irrespective of age and previous knowledge." We were greeted by Seán Hartigan and Niamh from An Taisce who led us in our activities. We examined oak and beech trees using our hand lens. We listening to trees with stethoscopes to see if we could hear the sap rising. We went on a listening walk and identified lots of plants and birds. We used binoculars and spotted a swan sitting on her eggs. We had a great look at a heron on the lake. We did pond dipping and we were amazed at the number of insects we found in our samples. We had a really brilliant day in our outdoor classroom and we learned lots along the way. For more on the LEAF programme click here.