We aim to bring school children for nature walks, workshops on biodiversity protection and rewilding, and Forest School sessions. There will be a site within the Lough Grainey Nature Sanctuary for this, and it will be carefully monitored in terms of impact.
One of our founding members is a member of the Heritage Council of Ireland’s Heritage in Schools Panel of Experts, and a certified Forest School leader.
As the author Richard Louv has pointed out in his groundbreaking book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder,
“Within the space of a few decades, the way children understand and experience nature has changed radically. The polarity of the relationship has reversed. Today, kids are aware of the global threats to the environment – but their physical contact, their intimacy with nature, is fading.”
Spending meaningful time in nature in one’s childhood can help heal this growing disconnect.