Schools, in Ireland and in the United States, have progressively become isolated from their surrounding landscapes and communities. Children learn the nearby is mundane and insignificant; what’s faraway is glamorous and important. Instead, especially in the primary years, education should be rooted in what’s local and unique about their places.
The primary school curriculum has great scope for a local learning focus. The importance of connecting children to their place, environment and community is becoming ever more pressing as our world becomes ever more globalised.
Áitbheo Primary is the successor to Ecobeo, a place-based learning programme which was designed, developed and delivered by Burrenbeo Trust, to the benefit of over 1500 primary level students and their teachers in the Burren region for over a decade. The objective of Áitbheo Primary is to contribute to an increased sense of awareness, informed pride and responsibility for their local place and to encourage active stewardship.
Burren Wild Child Field Trips
Want to bring your students on a Burren school tour or fieldtrip? Our focus is on getting students to understand the weird and wonderful world that is the Burren – all while using fun games and activities.
Burren Wild Child School Visits
If you’d like to learn more about the Burren but can’t visit for a field trip you might want to book a Burrenbeo heritage expert school visit.
The Burren Wild Child Summer Camp is a fun and interactive 3 days for children where they learn to explore the natural, cultural and built heritage of the Burren’s hedgerows and pavements through games, scavenger hunts, treasure hunts, fossil finding & much more.