CatchmentCARE Week - Learning Outside (and Inside) the Classroom

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In this seminar we explore how local schools have used CatchmentCARE’s environmental education programme in and out of the classroom.

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Connecting young people to their local environment is key to developing the next generation of sustainably minded citizens. In this seminar we explore CatchmentCARE’s environmental education programme, learn about how the programme has adapted inside and outside the classroom and hear from a local teacher on how she has used the programme in the primary school curriculum.

“Learning Outside (and Inside) the Classroom” is one of six webinars organised as part of CatchmentCARE Week that explore integrated approaches to the protection, improvement and sustainable management of our water environment.

“Learning Outside (and Inside) the Classroom”

Thursday 20th May 2021

11.00 Welcome from CatchmentCARE Project - Marcus Malley, ABC

11.05 Introduction from Session Chair, Andy Griggs, Assistant Project Manager and Education Officer

11.10 “Learning about outdoors when you’re locked indoors ”, Alyn Jones (AJ Education)

Alyn Jones will present a summary of the CatchmentCARE education programmes that have taken place over the past two years. He will show how the education work began and tell the story of its evolution from the successful pilot programme in 2019, and the development of an online series of programmes for schools to use called ‘The River’. Alyn will also report on future plans and aspirations for the education work.

11.30 “Using the River during Lockdown”, Susan Lockington, P5 Teacher, Omagh County Primary School.

Susan will present a brief overview of how she was able to use CatchmentCARE’s education programme “The River” in her teaching during lockdown. What curriculum areas were covered and what the pupils gained as a learning experience for the work.

11.40 “Citizen Science - The Finn Anti-Pollution Project”, Andrea Harkin (GIS Manager, CatchmentCARE)

Andrea will present on the CIS funded project - Finn APP. This project aimed to monitor the health of local rivers within the Finn catchment using appropriate monitoring equipment. Andrea will highlight the various pieces of equipment and testing kits that were issued to the group to help monitor water quality. She will also show how the results were collected, analysed and uploaded to a public facing dashboard.

12.00 Q&A

12.10 Wrap up/ Close Session - Session Chair, Andy Griggs

Speaker Profiles

Alyn Jones (AJ Education). Alyn Jones is an Education Consultant with 20+ years’ experience in education and community engagement work. Alyn’s work strives to enthuse, encourage and empower those he comes into contact with by the creative work he develops

Susan Lockington. Susan Lockington is a P5 teacher at Omagh County Primary School. She has a keen interest in environmental issues and creating the next generation of sustainable citizens.

Andrea Harkin. Andrea Harkin is the GIS Manager for the CatchmentCARE Project with responsibility for GIS and data management, including mapping all cross border Project surveys and works.

About CatchmentCARE

CatchmentCARE (Community Actions for Resilient Eco-systems) is an INTERREG VA EU-funded project which aims to improve freshwater quality in cross-border river basins across three cross-border catchments. This is being done through the development of three water quality improvement projects in the Finn, Blackwater and Arney catchments and the installation of 50 groundwater monitoring stations across the region to better understand groundwater in the cross-border catchments and the interaction between groundwater & surface water bodies.

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