€40 – €95

Place-based Learning Summer Courses in Burren 2017

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Burrenbeo Trust

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Place-based Learning Summer Courses
Using your local place as a teaching resource

WHEN: 3rd-7th July 2017
(Kinvara & various locations in the Burren)

The objective of this 5-day course is to provide primary schoolteachers, other educators, and people with an interest in place-based learning with some simple strategies and resources through which they can effectively integrate the learning resource of their local environment into the school curriculum. This course is based on ten years experience of ‘place based education’ in the Burren through which scores of teachers and over a 1300 schoolchildren have connected with their own locality as part of the highly interactive and experiential 20-week Ecobeo heritage programme.

This summer training course will cover strands of SESE history, geography and science subjects. Specific themes which will be explored in the field and classroom will include landscape, built heritage, cultural heritage, biodiversity and conservation. On completion of this course, teachers and heritage educators will have the skills and resources which will allow them to deliver an effective place based educational programme to their students. The course is accredited by the Deptartment of Education as CPD.


The course aims to:

  • Equip teachers and others with the skills and resources to deliver a place-based educational programme.

  • Exploring skills on observing, questioning, predicting, investigating, designing and communicating local natural, built and cultural heritage.

  • Access to resources such as podcasts, workbooks and other resources that will assist them in developing and delivering a place-based education programme.

  • Improve understanding of how such a course can be fully integrated with the school curriculum and enhance literacy, numeracy and ICT skills.

  • Help connect teachers and others with the magic of the outdoor learning in a fun and interactive way.

The course will run twice both on the 3rd-7th July 2017 & 17th – 21st July 2017 in Kinvara, Co.Galway

Cost: €95 per participant or €80 for Burrenbeo Trust members ( to become a member visit https://burrenbeo.com/membership/ and join for as little as €2.50 a month). This does not include any food or transport. Extra admin fees apply which to online booking website Eventbrite (approximately €5).

Course will run 9.30am-11.30pm & 12.15pm-2.30pm Monday to Friday.

Maximum amount of people is 20 individuals.

Teachers will include Brigid Barry, Áine Bird, Kate Lavender, Rory O'Shaughnessy, Eugene Lambe, Brendan Dunford and Harry Jeuken:

  • Brigid Barry is the Burrenbeo Trust Manager, she works extensively in designing education programmes for place-based learners. Prior to Burrenbeo, she was the Biodiversity Officer for Co.Clare. She is a member of the national Heritage in Schools panel.

  • Áine Bird is the Education and Communications Officer for Burrenbeo Trust, she is in charge of coordinating the 20-week heritage programmes for primary schools and 10-week programmes for secondary schools in the Burren. She is currently carrying out a masters in education. Prior to Burrenbeo, she was an Education Officer in Glenveagh National Park. She is a member of the national Heritage in Schools panel.

  • Kate Lavender is the Education and Conservation Officer for Burrenbeo Trust, she is in charge of the Burren Wild Child outdoor learning programme for primary schools. Prior to Burrenbeo, she was a Geography teacher. She is a member of the national Heritage in Schools panel.

  • Dr Brendan Dunford is the co-founder of the Burrenbeo Trust, a charity created to achieve greater awareness of the Burren region through place-based education. Aside from his scientific work he leads many tours to children and adults both nationally and internationally in the field and is instrumental in promoting the Burren as a learning landscape.

  • Rory O'Shaughnessy is an archaeologist and a stone mason. He is very passionate about connecting audience to landscape. He works with numerous national and internation institutions on introducing their students to the Burren. He is a member of the national Heritage in Schools panel.

  • Dr Eugene Lambe is a botanist by background but after sailing around the world on a boat he built himself he has now spent the last 30 years collecting stories, tunes, and songs from individuals across Clare and Galway. Eugene is also a Uilleann pipe maker.

  • Harry Jeuken is an organic and biodynamic farmer in the centre of the Burren. His land is a great example of bringing natural, built and cultural heritage together.

Day 1 SENSE OF PLACE This is an overall introduction investigating the surrounds of a school and environment near to the where the children live. It will focus on how students can identify things that will give them a sense of place through fun and interactive means.

Day 2 BUILT HERITAGE This module will give teachers the tools to encourage their students to have a better understanding of monuments, artefacts and time periods, enabling students to research their local sites.

Day 3 PEOPLE OF THE RECENT PAST This module will have an increased awareness of historical periods and how people left their mark on places over time, right up to more recent history. The students will have an improved awareness of local dance, music, stories, folklore and art.

Day 4 WILDLIFE & LOCAL ENVIRONMENTS This module will improve awareness of how nature manifests itself in different ways in different places, an understanding of ‘natures web’ and how animals depend on plants, and vice versa, and how we can better understand and learn from wildlife. Also how humans interact with plants and animals, and get students to think about our dependency on healthy environments and conservation in their area.

Day 5 ÁITBHEO IN ACTION This module will be mainly focused on projects and outputs that can be obtained from the different subjects through experiential learning.

This is a great course, don't just take our word for it, see some feedback we received:

Thorough enjoyed all aspects of the course, particularly the outdoor activities. Loved the variety. All presenters were well informed and prepared. Guest speakers and experts were fantastic. Everything was well planned and strong connection and linkage between all elements of the course. I loved it all! Well done to everyone involved.

We really enjoyed the whole experience, learnt lots, and loved getting to meet everyone involved and hear their stories and enthusiasm for teaching and learning. On a personal level I saw and enjoyed the history of the Burren and all the fantastic efforts made by all involved to conserve that history. We came away knowing more than you would ever learn in a leaflet or book, and will be able to share that knowledge with friends and family, and bring it into the work place to follow some of your programme tailored to our own area and hopefully some days out in the Burren and Kinvara also.

It is a thing that will stay with you for life, and all on our own doorstep.

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