All Atlantic Blue School launched in Ireland

The Irish Ocean Literacy Network and Galway Atlantaquaria are delighted to take on the role of National Coordinator for the All Atlantic Blue Schools Network in Ireland, However, we are just here to help schools connect to programmes and facilitators offering marine education already in Ireland, and to other schools around the Atlantic Region, from East to West from Pole to Pole.

Open to all to apply, please contact allatlanticblueschools@gmail.com if you would like to take part. This program is open to schools are all levels, and projects can be based on any curriculum area, or cross-curricular, and can link to any of the national marine education programs currently in existence.

Watch the launch of the All Atlantic Blue School Programme below:

For a selection of marine education programmes in Ireland see our interviews with IOLN members below:

Join IOLN members as they talk to us about bringing the Ocean into your classroom. If you would like to feature in this list of service providers please contact irishoceanliteracynetwork@gmail.com

Explore your shore!

Ireland has 3,171 km of coastline and yet we have relatively few records of intertidal and coastal marine species. We lack a strong tradition of the public recording intertidal species. Explore Your Shore is a Citizen Science project funded by the Environmental Protection Agency focused on increasing our knowledge of the distribution of our intertidal species, exploring their potential as bio-indicators of water quality and climate change, and highlighting actions we can all take to tackle water pollution and climate change. For more information see https://exploreyourshore.ie

The Explorers Education Programme

The Marine Institute’s Explorers Education Programme engages with primary schools, teachers, children and the education network, creating marine leaders and ocean champions in Ireland.

The Programme provides engaging activities, resources, and support for teachers, children, and the education network, delivering ocean literacy to primary schools. It inspires children and educators to become marine leaders and ocean champions by promoting our marine and maritime identity and heritage, as well as making informed and responsible decisions regarding the ocean and its resources. For more infomation see http://www.explorers.ie

The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group

The IWDG was foudned in 1990 to establish an All-Ireland sighting and stranding scheme and to campaign for the declaration of Irish territorial waters as a whale and dolphin sanctuary.

It is through Education and Outreach that we can raise awareness of our marine environment and the Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises that inhabit them. If we can ignite a passion within the greater community for our oceans and their inhabitants, then there is great hope that they will prosper into the future. For more information see http://www.iwdg.ie

Green-Schools Global Citizenship Marine Environment

Green-Schools is Irelands leading environmental management and award programme for schools. The eight theme on the Green-Schools programme is Global Citizenship Marine Environment. This theme is all about recognising the importance of the marine environment, the threats it faces and how we can protect it. There are a number of essential actions that schools must complete to earn the Green flag for this theme. Schools must must carry out a Marine Litter Awareness Survey, investigate the sources of marine litter and carry out a #2minutebeachclean. The Global Citizenship Marine Environment theme is kindly supported by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.

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