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Explorers Seashore Safari

Explorers Seashore Safari

The Explorers Seashore Safari provides classroom activities and an amazing seashore excursion learning about marine animals, seaweeds and environmental care.  This module also provides cross curricular resources including our Wild about Wildlife – on the seashore films, fun facts, and information sheets that can be used as part of online and blended learning classes with our outreach officers.

Explorers Education Programme Seashore Safari_Photograph Andrew Downes

SEASHORE SAFARI ACTIVITIES

The Explorers Seashore Safari module involves indoor and outdoor activities that can be completed in class prior to going to the shore, on the shore and activities after the fieldtrip.   The seashore visit will include an exploration of marine habitats and living things as well as interactive learning games on the shore (weather permitting).  The teachers will be provided with class schemes, resources for the class including My Explorers Seashore Guide Workbook, along with other seashore project ideas. The class will also be encouraged to provide a presentation and discussion about their project work that relates to their experience on the seashore. 

THE MODULE LOGISTICS

The teacher and outreach officer will confirm the allocation of time spent on each of the following and where outreach support will be provided (a max 4 hours).  Field trips to the seashore must be organised to suit the tides.

  • An introduction to the seashore will take place before the visit to the seashore to help children learn about the tides, seashore safety and the seashore conservation code. 
  • A seashore visit will be supported by the Explorers outreach officer involving a range of exploration activities and games. One full day visit from an Explorers education officer on the seashore is approx. 4 hours. A half-day (approx. 2 hours) maybe provided where there is a follow up class visit to assess seashore project work completed by class after the seashore visit.
  • The class will present their project work about the seashore to the outreach officer.

This module involves fun activities assessing the student’s ocean literacy in which they will be awarded an Explorers Certificate of Participation on completion of the module. 

2020 - 2021: Where there maybe restrictions or limited access into schools and outdoor areas, the Explorers Education Programme team are happy to discuss an alternative blended learning experience with virtual class visits to facilitate the Explorers Aquarium in the Class module. 

Teachers participating in this module may be required to attend an introduction workshop face-to-face or online prior to the delivery of the seashore safari.  Travel arrangements to and from the shore must be organised by the school and safaris are limited to a maximum of 30 students.  Teachers must ensure that the children have suitable clothing and footwear for the field-trip.

For further information on how to book your class for this module please CONTACT THE OUTREACH CENTRE in your location.

The Explorers Education Programme™ is supported by the Marine Institute, and is funded under the Marine Research Programme by the Irish Government.