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Environmental Learning Day


Level 1 Early Childhood Studies students and Level 1 Health Physical Activity and Sport students from Stranmillis came together on Monday 25th February to take part in the first Stranmillis Environmental Learning Day.

The students engaged in workshops given by The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, The Forest Service, Habitat for Humanity, Ulster Wildlife, Forest Schools and Sustrans. These interactive workshops provided students with a range of practical activities such as hunting for bugs or tile painting. Each student took part in at least three outdoor workshops and they had the opportunity to explore the biodiversity around the campus.

Stranmillis, in partnership with Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful is working to become the first Eco Campus in Northern Ireland and the Environmental Learning day helped address a number of the key themes identified in its priorities.  Beginning with the outdoor learning theme, this event provided students with the opportunity to consider the impact that they personally have on the environment. The day ended with students making a commitment to personally change one of their actions to help reduce the impact they have on the environment.

Commenting on the day, the Chair of the College’s Eco Group, Dr David McKee, said “This was a very interesting and enjoyable day and we thank ‘Keeping Belfast Beautiful’ and all the workshop providers for their inputs. The day provided an opportunity for our students to learn about the importance of environmental issues and what practical steps they can take to help address them. The students thoroughly enjoyed the workshops on campus and we hope this will be the first of many such days".

 

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