Place-based learning offers major physical and mental health benefits to participants, giving them a greater understanding and appreciation of their local area. It contributes to ‘pride of place’ among communities and emphasises the role that each one of us can play in supporting the rich local (and global) ecosystem of which we are part. Place based learning also opens minds to creative thinking and expression, offering long term benefits to learners.
The local explorers concept was developed by the Burrenbeo Trust in the Burren (Counties Clare and Galway) where it has been running successfully for over eight years. Burrenbeo can support you in setting up your Walks and Talks by providing a range of suggested themes, walk leaders and speakers to kick-start your programme. They can also provide advice on developing the logistics and health and safety aspects of the events. Consider attending a Burrenbeo Event (Walk or Talk) to see how simple it actually is! You can also attend Burrenbeo Trust place based learning events (symposium, training courses, community festivals etc) to learn more.