The programme was initiated in 1999 by the Forest in Schools programmes in Norway, Sweden and Finland in cooperation with the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) and rolled out in the spring of 2000. Today, the Learning about Forests programme is coordinated by FEE at an international level. The Learning about Forests programme is well-recognised internationally, with over twenty countries from around the world participating. The programme aligns itself with Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), the Global Action Programme (GAP) and the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce runs the LEAF programme nationally. Through interactive learning and field trips the programme reconnects the next generation with their environment, educating them to be more conscious of protecting it and instilling in students a sense of ownership of the natural world that surrounds them. Coillte’s Curragh Chase Forest Park in County Limerick will be used as a fantastic natural resource and focal point for off-site training and events in the South-West region. The park, which is managed by Coillte, covers 313 hectares of mixed woodlands, park land and lakes, providing a rich habitat for a diverse range of animals and plants.
The LEAF Limerick project has been made possible with a grant from JS Greene Memorial Foundation.
The Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) is a non-governmental and non-profit organisation aiming to promote sustainable development through education. The Foundation for Environmental Education is mainly active through its five environmental education programmes:
Eco-Schools (nationally known as Green-Schools)
Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE)
Learning about Forests (LEAF)
An Taisce works to preserve and protect Ireland’s natural and built heritage. An Taisce is an independent charitable voice for the environment and for heritage issues.
Our work is focused in three areas:
Education: Our Environmental Education Unit is responsible for some of Ireland’s most popular and successful environmental programmes, including Green-Schools, Green-Campus, Clean Coasts, National Spring Clean, Neat Streets, Green Communities, Learning about Forests and the Blue Flag award.
Advocacy: The Advocacy Unit is dedicated to promoting the conservation of Ireland’s nature and biodiversity as well as its built heritage.
Properties: An Taisce own a range of heritage properties in trust, including historic buildings and nature reserves.