The forests provide a range of resources we depend on..

It would be impossible to get through a day without using something that derives from the forest. It could be firewood, newspaper, furniture, medicines, food or building materials. These are all products we can directly relate to forests, but they also cater for less obvious benefits and services. We encourage schools to explore the endless resources and opportunities that forests provide.

Children’s attention was drawn to the importance of trees in the environment in a very positive way
Shrone National School, Rathmore, Co. Kerry
It was a joy to work on the programme with the children, we all found it so interesting
Lauragh National School, Killarney, Co.Kerry
The programme is incredibly enjoyable and very beneficial to all pupils
Convent Primary School, Listowel, Co. Kerry

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Learning about Forests celebrated 15 years of success in 2015! LEAF is a programme of the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). The LEAF programme was initiated in 1999 by the Forest in Schools programmes in Norway, Sweden and Finland, in cooperation with FEE, and was rolled out in the spring of 2000. The LEAF programme was successfully transferred to the FEE Head Office, Copenhagen, in 2014 and is now coordinated by FEE at an international level. Globally, there are twenty-three countries participating in the LEAF programme. The LEAF programme aligns itself with Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and the Global Action Programme (GAP).