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Gráinne

Ireland: Environment & Education

Location: The Burren, Ireland

Industry: Environment, Education, Conservation

Experience: Gráinne is education coordinator with an organization based in Kinvara (County Galway) in Ireland. She uses the local environment as a learning landscape to help children learn about the natural, built and cultural heritage of their locality in a hands-on way. With a Masters in Sustainable Resource Management, Gráinne has a familiarity of delivering and devising programs with an emphasis on Place-Based Learning (PBL). This approach provides the tools for children and adults looking to build ‘pride of place’ in their area and connect to their place. A huge part of the cultural fabric of the organization is the practice of Winterage. Through this ancient system of farming, the landscape of the Burren is protected and preserved from lower nature value farming. it is important to strengthen these connections to past customs, the more actively engaged a community are with their heritage (built, natural, cultural), the more likely they are to feel responsibility for those places into the future.

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