A mini ranger day was held at Clara Bog Visitor Centre on Wednesday last to mark the centre’s first year of participation in National Heritage Week.
This fully booked out event proved very popular with the young participants who contributed to the event with their questions and knowledge on local wildlife.
The mini ranger day commenced in the centre’s exhibition hall where the event participants were introduced to the Conservation Wildlife Rangers Colm Malone and Noel Bugler who work with the National Parks & Wildlife Service in County Offaly. The rangers provided an overview of the work of a ranger and gave a demonstration of the type of equipment they use. The rangers also gave an informative talk about some of Ireland’s protected species including otters and bats and gave the group an opportunity to view an actual whale’s tooth.
In the afternoon there was a field trip to Clara Bog where the mini-rangers had lunch before exploring the bog environment. As part of their field survey work the mini-rangers got acquainted with the smells, sounds and shaky texture of the bog surface.
The mini-rangers were introduced to the plants that live on the bog for example the insect eating plants such as the sundew and the butterwort. Insects such as the marsh grasshopper and the dragonflies along with the common frog were a cause of great excitement amongst the mini rangers.
The day finished with an art session back at the visitor centre inspired by the field trip on the bog.
A certificate was presented to the mini-rangers by the National Parks & Wildlife Service Rangers for completing the mini-ranger day.
Details of the Clara Bog Visitor Centre education programme will be distributed to primary schools in the coming weeks for the 2011/ 2012 school year. The September schedule of events taking place at the Clara Bog Visitor Centre will include a morning walk on the bog every Friday, art and nature mornings for children every Saturday, two morning lectures September 15 and 22 with a Family Day on September 24.
For further information on the education programme or upcoming events visit the centre on the Ballycumber Road, Clara (opposite the swimming pool) or contact the centre by telephone on 057 9368878 or email firstname.lastname@example.org