What are your ‘Hidden Places’?

Monday Activity –  Stepping through History in Fingal

Age Group: All

How well do you know your 2-5km radius zone? Whilst we can’t run our annual week-long, walk to school call to action event this year, we have an idea to celebrate Walk to School Week 2020 with a twist! We are asking students and families to take a walk into the great outdoors and discover what their 2-5km has to offer. This is a unique time in our lives to fully explore and quietly observe our natural surroundings. In this video, Green-Schools Travel Officer Rebecca is exploring her 2km zone in the Fingal area of Howth. Off the beaten track she discovered a wealth of historical sites and found quiet time in nature. Are there any National Heritage Sites in your zone? There is an activity sheet below, which students can bring along on their walk to document their observations.

Heritage Walk Worksheet

Tuesday Activity – Fionn the Foot is Rambling around Ireland

Age Group: Primary

Green-Schools Travel Mascot Fionn the Foot is rambling around Ireland, but can you figure out where he is? Take part in the game and tag us on social media @GreenSchoolsIre with your answers!

Wednesday Activity –  Discovering Nature along the Grand Canal in Dublin City

Age Group: All

Green-Schools student Evie lives close to Dublin City and loves to explore what nature she can find when out for her walks with mum. In todays ‘Hidden Places’ video Evie wants to show us some of the hidden natural wonders around The Grand Canal in Dublin. If you live in an urban area, why not explore the quieter streets and see what changes you can observe. What are the sounds and smells? Can you spot any plants or wildlife? What is the atmosphere like, are people enjoying walking and cycling? There is an activity sheet below, which students can bring along on their walk to document their observations.

Nature Walk Worksheet

Thursday Activity – Discovering the seashore in County Kerry

Age Group: All

Travel Officer Angela Wall and the family are exploring their Hidden Place in County Kerry. Check how many habitats and wildlife they spotted along the shore! If you live close to the seaside, why not explore the sand for shells or the rock pools for marine life? What are the sights, sounds and smells? Can you spot any fish in the water, or gulls in the sky? What is the atmosphere like, are people enjoying walking and or braving the elements for a swim? There is an activity sheet below, which students can bring along on their walk to document their observations.

Seashore Walk Worksheet

Friday Share – Travel Officers in the West and Leinster, Love to Walk

Age Group: All

Travel Officers in the West, love to walk with their families, and are taking part exploring their ‘Hidden Places’ in Counties Donegal, Mayo, Sligo, Galway and Clare. Whilst Officers across the land in Leinster have been out in nature discovering hidden places within their own 2-5km radius zones. See how many animals they spotted along the way and what beautiful scenery they walk through as they explore their 2-5km zone!

Send in your Hidden Places photos or clips for this years Walk to School Week to be featured on @GreenSchoolsIre