What is SeaKeepers?

The SeaKeepers Project is an initiative of the Green-Schools Global Citizenship Marine Environment theme, which provides primary school teachers with a suite of free exclusive resources and lesson plans focusing on the ecology of six native Irish marine animal and plant species. Participating classes undertake a species identification survey before and after completing the SeaKeepers lessons to measure how much they have learned. There are two suites of resources available:

  • SeaKeepers Junior for Senior Infants/1st class/2nd class
  • SeaKeepers for 3rd/4th class

The SeaKeepers Project runs from October – May and is available to schools currently working on, or previously awarded, the Global Citizenship: Marine Environment theme. Schools can choose to receive English language or Irish language resources, and one lucky school will be selected at random to receive a prize of a free Beach Exploration Workshop at a beach near them before the summer holidays.

Why marine biodiversity?

Our oceans, and our planet as a whole, are increasingly threatened by the current mass extinction crisis and climate change. Ireland has an extremely rich marine environment, but our marine species are suffering the effects of human-driven climate change, pollution, and overfishing among others.

As well as this, researchers are increasingly exploring the links between time spent in nature, having a sense of connection to nature and human mental health and well-being; and the positive impacts the natural world can have on our state of mind.

We believe that to really care about something you must first be aware of it, and have the opportunity to develop a personal, emotional connection to it. We hope that by increasing students’ knowledge of and interest in the animals and plants living near and in our seas, they will develop a personal appreciation for the coasts, for nature in general, and will be inspired to make more sustainable choices as they grow older, as well as improving their own wellbeing.

How do we take part?

The SeaKeepers Project 2021-2022 is now closed for registrations. Keep an eye on our website in Autumn 2022 for information on how to sign up. If you have any queries about SeaKeepers, please contact Caoimhe at cobrienmoran@eeu.antaisce.org

Have a look at what we got up to on our SeaKeepers Beach Exploration Day at Tramore, Co. Waterford in September 2021:

The SeaKeepers Project is an initiative of the Green-Schools Global Citizenship Marine Environment theme, supported by the Marine section of the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.