Some 50 Donegal schools have already signed up with Bord na Móna.

It is promoting an "Eco Rangers" project and is urging teachers, parents and children to re-connect with nature.

Over 600 Schools across Ireland are taking part already and creating their very own eco safari.

Children pictured launching the Bord na Móna Eco Rangers 2018. Pic: Robbie Reynolds. 

A spokesman explained: "Are your kids struggling to identify a Puffin but can name all the [Power Rangers]?

"Able to spot a Minion but not a magpie? Willing to explore with Dora through a screen without stepping outside your front door?

"Well not anymore as Bord na Móna is today calling for more schools, more teachers and more school-kids to get involved in Eco Rangers, a primary schools programme which attempts to overcome the growing nature deficit amongst children by re-connecting them with nature in a fun and interactive way."

Children pictured launching the Bord na Móna Eco Rangers 2018. Pic: Robbie Reynolds.

Children pictured launching the Bord na Móna Eco Rangers 2018. Pic: Robbie Reynolds.

Children pictured launching the Bord na Móna Eco Rangers 2018. Pic: Robbie Reynolds.

Children pictured launching the Bord na Móna Eco Rangers 2018. Pic: Robbie Reynolds.

What is Eco Rangers? Eco Rangers is a programme by Bord na Móna which sets out to reconnect children with nature and learn about biodiversity through a series of educational and fun elements. Teachers are provided with all the tools they need such as teachers’ packs, lesson plans and games.

How does it address the growing nature deficit amongst children? It enables classes to embark on Eco Safaris, nature walks, where they can map out nature trails, look at and investigate flora and fauna, take photos or draw pictures and document what they see. Children are encouraged to creatively connect with nature, with each school developing their own bespoke nature table.

How can a class upload an Eco Safari so other people can use it? Once a teacher has registered for the programme, each teacher will get a personalised log in for our site where they can upload all the information gathered from the nature walk to create an online gallery.

Families can log on to www.ecorangers.ie and take a look at the many eco safaris that have already been uploaded to the site

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