Education Programme

"From the quietest trickle in late summer to the thundering roar after spring rains, a river is a dynamic, ever changing eco-system. And in it- through turbulent riffles, quiet pools, under rocks and in gravel beds-live distinct communities of plants and animals that can easily be explored by those willing to wade in."

As part of the INTERREG VA funded CatchmentCARE project, a number of local primary schools within the projects three catchment areas took part in a seven week educational programme between April and June 2019.

The schools taking part in the pilot programme were:

  • Arney Catchment - Florencecourt & St Mary’s Primary Schools
  • Blackwater Catchment – Carntall & St McCartans Primary Schools, Clogher & Augher Central Primary School
  • Finn Catchment - Scoil Naisiunta Colmcille, Fintown , Scoil Naisiunta An Choimin, Commeen & Scoil Naisiunta Tabhog, Cloghan

Educators from the River Backwater Catchment Trust visited the schools where they delivered a range of topics from: general introduction to water; water cycle; local rivers and associated wildlife - to more detailed information on river studies and measurements; looking at pollution; as well as fiver bank erosion and how it affects the river system.

The programme included several site visits, including a local river close to the schools, where pupils carried out monitoring and invertebrate studies as well as a visit to Marble Arch Caves where the children learned about the underground cave system and discovered how groundwater flows and moves both temporally and spatially.

The pupils constructed a story map of their local river system and worked with Gardiner Mitchell Photography to narrate drone footage and wildlife footage of the river.

These catchment films were launched at a special celebration day, which took place on Wednesday June 19th 2019 at the Mellon Country Inn in Omagh. The celebration day saw the schools each put up excellent displays showing their river journey.

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