Name of organisation
Tralee Bay Wetlands Eco and Activity Center
Small subsidies, grants and takings from activities.
Number of staff
Number of visitors per year
Overall aims of the centre
To promote the appreciation and wise of natural resources to achieve ‘one health’ – the health of the planet and ourselves. Through education and direct experience of the natural world.
Description of the centre
22 acres, estuarine canal saltwater marsh, freshwater marsh, reed beds, freshwater ponds, immature woodland, native hedgerows, meadows, brackish lagoon, organic vegetable garden & orchard. We run a variety of education programs for young children, second level students and adult. We also do walking and boat tours. These are a mix of curriculum-based classes, creative pursuits and workshops. Large amounts of signage, a sculpture trail and two bird hides and a 20m viewing tower. Peri-urban coastal site.
Main CEPA work area
Ecology classes for students. Tree planting initiative. Social media interaction. Nature based craft workshops. Vocational environmental classes. Signage. Occasional articles in local newspapers and radio interviews. Pond digging and dipping.
Top three successes
Practical workshops in tree planting, pond digging, and willow sculpture work have proved very engaging because people seem to feel it is action in the face of crisis
Top three challenges
Yes, we believe that building partnerships and incorporating the practical with the theoretical has created positive engagement and opened opportunities.
Creating signage; site information; Producing written materials; Using audio-visual tools; Developing nature trails
Managing / creating habitat; Running a visitor centre; Building / maintaining structures
Working with disabled people; Engaging hard-to-reach groups; Engaging young people; Engaging the local community; Working with volunteers
Education and communication
Early years education; Delivering adult education; Working with primary schools; Working with secondary schools; Developing resources / materials
Auditing / assessing effectiveness; Running effective administration; Health and safety; Project planning.
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