Learn & EngageA Place of Learning & EducationThe Burren is not a barren and boring museum of stones, monuments and scientific curiosities. Quite the contrary, it is a living place teeming with nature’s bounty: ordinary and exotic rocks, plants, animals, insects and birds.
The Burren is not a barren and boring museum of stones, monuments and scientific curiosities. Quite the contrary, it is a living place teeming with nature’s bounty: ordinary and exotic rocks, plants, animals, insects and birds. Its geology and diverse habitats are packed with startling features and surprising landforms. Interwoven into its geology and geography is a rich history beginning 330 million years ago – before human habitation; before dinosaurs, before flowering plants – and unfolding in its many chapters right up until today. All that bounty is here to be discovered.
In some ways geology is probably the most dramatic story on earth – the story of breathtaking, relentless change. It is about the most spectacular events on the planet; about ice ages that changed the landscape of much of the earth; about volcanoes that remoulded whole countries; about earthquakes that continue right now to cause seismic and social upheavals all over the globe. Geology is also about waves and currents from long gone seas and rivers as well as all the plants and creatures that lived and died as these dramatic changes took place. Here in the Burren that story is condensed into 530 square kilometers of diverse and magical landscape which includes evidence of all the above and more.
But geology is nothing unless it’s connected to life – ecology, history, agriculture, livelihood, tourism, people. That’s the special essence of a Geopark. A wonderland, teeming with magical clues about, not only where we come from, but also what the present and future holds. Join us in learning the story; and in becoming part of it.
We will promote the region as a destination that supports popular and specialist learning by:
Creating a network of outdoor classrooms and programmes that promote engaged learning
Sharing geological knowledge in a compelling way – knowledge about the forces that shape our world, knowledge that increases our understanding of our landscape and culture and helps us to adapt better changes in our environment
Assisting formal and informal educators operating in the region
Developing an ‘archive at your fingertips’ by building links with universities, research centres and Geoparks throughout the world to gather data, which has not been readily available to the public
Introducing new ideas and new thinking to help us sustain and enrich our livelihoods