Throughout Autumn 2017 Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark representatives developed, organised and delivered a series of geological information workshops in partnership with Geological Survey of Ireland and Geological Survey of Northern Ireland.
In October a ‘Teaching the Teachers’ course was held over two days and included a classroom based introduction to geology and site visits to suitable field work sites for primary and post primary teachers. Applications were received from far and wide and although delays were experienced due to a Category Three Hurricane all teachers who completed the course thoroughly enjoyed it and have returned to their classrooms with practical materials and knowledge they can use and Geopark locations they can bring students to undertake field work.
Workshops continued in November and December this time tailored to community groups and local residents. Topics of the workshops included Geology and Geomorphology of the Geopark, Archaeology of the Geopark and a field trip to showcase some of the best and little known sites of interest in the Geopark.
Looking towards 2018 businesses operating in and close to the Geopark will be invited to attend workshops to explore how the UNESCO Global Geopark benefits the local economy and identify further opportunities for growth of the tourism and business offering in the area.