The Eco Explorer’s Club is a learning hub and creative collaboration with our Sustainability Partner Dublin Zoo. Join the club by exploring the world of biodiversity, sustainability and green living through art, storytelling, yoga and fun. Enjoy Series 1 below, it has been created to engage and educate you, your family and your community as we all navigate the small steps towards a greener world.
The Eco Explorer’s Club Series 2 is going live this October as we celebrate the return of The Zoo TV series on to RTÉ One, proudly sponsored by SSE Airtricity.
Series 2 will allow you to virtually visit Dublin Zoo through the eyes of our special guests and Eco Explorer’s Club activities:
• Learn to Draw a Southern White Rhino with artist Don Conroy
• Sunrise Imagination Children’s Yoga with Caragh
• Reuben The Entertainer’s Sustainability Tour of Dublin Zoo
• Learn about the Oryx and more with Brendan the Zookeeper
Tune in here each week and on our social channels @SSEAirtricity for more Eco Explorer’s and Generation Green updates. Let’s come together and build a future that is greener and cleaner for animals, our loved ones and our beautiful planet.
TOPIC 1: What is Biodiversity?
In Lesson 1 we learn about Biodiversity. Biodiversity is the variety of all the living things in the world it includes all living things from the tiniest insect in your garden to the biggest whales in the sea. Join us on our journey to become Eco Explorers and tune in for more on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
What is Biodiversity - Animated Series
Learning all about Biodiversity with Reuben The Entertainer
Eco Explorer’s Club Virtual Tour of Dublin Zoo
Draw with Don on Biodiversity Week
Yoga Exploration with Caragh
Biodiversity comes from two words biological which means living things and diversity which means variety. The earth formed 4.6 billion years ago! Scientists find it hard to know exactly when the first living things appeared on earth but what they do know is that they started from single cells. The building blocks that make up all living things cells are so small you can only see them under a microscope. Billions of years ago these single cells began to become more complex through a thing called evolution. These cells became lots of different living things like plants, mammals, invertebrates and microorganisms which are the ones you can only see under a microscope. What's so amazing about the natural world is that everything came from a common ancestor including us. An ecosystem is like a community of living things in a specific place interacting with each other and with the non-living things in that place. Examples of living things are plants, animals, fungi and microorganisms called Manera and Protista, non-living things are things like rocks, climate, water and air. Different ecosystems in Ireland are bugs, woodlands, a marsh, a hedge, a lake, an ocean or even a rock pool.
Can you think of some living and non-living things you have in your ecosystem at home? Let us start with living things plants, trees, animals, insects, a dog or a cat, flowers. Now let us look at some non-living things – rocks, climate, water, air. Nature is all the things around us that are not made by humans like plants, animals, the landscape, the sea.
Biodiversity and nature are all around us, next time you're on a walk why not see what you can spot in the ecosystem around you!
We need biodiversity for lots of reasons. Biodiversity is about the variety of different living things having lots of diversity among plants, animals and all living things around us is essential in keeping different ecosystems healthy. Plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen from their leaves which humans and other animals need to breathe. An invertebrate is an animal without a backbone like a snail, worm, spider, wood louse. Bees are invertebrates and they help to pollinate flowers which helps crops and plants grow this makes sure we have yummy things like strawberries, nuts, chocolate, bananas and much more. Earthworms keep the soil healthy by recycling nutrients and aerating the soil this in turn helps plants to grow.
Biodiversity also gives us places to play and have fun nature spaces and the plants and animals in them provides places of beauty for us to see, play and experience.
Can you imagine not having gardens or parks to play in or relaxing when you're walking bird-watching or enjoying the Zoo TV series you are enjoying biodiversity! There are lots of different types of animals that live in Ireland we call these native species there are over 50 native mammal species living in the wild in Ireland. This includes land mammals like red squirrels and hedgehogs and marine mammals like grey seals and bottlenose dolphins. In Ireland we have 200 bird species that either live here all year round or regularly fly to spend part of the year here there are lots of ways you can learn about biodiversity.
Why not tune in to some of the other activities taking place as part of the Eco Explorers Club. Thank you for discovering biodiversity with us today, if you'd like to learn more about biodiversity watch out for next lesson here or @sseairtricity on Facebook, Instagram and Youtube.
TOPIC 2: Biodiversity: Protecting Nature
In Lesson 2 we learn about protecting Biodiversity. Join us on our journey to become Eco Explorers and tune in for more on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Protecting Biodiversity - Animated Series - NEW
Learning about Protecting Nature with Reuben The Entertainer & Mia McCarthy
Join us at Dublin Zoo for a Virtual Tour
Draw with Don - Get creative and discover butterflys and bees
NEW Yoga with Caragh
TOPIC 3: Energy: What Fuels Our planet?
NEW! Learn all about energy through yoga and meditation with Caragh
Draw with Don. Discover how to draw the energetic Heron and Egret
Let's celebrate Global Wind Day and learn all about Renewable Energy!
The Eco Explorer's Club virtual tour of Dublin Zoo
Laugh and Learn about Energy with Reuben The Entertainer
Learn all about Energy in The Eco Explorer's Club
TOPIC 4: Pollution: Protecting Our Planet -
NEW! Join The Eco Explorer’s Club for Yoga with Caragh
Draw with Don is back! Learn to draw a turtle with Don Conroy.
Join Reuben The Entertainer and Mia McCarthy Fahey to learn about protecting our planet
Check out the latest episode, learn all about Pollution and how to protect our planet
TOPIC 5: Sustainability: Caring for Our Planet - New
Learn about living sustainably with The Eco Explorer's Club
Have fun and get the low down on sustainability with Reuben the Entertainer
Enjoy a virtual tour of Dublin Zoo with The Eco Explorer's Club
Join The Eco Explorer's Club to Draw with Don!
Try some yoga and learn about rainbow moments with Caragh