Leave No Trace in Nature

Leave No Trace in Nature

 

 Leave No Trace is an outdoor ethics programme designed to promote and inspire responsible outdoor recreation through education, research and partnerships.

At Crann Og Eco Farm we actively promote the seven codes to our guests to ensure the preservation of our ecofarm and the surrounding woodlands and wetland areas.

 

Here are the Crann Og Eco Farm Leave No Trace Codes of Conduct:

Plan Ahead and Prepare

Know the regulations and special concerns for the area. Visit in small groups. Repackage food to minimize waste. Travel & camp on durable surfaces. Concentrate use on existing trails and campsites.

Dispose of Waste Properly

Pack it in, pack it out. Pack out all trash & leftover food. Deposit solid human waste in catholes dug 6 to 8 inches deep, at least 200 feet from water, camp and trails. Pack out toilet paper and hygiene products.

Leave What You Find

Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them. Avoid introducing or transporting non-native species. Do not build structures, furniture, or dig trenches.

Minimize Campfire Impacts

Campfires can cause lasting impacts to the backcountry.

Use only designated fireplaces at Crann Og, do not light fires in the woods. Use only wood supplied by Crann Og, do not collect firewood from the forest.

Respect Wildlife

Observe wildlife from a distance. Never feed animals. Control pets at all times, or leave them at home. Avoid wildlife during sensitive times: mating, nesting, raising young, or winter.

Be Considerate of Other Visitors

Respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience. Let nature’s sounds prevail. Avoid loud noises.

And why would we follow and support those principles?

Nature plays an important part in our daily lives and impacts us positively whether we are aware of it or not. Preserving the natural environment is one of our missions here as we are located next to protected woodlands and are advocates of reconnection to nature for education and health.

Following these principles is also a requirement for our Gold Certification with Ecotourism Ireland, the national ecotourism organization, ratified by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council.

Get more info about our Leave No Trace & Conservation Values.

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Nature Therapy Benefits – Feel Good Factor

Nature Therapy Benefits – Feel Good Factor

Back to Nature

 

 The Connacht Tribune has run a feature on Crann Og Eco Farm promoting the importance of Nature and the positive effects it has on our daily lives.

Connecting with nature through guided Nature Therapy Walks, Nature School and ReNature Retreats helps us slow down and relax, reduces stress, strengthens our immune system and lifts our mood.

We have been talking about nature therapy benefits since 2004. Visitors and participants emerge from Crann Og reconnected, restored and relaxed. Their shoulders drop, their smiles broaden and they sleep deeper.

 

 

It was fantastic to have such a lengthy feature written about Crann Og and Marion, helping to promote the cause of getting people back to nature for well being and health, emotional and physical. Many thanks to Judy Murphy of the Connacht Tribune for such a good article!

Marion will be giving an introduction to Nature Therapy Walks at the BurrenBeo Landscape Symposium on 10th – 12th March 2017.

Get more info about our ReNature Retreats here.

Follow this link for Nature Therapy Walks.

Read the online article here.

 

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A Natural Way To Rest, To Play

A Natural Way To Rest, To Play

ReNature Yourself at Crann Og Eco Farm

We are proud to once again feature in The Irish Times!
This article was written by Manchán Magan and appeared in The Irish Times Magazine ‘Frontlines’ on August 13th 2016.

Having hosted the first Guide Training by the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy outside the USA earlier this year, we are on the forefront of this movement to ReNature in Ireland and Europe. We are continuing to raise awareness of the importance of our connection and interdependence with nature for our well-being and healing.

Want to learn more about what we do and how to get back to Nature?
Join our ReNature Retreats.
Go on a Nature Therapy Walk.
Send your kids out for Nature Schooling.
Stretch and relax with Gentle Yoga.

 

 

Teens + Nature = TEENature: Nature Smart Camps

Teens + Nature = TEENature: Nature Smart Camps

One of Ireland's best Summer Camps!

 

We host TEENature Summer Camps at Crann Og Eco Farm, County Galway Ireland in July and August.

These camps were listed in The Irish Times as one of Ireland’s 50 best things to do with kids this summer!

TEENature is a natural progression for teenagers from usual outdoor experiences into a deeper connection with Nature. Teaching is done by way of the Art of Mentoring and among many other benefits, leads to enhanced self esteem and self confidence.

In this era of high rates of obesity in teenagers, attention disorders, behavioural problems and depression, Richard Louv’s research has led him to coin the term Nature Deficit Disorders in his book “Last Child In The Woods”.

By exploring wilderness through playfully challenging activities, basic survival skills and community living on a camp site.

Teamwork, problem solving, building resilience and competent risk taking while developing physical fitness and motor skills are all integral parts of living in Nature.

TEENature is tailored to inspire enthusiasm and curiosity to learn from Nature, discovering facts and mysteries. Games and exercises help to expand sensory awareness, focus the mind and enhance relaxation and intuition.

Howard Gardener, Professor of Education at Harvard University developed the theory of 7 multiple Intelligences in 1983 and recently added the 8th, ‘Naturalist Intelligence‘, which he calls “nature smart”!

The Author, Mentor and Tracker Jon Young points out that Nature Connection is the foundation of a healthy and vibrant Culture as it is really through Nature Connection that we can deeply connect to ourself and then others.

Or as Sir David Attenborough put it:

No one will protect what they don’t care about, and no one cares about what they’ve never experienced”.

Click here to read the full article.

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