STUDENTS from Portlaoise College took some time out to visit areas that are working on climate change and reducing carbon footprints as well as learning about sustainable farming practises.
Some of the teenagers visited the Mount Lucas wind farm in Offaly, where they studied the biodiversity and noted some of the flora and fauna as well as the rare round-leaved wintergreen. They also learned about the varied birdlife in the area, such as swans, ducks, red grouse, pheasants and herons.
Other transition year students took a trip to north Tipperary for a tour of the 800-year-old Cloughjordan House and organic farm.
The students had an opportunity to see how sustainable practices are used to rear and feed animals and how the fruit and vegetables are organically grown. They also took part in a cookery class with the in-house chef, where they cooked a variety of dishes.
All of the food was eaten by the students at the open fire in the log cabin.