Keep Clara Bog Visitor Centre open all year round

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To whom it may concern,
We are currently students at Clara Youthreach and have recently taken part in an  Eco-Unesco project called "A Look On Nature". Our group decided to base our project around bio-diversity in the local area. We have already taken part in some projects about bio-diversity involving Clara Bog Visitors Centre. They were of great help to us and added another dimension to our learning which cannot be provided solely by the school classroom. This added dimension is invaluable in terms of both teaching and learning.
We are writing to you to make an appeal for Clara Bog Visitors Centre to remain open all year round or at least during times that are more suited to the school calendar in order for students to avail of what the Bog Visitors Center staff have to offer in terms of their in-depth knowledge, broad experience  and professionalism. The centre is also of great importance to our community, not just for those of us who are of school going age but also other community groups such as the Clara Active Retirement, Clara Scouts, Local Walking Clubs and families interested in getting to know their local heritage.
At present Clara Bog Visitors Centre is closed from December 1st up until March of next year which is such an inconvenience for schools in general. The centre is a great way to teach children of all ages about their local surroundings and getting them interested and involved with nature.
We feel we are not alone in saying that we need Clara Bog Visitors Centre open all year round and we hope you can see our point of view and open this up to discussion.
The people of Clara and surrounding areas would greatly appreciate the possibility of extended opening times for the Visitors Centre as it’s a fantastic facility which we feel should be used to its full potential.

Kind regards,
Jack Doolan, Kayleigh Brereton, Leo Geoghegan, Sophie Donoghue, David Dunne, Caleb Brennan.



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