NEED (Northern Environmental Education Development) is a transnational European initiative that focuses on the development of geo-education resources in four regions on Europe’s northern Atlantic periphery.

NEED supports the development of geological learning resources, the promotion of an awareness of the landscape, and the establishment of sustainable contacts between education providers, visitor centres and the wider tourism community.

The Burren, Co. Clare, represents Ireland as one of the four European regions within NEED. The other countries are Norway, Finland and Iceland. NEED is coordinated in Ireland by the Burren Connect Project ( NEED was funded by the Northern Periphery Programme 2007-2013, with the support of Clare County Council, the Geological Survey of Ireland and Shannon Development.

Resources for primary and secondary school children produced include:

1. 64 page A5 Illustrated Booklet on the Geology of the Burren

2. 36 page A4 Scientific Guide to the Geology of the Burren

3. 2nd Edition Z-Card map & information brochure on Geosites & GeoNEED learning environments

4. Large Map/Information Panels (indoor) for Burren visitor & education centres

5. Schools & visitor centres Education Pack:

Booklet on the Geology of the Burren - cover 

o Teachers Information Booklet – introduction & instructions on tasks/activities
o Information Sheets Series
o Students Worksheets Series

6. Schools Rocks of the Burren pack (rocks samples, HCl drop bottles & Magnifying Glass)

7. GIS/Google Earth maps available for download on the website

For sample information, please visit:

The resources were officially launched on the 12th May 2011 in Lisdoovarna Pavillon, Co. Clare, by Dr Pat O'Connor, Director of the Geological Survey of Ireland.

See article from the Clare Champion: