Nature Education Programme


Easter Activities (Booking Details Below)


Wednesday 16th April                      Nature Room Open at the Castle courtyard with plant and water bug display 12- 4.30

                                                            Nest Building in the Log Cabin – available all day from 10am – 5pm

Monday 21st April (BH)                   Nature Room Open as above

                                                            Butterfly and Bumblebee Walk from Nature Room time TBC

                                                            Nest Building – Log Cabin as above

Weds 23rd April                                 Nature Room Open – as above

                                                            Family Nature Walk from VC – times and details tbc

                                                            Nest Building – Log Cabin – as above

Sunday 27th April                              Nature Room Open – as above

                                                            Nest Building in the Log Cabin – as above



Programmes for Schools

Click each day for a full Teacher Fact Sheet

The Glenveagh Time Line-Step back in time and explore how the park has evolved since the ice age,investigating how the landscape has changed over time up to the present day. Links with 5th & 6th Class SESE and Junior Cert ESS.



The World and WoodAn introduction to Sustainability for young people, exploring woodlands, our impact on them and their place in our world. Links with 5th & 6th Class and Junior Cert Science, Geography, History, CSPE and ESS.




Making Nature Count – Practically exploring the concepts of
Biodiversity and Maths in Science and the fundamental relationshipbetween them. Links with 5th & 6th class and Junior Cert Maths,Geography and Science.



Continuing Programmes:

Signs of SpringVisit us from February through to May and help us observe and record the arrival of Spring.



Mammal Day – Learn more about the tracks and signs of mammals in Ireland and in Glenveagh.



For Infants Specially designed activity day for under 6's focused on sorting, matching, describing and identifying all the natural wonders they’ll find on a nature walk.



Minibeast Day - Exploring the amazing world of insects and their importance in the world.



Woodland Discovery Day - Learn about Native Irish trees and forests, and all the amazing living things they support.




Garden Discovery Day - Venture through the magical world of Glenveagh Gardens with a range of fun sensory activities, and learn about what grows here and why.





Bogland Studies - Discover this amazing habitat and its biodiversity though a walk and hands on activties.




General Nature Explorer Day - a combination of any of the above - tailored to your groups interest and age.


Click here for DPSM

Contact us if you are working towards your DPSM award.


How To Book:

1. Ring the Nature Centre to confirm a suitable date: Tel: 0761002691

2. Download the booking form below and email it back to us at: or post it back to us at Gleveagh National Park Education Centre, Church Hill, Donegal.

3. We will call you one week before your visit to confirm all details.







Important Information:

All bookings are free of charge.

Maximum group size is 30 children. This may be reduced should staffing require.

Groups must be accompanied by 1 adult to every 10 children.

Children must bring suitable shoes, rain gear and be prepared for midges in the summer months!

A packed lunch is essential – exploring nature can be hungry work!

We would appreciate prompt arrival – we want all groups to get the most from their day.


We ask group leaders to ensure that their group are aware of appropriate behaviour, safety issues and the need for respect when visiting a National Park.

Your thoughts and suggestions are most welcome. We ask all groups to complete a comment card after their visit and share any ways we can improve the service we offer.

Schools booking lunch with the Restaurant in April – June as part of their visit should be aware that their session will last from 10am – 12.30pm only.



Our Mission...

We hope to inspire an interest in nature and develop children and young people’s appreciation for the natural world, encouraging them to respect and protect biodiversity. We promote active learning and believe that all a child’s senses should be stimulated in order to help them learn effectively about the outdoors. The programme takes a very hands on, practical approach, where we hope to make learning about nature and the environment exciting, fun and relevant. Our sessions are informal, child lead where possible and use a variety of creative activities to engage and inspire every individual at their own level. Please download our brochure to see the full range of activities we deliver. If you have any query's please do not hesitate to contact us at the above email or ring us at 0761002691.



Who we work with:

  • Pre-school groups
  • National Schools
  • Cubs/Scouts/Guides Groups
  • Special Needs Groups
  • Summer Scheme Groups & Camps.
  • Youth Clubs and Other community Groups
  • Adult Community Groups & Associations
  • General Visitors and Fammillies in the Park

We can also offer training to teachers, parents and leaders on how to communicate and share nature and the environment with children.


Useful Links for exploring Nature:

Notice Nature Website

Biodiversity Data Centre Website

National Parks and Wildlife Website

National Parks & Wildlife Service, 7 Ely Place, Dublin 2. Phone: +353 1 8882000 Fax: +353 1 8883272