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Junior Cert. and Leaving Cert. Ecology

We can offer a field studies day tailored to the ‘Habitat and Ecosystem’ sections of the curriculum. Students will take part in hands on activities using scientific ecological methods and will record their findings in a useful workbook which can be used for revision at a later date. The aim of this day is to bring definitions of terms to life – such as Adaptation, Environment, Habitat, Competition and Food Webs. We hope that students will leave with a greater understanding of the interactions between different living things in a Woodland and a sound understanding of why this type of work is important.

Learning Module Fact Sheet: Ecology & Conservation Field Trip

 Junior Cert Workbook

 Leaving Cert Workbook


Transition Year: Protect Nature Project & Certificate

This is a unique learning experience for TY students, which aims to inspire change in values and attitudes towards the environment, conservation, sustainability and outdoor recreation. It incorporates a school based project, an outreach visit to the classroom from Glenveaghs Education Team and a guided visit to the National Park. It raises awareness of conservation work carried out by the National Parks and Wildlife Service while also delivering the core messages of the Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics Education Programme. Students participating receive a certificate of completion. Limited to a small number of schools each year only.

Click here for a full Guide for TY co-ordinators on this new programme. *Fully booked for Autumn /Winter 2022

Junior Cert. Geography

We can provide a River Studies Day which involves a walk down the Glen path (7km) and a closer look at the work of Rivers. Students will take part in interactive exercises in comparing the three stages of a river and will complete a workbook with their findings. The Barra river offers some excellent examples of features such as Waterfalls, Meanders and Ox Bow Lakes. We will also explore the work of erosion and deposition and examine the river load at various points. Map Work is included in this day as well.


Health and Safety:

Wellies/strong shoes and sensible, waterproof clothes are strongly advised.

Students and teachers need to bring a packed lunch and we provide all equipment.

Teachers are reminded to ensure they bring adequate supervision for the group and ask pupils to take responsibility for their behaviour in the national park.

Visits last from 10am – 3.30pm and are free of charge.

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Check out our Teachers Resources page for full guides on how to arrange a visit or plan your own day in the Park with your group.