Heritage in Schools

The Heritage in Schools Scheme provides a panel of 145 Heritage Specialists who visit primary schools throughout the country.

Would you like to bring “Nature School” to your school?

A School Visit under the “Heritage in Schools” scheme can take place:

  • In the Classroom
  • In the school grounds (or nearby)
  • On a Field Trip in a local woodland or forest

We work with primary schools in the following counties:

  • Galway
  • Mayo
  • Leitrim
  • Sligo
  • Longford
  • Westmeath
  • Roscommon

About Us

Bernard and Zane live near Castlebar in Co. Mayo with their three children. For more than a decade and a half now they have embarked on an ambitious project to restore an area of ancient hazel woodland and create a new native woodland on the family farm. The project started back in 2001 when the site was chosen by the Forest Service to pilot the proposed Native Woodland Scheme and so became one of the first woodlands in the country under the new scheme. One of the objectives of there project is to create an awareness of the important role that Ireland’s Native Woodlands play in enhancing biodiversity, protecting our rivers and lakes and providing a safe home to may of our endangered species. Over the past few years we have been delighted to welcome children from our local school, scouting organisations and adults to come and play and learn in our woodlands. Ireland has such a wealth of wonderful unspoiled  natural outdoor areas on our doorsteps that are just waiting to be discovered and explored. Since 2010 we have been working with schools under the Heritage in Schools Scheme.

Zane Kazotniece

Zane Kazotniece


Bernard Joyce

Bernard Joyce


To get in touch


  • (094)9067080 (Office)

  • (087)2254698 (Bernard mobile)

  • (087)1202252 (Zane mobile)

Available Dates for School Visits / Field Trip

Upcoming Events

Heritage in Schools 2015

Heritage in Schools 2015 The Heritage in Schools Scheme is now open again for bookings for 2015. The scheme makes available to primary schools a panel of 175 Heritage Experts who will visit primary schools to work directly with the students. The visit by the heritage...

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The benefits of walking to school

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Resources for Forest School

Resources for Forest Schools It is an exciting time in Ireland at the moment with a number of opportunities to become a qualified Forest School Practitioner. We started our training in Wicklow in November last when a hardy bunch of childcare professionals, youth...

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Green Schools Biodiversity

Nature School recently participated in training with Green Schools Ireland to deliver the Green Schools - Biodiversity programme in Schools in Ireland as part of the Heritage in Schools programme. Green-Schools, known internationally as Eco-Schools, is an...

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International Space Station Live

International Space Station Live If you get the chance to be outdoors in nature at night or just after sunset / before sunrise your eyes will be drawn to the wonders of the night sky. Keep an eye out for the International Space Station. There are a number of phone...

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Forest School principles

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