Would you like to experience “Nature School” in 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 are based in the West of Ireland so looking forward to meeting schools in Galway, Mayo, Leitrim, Sligo, Longford, Westmeath and Roscommon.

You can find out more about us on the Heritage in Schools “Heritage Experts” listing

  1. Obtain approval for the visit from the School Principal or Board of Management.
  2. Select a Heritage Expert from the Heritage Experts list.
  3. Contact the Heritage Expert and arrange the date, time and duration of the visit. To get in touch with Nature School call (094)9067080 / (087)2254698 / (087)1202252
  4. Plan the content of the visit with the Heritage Expert and decide what preparation must be undertaken by the expert, the teacher and the pupils prior to the visit.
  5. All bookings must be made in advance of visit with the Heritage Council. Please use our online booking system. Failure to book in advance, may result in the visit not being subsidised by the Heritage Council.
  6. The cost of the visit must be paid directly to the Heritage Expert after each visit. Travel costs are covered by the Heritage Council.
  7. A short evaluation form must be completed after each visit.
  8. The number of children participating in a visit by a Heritage Expert should not exceed 30.
  9. The teacher must remain with the class and the Heritage Expert at all times during the visit.
  10. The Heritage Expert is not expected to supervise pupils alone, or to visit for longer than the agreed time.
  11. Bookings can only be made for the current calendar year.

The Heritage in Schools Scheme

The Heritage in School Scheme encourages an awareness of the genius of the natural and cultural world amongst primary school children and engage them in a direct experience of their heritage.

The Heritage in Schools scheme makes available to primary schools a panel of 165 Heritage Experts who will visit primary schools to work directly with the pupils. You can search for an Expert by county and your area of interest. The visit by the heritage expert is part-funded by the school and the remaining costs are funded by the Heritage Council.

Educational Value

The value of the Heritage in Schools scheme is in the richness and depth of knowledge it makes available to children and teachers. The primary aim of the scheme is to encourage awareness of the genius of the natural and cultural world that surrounds us in our daily lives and engage children in a direct experience of their heritage, preferably outside the classroom where possible and appropriate. The scheme supports the stated aims and objectives of the SESE curriculum and provides an additional educational tool and resource for teachers. The ‘investigations’ provided on this website relate directly to the SESE subjects of science, history and geography.

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What does a School Visit or Field Trip from Nature School involve?

We are all connected to nature regardless of whether we realise we are or not, the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat all came from nature.

The aim of our visit is not so much to help us reconnect with nature as to rediscover the many ways that we are already connected with nature and how we can grow and learn through that connection

Nature is all around us. In our school grounds, in our gardens and in the school grounds. Within a short walk or bus trip from our school, there are so many places to discover. In the past, our ancestors people used materials from nature in their locality to live. Food, medicine, tools and even building materials were sourced from the local environment. A visit from Nature School will give students the opportunity to look at, examine  and even use everyday objects and tools that have been produced from  the locality, many from our own native woodlands. On a Field Trip or nature walk, we will explore and discover what can be produced from nature. We can also look at how we can use the outdoors environment as a place to “Learn Naturally” and encourage schools to use their school grounds and local woodlands or forests as an “outdoor classroom”. Nature like our creativity is an unlimited resource so what we want most is to create an fun learning experience for students and teachers so we are happy to discuss how best to do this with the class teacher beforehand taking student’s interests ages and abilities into account.

What are the benefit of students going outdoors?

10 reasons to take your class outdoors  READ HERE

What if it rains?

“There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing” We encourage students to bring appropriate clothing, raincoat, Wellington boots and pull-ups if they are going outdoors  and it may rain and to consider bringing a change of clothing. Going outdoors in rain can in itself be a wonderful learning experience. Likewise if the day is very sunny we would encourage students to take measures to protect themselves from the effects of the sun In the case of a storm, it is always advisable not to venture into forest because of the risk of falling trees, branches. While we would encourage classes to use the outdoors whenever possible, we are of course aware that some students, teachers or parents might have some concerns. Any of the activities that we do with schools can be carried out indoor or outdoors. If you are a parent or teacher and want to book Bernard or Zane for a Heritage in Schools visit or if you want to find out more the scheme please give us a call (094)9067080 or CONTACT US

About Us

Bernard and Zane live near Castlebar in Co. Mayo with there three children. For more than a decade 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 unspoilt  natural outdoor areas on our doorsteps that are just waiting to be discovered and explored. We look forward to being part of that adventure through the “Heritage in School’s” scheme.

How Much does a Visit / Field Trip Cost?