April Family Forest Day Emo 14/4/2019

Easter break is finally here and this family day will focus on our birdlife, nests and, yes, there’ll be a spin on our easter tradition of searching for eggs.

My aim is to help children and families to reconnect with the natural environment in a fun and meaningful way – through activities such as games, nature crafts, bug hunts, awareness trails, species identification, scavenger hunts, learning about uses of natural materials and many other Forest School inspired activities.

The main aim, as always, is to have fun in nature!

Where? Emo Park Woods, Co. Laois (Opposite Emo Court)

Date: Sunday April 14, 2019

Start time: 11am
Finish time: 2pm

Activities are aimed at children aged 6-12 years, however younger/older are welcome when accompanying a sibling.

€10 per person (adults and children)
Only one parent per family pays and grandparents go free too! Babies and toddlers <2 free.

Places are very limited in order to keep group size small. Please note that due to the small group size, your place cannot be secured until payment is received.

Garda Vetted, valid Outdoor 1st Aid Certificate held and fully insured.

Book here

Nature After School Programme Clondarrig May 2019

We are delighted to bring a Friday afternoon after school club to Clondarrig Farm, Portlaoise, Co. Laois.

Activities will include nature awareness skills, wood/nature craft, art, wild cooking and time for free play.

Please note that we can only accommodate a small group so early booking is advisable.

Start date May 3rd; €70 per child (additional siblings €60)

Booking and detailed information here

Nature Connection for teens

The aim of these four weeks is to provide a forum for teens to connect to nature through exploring a range of activities including wood and nature crafts, art, foraging, wild cooking, wildlife tracking; but also to provide a safe and relaxed atmosphere of mutual respect where teenagers can be themselves, take time out ‘away’ from everyday life to engage with the wonders of the natural wired that is surrounding us on our doorstep.

Suitable for persons aged ~ 13-16 with an interest in spending time outdoors

Clondarrig Community Farm, Portlaoise, Co. Laois

Tuesdays 19. March 26. March 2. April 9th April

Start time: 11am
Finish time: 1.30pm

€65 for four weeks if booked together (10hrs total)
or €20 per individual 2.5hr session

This programme will be followed by two further 4 week blocks before the summer break.

Places are very limited in order to keep group size small. Please note that due to the small group size, your place cannot be secured until payment is received.

Book here

If you have any queries please contact Barbara on 0872073121 or email

Women in the Woods – Spring 2019

The aim of the ‘Women in the Woods’ evenings are to give an opportunity to women to take time out to reconnect with the natural environment and to immerse ourselves in the benefits and beauty of our woodland environment.

The evenings will include a variety of activities such as games that allow us to explore our environment, nature crafts, foraging, bushcraft, art and more.

The cost of these sessions are kept to an absolute minimum as it is my intention to give something back to people who give their time and energy to others: mothers, grandmothers, aunties, friends, volunteers, etc: €60 for 6 evenings.

Book here

Please note that your place is secured only upon receipt of payment (see booking form).

Easter Forest Camp in Tullamore

We are delighted to announce the return of Forest Camp in Tullamore this April 23rd-25th.

Our forest school has moved to a private area of the woods, and we are excited to explore this part of the beautiful woodland on the outskirts of Tullamore.

During the three days we will be exploring the animals and plants in the woods through games and challenges, learn different techniques of shelter building, learn bushcraft techniques and nature craft.

Last year we were fully booked well in advance, so don’t hesitate to book your place.

For detailed information and booking click here

March Family Forest day in Emo Woods

March 31st (rescheduled from March 10th) – book here

Spring is springing and this month we will be discovering through games, crafts and challenges how the plant and animal world is coming alive in the woods at this time of year.

As always, all our activities we will be closely connected to the changes in the surrounding landscape, and there will be structured activities and time for free play and discovery.

The main aim, however, is to have fun in nature!