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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

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

Cost:
€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.

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

Where?
Clondarrig Community Farm, Portlaoise, Co. Laois

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

Start time: 11am
Finish time: 1.30pm

Cost:
€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 reconnectwithnatureirl@gmail.com.

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!

Heritage in Schools bookings open for 2019

Heritage in Schools bookings are now open for 2019.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me for queries regarding workshop content and date availability! I can deliver once-off workshops or develop a series of linked visits to suit your needs. All content is linked to the SESE curriculum.

Workshops can take place within your school grounds or as an outing to a forest, natural place or park.

Examples of themes that can be covered through games and challenges this season include:

  • Seasonality: What is happening in our local environment?
  • Connections: people and their environment, then and now.
  • Exploring native animal behaviours, recognising their importance and how we can help by providing habitats.
  • Pollinators and us – why we need them and how we can help them
  • Workshops supporting your work towards your biodiversity green flag.

Don’t forget, if you book 4 visits with the same expert, you get the 5th free! A series of 5 visits to a forest/natural place are ideal for developing children’s relationship with nature in a more in-depth way, as well as building their confidence in the outdoor environment.

For booking and details about the scheme click here 

Testimonials

“The feedback from children at all class levels was fantastic. The week of workshops generated a whole school interest in pollinators and nature study and a gardening group project was set up to grow flowers and vegetables.”

“We really enjoyed Barbara’s workshop. She has an excellent rapport with the children and her style of education is fun engaging and meaningful”

“The children had a wonderful week exploring nature and the environment.”

Women in the Woods – Wednesday mornings

Women in the Woods is back!

Suitable for women of all ages, we have timed this group’s sessions to suit parents of young children in preschool or school age, as well as older generations – or perhaps college students who need to take some time out? All equally welcome to take some time out in the woods with us.

Starting January 16th, 5 mornings (which brings us up to school midterm break).

Booking and further details here 

women in the woods mornings