Glenveagh National Park, Co. Donegal

Glenveagh Nature Centre is open all year round with a wide range of activity days for schools available. These include special days incorporating topics such as Biodiversity and Maths, Sustainable Development, Geography and Science, Creative nature awareness days with an emphasis on art and writing and new for 2012/2013 will be 'Stepping back through the Trees' - A historical adventure looking at the story of how woodlands have changed over time. We can also tailor a visit to meet specific requirements.

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Inch Wildfowl Reserve - Exciting new Outdoor Learning Site in Donegal

Inch Wildfowl Reserve, in Burt, County Donegal has begun delivering Nature Education Days to schools, in partnership with Glenveagh National Park Education Centre. The site, which comprises of a manmade lake and 8km loop trail with a backdrop of a working farm, offers schools a fascinating place to visit to learn about conservation, biodiversity and sustainability. Funded be the last round of INTEREG money, the path now sees 60,000 visits a year with the main spectacle being the hundreds and sometimes thousands of wintering wildfowl and breeding waders visible from 3 bird hides. The site holds internationally important numbers of Geese and Swans along with other nationally important species.

The schools programme will offer a walk and talk with hands on activities linked to the curriculum and in 2016 the centre hopes to gain its DPSM accreditation. Plans are already underway to design a special STEM learning day that will incorporate leaning about nature with technology by way of wildlife cameras and monitoring of tagged birds, fun engineering challenges and real life surveying of important species connecting maths with science.

The vision for Inch Wildfowl Reserve is to see the site recognised for its high conservation value, developed with a purpose built facility for schools on both side of the border to access , whilst also being a world class visitor experience on the Wild Atlantic Way. Development will be done in partnership with National Parks and Wildlife Services, Donegal County Council, Inch Wildfowl Reserve Trust and potentially cross border partners also.

Schools who would like to book a visit can call Clare Bromley from NPWS on 0761002693.

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To sign up directly with us for updates and information on our programmes for schools please email us at clare.bromley@ahg.gov.ie.