Griston Bog Outdoor Classroom
Our first site, Griston Bog, is based in Ballylanders, Co. Limerick.
Schools may select one of our specially developed and tested programmes or run their own programme of activities.
To sign up directly with us for updates and information on our programmes for schools please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ballyhoura Outdoor Classroom are having outdoor classroom tours in Griston Bog, Lough Gur, Doneraile Court & Mitchelstown Cave
The 4 centres are accredited Discover Science Centres and can form an Educational Fun School Tour or Fieldtrips throughout the year.
Get up close and personal with nature & history through lots of exciting activities!
- Mini beast identification with pooters and nets
- Pond dipping and investigation of bug life under microscopes
- Bird watching using binoculars
- Nature Watch at Griston
- Butterflies & Dragonflies
- Heritage Trail Tours at Lough Gur & Doneraile
- Measuring the Stone Circle at Grange
- Exploring the Great Park at Doneraile
Public tours are being run the 1st Wednesday of every month, check out the website for more information
Lough Gur is one of Ireland’s most important archaeological and historic sites located in an area of great natural beauty.
The multimedia exhibition at the newly refurbished Heritage Centre interprets over 6,000 years of human habitation in Lough Gur from the Neolithic, Bronze Age, Iron age, Early Christian and Medieval periods right up to modern times. The area is rich in folklore and is also home to a wide variety of wildlife.
The site will introduce children to the wonders of astronomy, archaeology and environmental heritage through various preapproved DPSM activities.
Croker's Bee Farm
Crokers Bee Farm is a family run farm with sheep and beef cattle, a vegetable garden, fruit garden and allotments and a variety of poultry including ducks, geese and hens.
Our dedicated Bee classroom will allow students to participate and explore further the amazing life and work of the Honey bee.
- How bees make honey, wax, collect pollen and propolis; Students can feel and touch these products and discuss their uses.
- You will look and find the Queen and workers in our large observation hive.
- Role play the duties of different Bees.
- Discover the tools of a bee keeper and parts of a bee hive and put on a bee suit; Measure the cells on a piece of honeycomb.
- Using overhead projection, work cards, drawings and measurements students will investigate the life cycle of the Honey bee and its importance to everybody.
- Using various flora exhibits, students can investigate pollination and its importance for farming.
- A brief garden walk will also outline many bee friendly plants that are important to bees and Bumblebees.
- Our demonstration workshop will include a tour to our Apiary (up to 15 hives), examination of the Bee accessories in Bee store room.
Our dedicated classroom will allow students to participate and explore further the amazing life and work of the Honey bee as well as the many varieties of bumble bees.
Using overhead projection, work cards, drawings and measurements students will investigate the life cycle of the Honey bee and its importance to everybody. Using various flora exhibits, students can investigate pollination and its importance for farming.
Croker’s Bee farm provides a hands on, interactive workshop on bees. The workshop includes an Observation Hive where children can spot the queen, worker and drones in a safe environment. Examination of the bee accessories in the bee store room & do some fun activities which enable the children to develop an understanding of the duties of different bees & the massive importance of the Honey bee in our environment. Having watched a short video of pollination the children will discuss how human activities effect pollination. Children will tour our apiary and note the plants and flowers that encourage the production of honey. Children will be enabled to develop their scientific skill set as they observe, plan, discuss, investigate, record & re-evaluate through an engaging & and inspiring child centered workshop.
Croker’s Bee Farm will be open from the 1st April 2017 to 1st October 2017.