Programme for Primary Schools 2012

Prebooking required for all events with Eleanor Reade ereade@wit.ie 051 302037.

The Bealtaine Festival for Outdoor Science is a partnership of groups interested in Celebrating our Living Earth in the Southeast of Ireland and is coordinated by Calmast. Waterford IT through Calmast offers a wide range of science, technology, engineering and maths programmes for schools in the Southeast, attracting over 12,000 visitors to four annual festivals: Maths Week Ireland, Waterford Science Festival, Engineering Week and Bealtaine Festival of Outdoor Science.

Venue

Activity

Presenter

Days

Times

Groups

Waterford Institute of
Technology

Wonderful World of Feathers. Eric Dempsey is well known from the Mooney show and for his bird books. Eric Dempsey will introduce the birds of Ireland to primary school children and this illustrated presentation will show how wonderfully adapted birds are for their environments

Eric Dempsey,
broadcaster and author




Mon 21st



10am
12pm



Primary School
2nd – 4th
5th – 6th

JFK Arboretum visitor
centre, New Ross

Nature walk - Nature walk through the JFK arboretum – learn about Ireland’s native trees, and discover the plants and animals that surround them in the JFK arboretum.

JFK Arboretum



Mon 21st



11am



Primary School
Waterford Institute of
Technology
Dave’s Jungle: Get the chance to meet Dave’s snakes, spiders, scorpions and lizards up close.
Daves Jungle
Tues 22nd
9.30am
11.00am
12.30pm
1.45pm
Primary School
JFK Arboretum, New Ross

Trees - their flora and fauna : a unique guided walk around some of the main European species of tree used in plantation forestry in Ireland. The trees are growing in plots and can be seen growing exactly like they would in a plantation forest. Dr Nick Mc Carthy will introduce primary school children to the trees, flowers and animals living in JFK

Dr Nick Mc Carthy, WIT

Tues 22nd
10.00am
11.30am
Primary School
Fenor Bog

Visit to Fenor bog with Alan Walsh, may every weed be a wild flower, come along and discover the bogs unique plants and how they have benefitted people for thousands of years.

Alan Walshe, Copper Coast
Geopark

Tues 22nd

10am

Primary schools
4th – 6th
Lismore Heritage Centre
A magical woodland walk. Participants will learn about how a seed develops and grows into a large tree, how there are many different layers of growth in a woodland habitat, look at different birds and insects
Lismore Heritage Centre
Tues 22nd

10.30am

Primary
(10-12years)

Waterford Institute of
Technology
Build a nestbox using recyclable materials - Today, it is increasingly important to provide nesting sites for birds in gardens, forests and parks. This workshop will teach you how to build a nestbox. We will also show you how to make feeders from recycled materials that will make your garden a haven for wildbirds.
Dr. Nick McCarthy, WIT
Wed 23rd
9.30am
11.15 am
12.45 pm
Primary
(10 – 12yr)
Waterford Institute of
Technology
Build a nestbox using recyclable materials - Today, it is increasingly important to provide nesting sites for birds in gardens, forests and parks. This workshop will teach you how to build a nestbox. We will also show you how to make feeders from recycled materials that will make your garden a haven for wildbirds.

Dr. Nick McCarthy, WIT Thurs 24th



9.30am
11.15 am
12.45 pm



Primary
(10 – 12yr)
Central Library, Lady Lane

Make an insect hotel and learn about the biodiversity of your local area.



Ella Ryan, Waterford City
Council



Fri 25th



10am
11am



Primary school
1st – 3rd

Waterford Institute of
Technology

Skull-duggery!
This workshop is aimed at the primary school age group and its contents are adaptable from junior infants up to 6th class. The workshop aims to teach participants the difference in anatomy of carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. Participants will learn that skulls tell us countless things about animals. Pupils will discover that the shape and position of eyes, jaws and teeth are clues that help us learn more about an animal’s lifestyle and habitat.

Catherine Mc Guinness,
Natural History Museum

Fri 25th



10am
11.15am



Primary School
4th – 6th
JFK Arboretum visitor
centrre, New Ross

Nature walk through the JFK arboretum - learn about Ireland’s native trees, and discover the plants and animals that surround them in the JFK arboretum.



JFK Arboretum



Fri 25th



11am



Primary School

All events approximately 1 hour unless otherwise indicated

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