Programme for Secondary Schools 2015

Advance booking required for all events with Eleanor Reade 051 302037.

The Bealtaine Living Earth Festival 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 five annual festivals: Maths Week Ireland, Robert Boyle Science Week, The Robert Boyle Summer School, Waterford Engineering Week and Bealtaine Living Earth Festival

All events are FREE.


Castlecomer Ecology Trail      Castlecomer logo

Presented by: Nichola Salmon, Castlecomer Discovery Park

Event location: Castlecomer Discovery Park, Main Reception Area, Kilkenny

Date: Monday 18th May

Time: 10:00-11:00

Audience: 1st-Transition Year


Students will be guided along one of the ecologically intriguing woodland trails and will learn to identify and record a range of species. Students will use pooters and beating trays to capture and release small woodland invertebrates.

What you need to bring:

Comfortable walking shoes, warm weatherproof clothing.



Beach and Dune Discovery Hike      oceanics logo

Presented by: Sinéad Cheever, Oceanics Surf School & Marine Education Centre

Event location: Tramore Strand. Meet at Oceanics Surf School building- red house on Tramore strand.

Date: Thursday 21st May

Time: 10:30-13:30

Audience: Secondary 1st-5th year


The beach and dune hike celebrates biodiversity where students enjoy outdoors science in a fun and interactive way. They will discover plants and animals unique to sand dune, saltmarsh and sea shore habitats. This nature walk is designed to educate students on living things, environmental awareness and stewardship.

What you need to bring: Comfortable walking shoes, warm, weatherproof clothing.