General Public Events 2016

Prebooking required: book with Eleanor Reade ereade@wit.ie or 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 15,000 visitors to four annual festivals: Maths Week Ireland, Robert Boyle Science Week, The Robert Boyle Summer School, Waterford Engineering Week and Bealtaine Living Earth Festival.

The following events are all FREE and are suitable for families and members of the general public. All under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

All events must be prebooked with Eleanor Reade, School of Science, Waterford Institute of Technology: ereade@wit.ie ph: 051 302037

SATURDAY 21st May

 

Native Irish Trees: Myths and Legends

11:00-12:00 GENERAL PUBLIC/FAMILIES

Presenter: JFK Arboretum Staff, Office of Public Works

Location: JFK Arboretum, meet at Flagpoles outside visitor centre

Join us for a tour through the Arboretum and discover the many myths and legends associated with our native tree collection.

See more here at www.heritageireland.ie

Directions: The JF Kennedy park and Arboretum is about 12 km by road south of New Ross. From the N25 (as it sweeps around New Ross) take the R733 south. JFK Arboretum is signposted.

You can see the map here

Explore the Shore

11:30-12:30 GENERAL PUBLIC

Presenter: Marie Power, The Sea Gardener, Irish Wildlife Trust

Location: Kilfarrasy Strand near Fenor Village

Marie Power, author of The Sea Garden, will guide an exploration of the flora and fauna of the rocky shore, including identifying edible seaweeds & tips on cooking them.

Meet KIlfarrasy Strand. Car parking available see map

www.theseagardener.ie

 

 

A Volunteer Day at the Gracedieu Community Woodland

12:00-14:00 GENERAL PUBLIC

Presenter: Rebecca Doyle, Native Woodland Trust

Location: Native Woodland Trust Community Woodland, Gracedieu, Waterford City

With beautiful views of the River Suir and located along the Deise Greenway, the Gracedieu Community Woodland site is a lovely place to spend a couple of hours in the fresh air! On the day we will be planting some native trees and fixing the tree guards on the trees that have been planted by volunteers over the last number of years.

The Gracedieu Community Woodland can be found by travelling along the River Suir past the old Brewery and keeping on as the road passes under the new bridge/ Waterford bypass and turns left.

See the map directions here

See more about the Native Woodland Trust Waterford Site here

www.nativewoodlandtrust.ie

 

Native Irish Trees: Myths and Legends

15:00-16:00 GENERAL PUBLIC/FAMILIES

Presenter: JFK Arboretum Staff, Office of Public Works

Location: JFK Arboretum, meet at Flagpoles outside visitor centre

Join us for a tour through the Arboretum and discover the many myths and legends associated with our native tree collection.

See more here at www.heritageireland.ie

Directions: The JF Kennedy park and Arboretum is about 12 km by road south of New Ross. From the N25 (as it sweeps around New Ross) take the R733 south. JFK Arboretum is signposted.

You can see the map here

 

SUNDAY 22nd May

International Day for Biological Diversity

 

Variety is the spice of life

11:00-12:00 GENERAL PUBLIC

Presenter: JFK Arboretum Staff, Office of Public Works

Location: JFK Arboretum, meet at Flagpoles outside visitor centre

Explore the variety of trees and shrubs at the JFK Arboretum with a guided walk and learn about the diversity of the plant collection at the arboretum.

See more here at www.heritageireland.ie

Directions: The JF Kennedy park and Arboretum is about 12 km by road south of New Ross. From the N25 (as it sweeps around New Ross) take the R733 south. JFK Arboretum is signposted.

You can see the map here

 

Sea Creature Identification & Squid Dissection

11:30-12:15 GENERAL PUBLIC/FAMILIES

Presenter: Oceanics Surf School & Marine Education Centre

Location: Oceanics Surf School & Marine Education Centre at The Red Cottage, Tramore

Identifying the creatures that can be found on Irish Sea Shores will prepare you to explore the Rockpools as a family. The squid dissection will show the many adaptations of this magnificent creature. You are then free to go and explore Tramore’s rockpools, peer into the many tidal habitats and natural touch pools. This activity is in conjunction with the Marine Institute Explorers Programme promoting Ocean Literacy in a fun and interactive way.

See more at the Oceanics website here

www.oceanics.ie

 

Variety is the spice of life

15:00-16:00 GENERAL PUBLIC

Presenter: JFK Arboretum Staff, Office of Public Works

Location: JFK Arboretum, meet at Flagpoles outside visitor centre

Explore the variety of trees and shrubs at the JFK Arboretum with a guided walk and learn about the diversity of the plant collection at the arboretum.

See more here at www.heritageireland.ie

Directions: The JF Kennedy park and Arboretum is about 12 km by road south of New Ross. From the N25 (as it sweeps around New Ross) take the R733 south. JFK Arboretum is signposted.

You can see the map here

MONDAY 23rd

 

What do you see? There is more to a tree!

15:00-16:00 GENERAL PUBLIC/FAMILIES

Presenter: JFK Arboretum Staff, Office of Public Works

Location: JFK Arboretum, meet at Flagpoles outside visitor centre

Come along to this guided tour and discover the many habitats that trees provide. Trees are havens for biodiversity and provide a diverse range of habitats for many creatures.

See more here at www.heritageireland.ie

Directions: The JF Kennedy park and Arboretum is about 12 km by road south of New Ross. From the N25 (as it sweeps around New Ross) take the R733 south. JFK Arboretum is signposted.

You can see the map here

Curraghmore Estate Dusk Mammal Walk:

20.00-22.00 GENERAL PUBLIC/FAMILIES

Presenter: Andrew Harrington, Waterford Institute of Technology

Location: Curraghmore Estate, Portlaw,

Meeting at courtyard of Curraghmore House.

Join us for a walk on the wild side as we take a look at some of the wildlife in the beautiful woodlands in Curraghmore Estate. We will look for signs of some of the wild mammals which live in the ancient woods and the River Clodiagh, including red squirrels, pine martens and otters. We will also watch bats emerge from the woods after dusk.

The Historic Home of the 9th Marquis of Waterford. Some 2500 acres of formal gardens,woodland and grazing fields makes this the largest private demesne in Ireland.

Hidden in a shrubbery near the main house is the most enchanting Shell House created by Catherine Countess of Tyrone in 1754. Specimen trees are marked around the grounds and maps are available for visitors to enjoy the many trails around the estate.

See map here

Tuesday 24th

 

The Benefits of Trees

15:00-16:00 GENERAL PUBLIC

Presenter: JFK Arboretum Staff, Office of Public Works

Location: JFK Arboretum, meet at Flagpoles outside visitor centre

Explore the many different trees of the world at the JFK Arboretum with a guided walk and discover why trees are so important for people and society.

See more here at www.heritageireland.ie

Directions: The JF Kennedy park and Arboretum is about 12 km by road south of New Ross. From the N25 (as it sweeps around New Ross) take the R733 south. JFK Arboretum is signposted.

You can see the map here

 

 

Treasures of the Earth

19:00-21:00 GENERAL PUBLIC

Presenter: Tina Keating, Geologist/Gemmologist

Location: Garter Lane Gallery (beside Delaney's Florists), O'Connell Street, Waterford

An introduction to the fascinating world of gem minerals and gemstones: Discover how they are formed, why some are prized more highly than others, how similar looking gems can be distinguished from one another and how we can tell a natural one from a synthetic or a fake. Get the chance to use some of the equipment involved such as microscope, spectroscope, refractometer, dichroscope and diamond tester.

 

 

WEDNESDAY 25th

 

Birds of Ireland Dusk Walk

7pm GENERAL PUBLIC

Presenter: Eric Dempsey, Birds Ireland

Location: Mt Congreve Estate,Kilmeaden

 

A dusk walk with author and broadcaster Eric Dempsey. Eric is well known from the Mooney Show and for his many books about the birds of Ireland. He will introduce the common birds of the city and demonstrate how to identify them through their calls. www.birdsireland.com

The gardens at Mount Congreve, Waterford, consist of around seventy acres of intensively planted woodland garden and a four acre walled garden. The owner, the late Mr Ambrose Congreve, cultivated Rhododendrons, Magnolias, Camellias and indeed many other floras from every continent in the world.The entire collection consists of over three thousand different trees and shrubs, more than two thousand Rhododendrons, six hundred Camellias, three hundred Acer cultivars, six hundred conifers, two hundred and fifty climbers and fifteen hundred herbaceous plants.www.mountcongreve.com

 

THURSDAY 26th

 

The Benefits of Trees

15:00-16:00 GENERAL PUBLIC

Presenter: JFK Arboretum Staff, Office of Public Works

Location: JFK Arboretum, meet at Flagpoles outside visitor centre

Explore the many different trees of the world at the JFK Arboretum with a guided walk and discover why trees are so important for people and society.

See more here at www.heritageireland.ie

Directions: The JF Kennedy park and Arboretum is about 12 km by road south of New Ross. From the N25 (as it sweeps around New Ross) take the R733 south. JFK Arboretum is signposted.

You can see the map here

 

Birds of Ireland - Facts, Folklore and History

19:30-21:00 GENERAL PUBLIC

Presenter: Glynn Anderson, Waterford City and County Council Heritage Office, Portlaw Heritage Centre

Location: Portlaw Heritage Centre, The Square, Portlaw

This illustrated talk by author and guide Glynn Anderson offers a fascinating insight into the Ireland’s avifauna by combining facts, folklore and history.

www.waterfordcouncil.ie

 

FRIDAY 27th

Rhododendron Glory

15:00-16:00 GENERAL PUBLIC

Presenter: JFK Arboretum Staff, Office of Public Works

Location: JFK Arboretum, meet at Flagpoles outside visitor centre

A guided tour through the ericaceous gardens in the JFK arboretum. The ericaceous garden contains many species of Rhododendrons, Azealas and Heathers and is a must see for visitors to the Arboretum.

See more here at www.heritageireland.ie

Directions: The JF Kennedy park and Arboretum is about 12 km by road south of New Ross. From the N25 (as it sweeps around New Ross) take the R733 south. JFK Arboretum is signposted.

You can see the map here

 

SATURDAY 28th

Guided walk along the Red Trail in the JFK Arboretum

11:00-12:00 GENERAL PUBLIC /FAMILIES

Presenter: JFK Arboretum Staff, Office of Public Works

Location: JFK Arboretum, meet at Flagpoles outside visitor centre

This guided walk through the JFK Arboretum provides a fun and informal way to experience the botany of wildlife with the whole family.

See more here at www.heritageireland.ie

Directions: The JF Kennedy park and Arboretum is about 12 km by road south of New Ross. From the N25 (as it sweeps around New Ross) take the R733 south. JFK Arboretum is signposted.

You can see the map here

 

Guided walk along the Red Trail in the JFK Arboretum

15:00-16:00 GENERAL PUBLIC/FAMILIES

Presenter: JFK Arboretum Staff, Office of Public Works

Location: JFK Arboretum, meet at Flagpoles outside visitor centre

This guided walk through the JFK Arboretum provides a fun and informal way to experience the botany of wildlife with the whole family.

See more here at www.heritageireland.ie

Directions: The JF Kennedy park and Arboretum is about 12 km by road south of New Ross. From the N25 (as it sweeps around New Ross) take the R733 south. JFK Arboretum is signposted.

You can see the map here

 

 

SUNDAY 29th

 

Native Irish Trees: Myths and Legends

11:00-12:00 GENERAL PUBLIC/FAMILIES

Presenter: JFK Arboretum Staff, Office of Public Works

Location: JFK Arboretum, meet at Flagpoles outside visitor centre

Join us for a tour through the Arboretum and discover the many myths and legends associated with our native tree collection.

See more here at www.heritageireland.ie

Directions: The JF Kennedy park and Arboretum is about 12 km by road south of New Ross. From the N25 (as it sweeps around New Ross) take the R733 south. JFK Arboretum is signposted.

You can see the map here

 

Build a Giant Mosaic

14:30-17:30 GENERAL PUBLIC/FAMILIES

Presenter: Tina Keating, Geologist/Gemmologist

Location: Annestown Beach, Co Waterford

Create a giant mosaic on Annestown beach with geologist Tina Keating, using natural materials found on the shore – pebbles, seaweed, shells and more.

 

Native Irish Trees: Myths and Legends

15:00-16:00 GENERAL PUBLIC/FAMILIES

Presenter: JFK Arboretum Staff, Office of Public Works

Location: JFK Arboretum, meet at Flagpoles outside visitor centre

Join us for a tour through the Arboretum and discover the many myths and legends associated with our native tree collection.

See more here at www.heritageireland.ie

Directions: The JF Kennedy park and Arboretum is about 12 km by road south of New Ross. From the N25 (as it sweeps around New Ross) take the R733 south. JFK Arboretum is signposted.

You can see the map here


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