Programme for Schools 2017

All events are FREE, however advanced booking is 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 four annual festivals: Maths Week Ireland, Robert Boyle Science Week, The Robert Boyle Summer School, Engineering Week and Bealtaine Living Earth Festival.

Schools Programme

All events must be prebooked with Eleanor Reade,

School of Science, Waterford Institute of Technology: ph: 051 302037




Dave’s Jungle

09:30-10:30 PRIMARY

10:45-11:45 PRIMARY

12:15-13:15 PRIMARY

13:30-14:30 PRIMARY

Presenter: Dave, Dave’s Jungle

Location: Waterford Institute of Technology

Meet Dave’s snakes, tarantulas, lizards and more close up and personal! A great opportunity to learn about reptiles and spiders and to experience snapping turtles, scorpions and snakes in a safe environment. /


The Geological Garden

11:30-13:30 PRIMARY (5th, 6th class)

Presenter: Robbie Galvin, Geologist, Copper Coast Geopark

Location: Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre, Bunmahon

Meeting at the Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre for a quick lecture on Earth Science and Geology, Robbie Galvin, Copper Coast Geologist, will guide a walk (10 minute walk) down to the Geological Garden in Bunmahon village. We will then traverse through 4.6 billion years of Earth’s history as shown by the rocks of the Copper Coast laid out in the Geological Garden.


Rockpool Explorer

12:00 – 14:00 PRIMARY 5th and 6th class

Presenter: Glen Power, Oceanics Surf School & Marine Education Centre

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

** Note: weather dependent**

Wet your curiosity and feed your enquiring mind by exploring the rocky shoreline and experience the amazing habitats of our coast. The Oceanics team run guided Eco Hikes in association with Discovery Primary Science, through a range of surrounding ecosystems. This Rockpool Exploration celebrates biodiversity where students enjoy hands on outdoors science in a fun and interactive way!



Puzzle in the Park


Presenter: Lismore Heritage Centre Staff

Location: Lismore Heritage Centre, Lismore

Team work and group discussion are key as Students take a Maths journey around Lismore’s beautiful Millennium Park. Helping Sonny, the park keeper figure out his conundrums has never been so much fun!

Wonderful World of Feathers

10:00-11:00 PRIMARY

12:00-13:00 PRIMARY

Presenter: Eric Dempsey, Birds Ireland

Location: Waterford Institute of Technology

Eric Dempsey, author and broadcaster, will introduce students to the exciting birds of Ireland and their many unusual and interesting adaptations.

Exploration of Waterford’s rocky history – environmental change and geological time in Waterford

10:30-11:45 PRIMARY

Presenter: Robbie Galvin, Geologist, Copper Coast Geopark – supported by the Waterford Direct Information Centre

Location: Waterford City Library

Learn about how the earth’s climate has changed over millions of years and how these changes are reflected in the rocks and landscape of County Waterford. Robbie Galvin, Copper Coast Geologist, will guide you through an interactive workshop and presentation on both geological time and environmental change.



Exploration of the Diverse Ecology of the River Mahon

11:00-12:00 SECONDARY

Presenter: Dr Michael Breen, Waterford Institute of Technology

Location: River Mahon, Kill

Explore the rich and diverse river ecology with environmental science lecturer Dr Michael Breen.


Greenway guided nature walk and live birds of prey exhibition

Presenter: Paddy Dwan of Time Outside Nature walks and William of Mayfield Birds of Prey

Time: 11 am  Duration: 2 hours PRIMARY (5th & 6th Class)

Location: GREENWAY CARPARK at Mt Congreve Nursery Road

Get the chance to learn about the plant and animal life along the Greenway along with

a live exhibition of birds of prey  - get the chance to see birds of prey up close!


Beach Discovery Hike

Presenter: Glen Power, Oceanics Surf School & Marine Education Centre, Tramore

Time: 12:00 – 14:00 SECONDARY

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

The Beach Discovery 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 walk in nature is exclusive to Oceanics and is designed to educate students on living things, environmental awareness and care.



The Living River - Waterbugs and how to keep them happy!

11:00-12:30 PRIMARY

Presenter: Paul Carroll, Waterford City Council

Location: Dunhill Constructed Wetland

There is a hidden world of wonderful small creatures living in the streams and rivers around us.  Marvel at their special skills and find out how they can let us know about the health of the river environment.  See how we can harness the power of nature to keep their world clean.