Bealtaine 2018 public and family events

Saturday, 19th May 2018

 

PUBLIC : SPRING into Bealtaine – with a Wellness Walk

Where

When

JFK Memorial Park and Arboretum

https://goo.gl/maps/tLGvc4Ykj5U2

12:00 – 1:30 pm

What

Spending time connecting with nature has been medically and scientifically proven to treat stress-related illnesses. Time to relax and enjoy a guided wellness walk through the JFK Memorial Park and Arboretum – reconnecting with the natural world to get a healthy dose of information about some of the interesting plants along the way.

Who

General public, families.

Bring comfortable shoes and weatherproof clothing.

Booking

Not required – meet at JFK Visitor Centre.

Social

@opwireland

@jfkarboretum

Website

http://www.heritageireland.ie/en/south-east/thejohnfkennedyarboretum/

 

PUBLIC : Rocky Shore Ecology Walk                                        Marie Power, The Sea Garden

Where

When

Garrarus Beach

https://goo.gl/maps/f3T6f2wsuzm

2:30 – 3:30 pm

What

Do you know what’s living out there on our shores? Join Marie Power, author of The Sea Garden, at Garrarus Strand, one of the Copper Coast most beautiful beaches. Enjoy a leisurely beach walk on a lovely Saturday afternoon and explore the diverse plant and animal life on the rocky shore of the Copper Coast - and learn about the health benefits of seaweed, seaweed foraging and seaweed cooking!

Who

General public, families – bring waterproof and slip resistant shoes.

Booking

Booking required – call 051 302037 or email ereade@wit.ie

Social

@theseagardener

@theseagardener

Website

http://www.theseagardener.ie/

 

 

FAMILY: Rockpool Exploration              Oceanics Surf School & Marine Education Centre

Where

When

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

https://goo.gl/maps/vpjjnmes9p82

3:30 – 4:30 pm

What

Wet your curiosity and feed your enquiring mind by exploring the rocky shoreline and experience the amazing habitats of our coast. The Rockpool Exploration celebrates biodiversity where all the family can enjoy hands on outdoors science in a fun and interactive way!

Who

General public, families – bring waterproof and slip resistant shoes.

Booking

Booking required: 051 302037 or email ereade@wit.ie

Social

@Oceanics20

@OceanicsSurfSchool

Website

https://www.oceanics.ie/

 

 

Sunday, 20th May 2018

 

FAMILY: Children’s Workshop: Plant Pot Painting and Planting                   JFK Arboretum

Where

When

JFK Memorial Park and Arboretum

https://goo.gl/maps/tLGvc4Ykj5U2

12:00 – 1:30 pm

What

Get out and get creative! Join the JFK Arboretum team for an afternoon of flower pot painting and planting.

Who

Children 4 – 12 years, accompanied by an adult.

Bring suitable clothes.

Booking

Booking required: 051 388171

Social

@opwireland

@jfkarboretum

Website

http://www.heritageireland.ie/en/south-east/thejohnfkennedyarboretum/

Monday, 21st May 2018


 

 

FAMILY: Exotic Animals                                         Dave’s Jungle at WIT

Where

When

Waterford Institute of Technology, FTG 25

https://goo.gl/maps/PuRh8pYivPQ2

3:00 – 4.00 pm

What

Discover reptiles, spiders, scorpions and other exotic animals up close! A great opportunity to learn about snapping turtles, alligators, chameleons, snakes and more in a safe environment.

Who

Children up to 12 years accompanied by an adult

Booking

Booking required: 051 302037 or email ereade@wit.ie

Social

@davesjungle

 

Website

http://www.davesjungle.com

 

 

Tuesday, 22nd May 2018

 

PUBLIC: Threatened Trees                                      JFK Memorial Park and Arboretum

Where

When

JFK Memorial Park and Arboretum

https://goo.gl/maps/tLGvc4Ykj5U2

12:00 – 1:30 pm

What

Sadly today some trees are in danger of disappearing due to human activity; urbanization, timber exploitation, habitat loss and the increased global spread of pests and diseases are just some of the threats they face. However, their disappearance is not inevitable, and we still have time so do something about it! Discover some of these threatened trees at the JFK Arboretum.

Who

General public, families, schools.

Bring comfortable shoes and weatherproof clothing.

Booking

Not required – meet at JFK Visitor Centre.

Social

@opwireland

@jfkarboretum

Website

http://www.heritageireland.ie/en/south-east/thejohnfkennedyarboretum/

 


 

 

PUBLIC: Gemstones: Treasure of the Earth                          Tina Keating, Gemmologist

Where

When

Garter Lane Studios, 5 O’Connell Street (beside Delaney’s Florist)

https://goo.gl/maps/Jih3wkpoKJv

6:30 – 8:00 pm

What

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, from a synthetic or a fake. Take the a chance to use some of the equipment involved yourself and identify gem stones using tools such as a microscope, spectrascope, refractometer, dicroscope and diamond tester.

Who

General public

Booking

Booking required: 051 855038

Social

@garterlane

@garterlaneartscentre

Website

https://garterlane.ie/event-category/learning-and-outreach

 

 

PUBLIC: Songs of Nightfall: The Dusk Chorus                         Eric Dempsey, Birds Ireland

Where

When

Mt Congreve Gardens

https://goo.gl/maps/JpX9na965ZJ2

7:00 – 9:00 pm

What

A dusk walk through the amazing gardens of Mount Congreve 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.

Who

General public

Booking

Booking required: 051 302037 or email ereade@wit.ie

Social

@mountcongreve

@EricTheBirdman

@mountcongreve

@birdsireland

Website

http://www.mountcongreve.com

http://birdsireland.com

 


Wednesday, 23rd May 2018

 

PUBLIC: Bat Walk                                   Andrew Harrington, Waterford  County Bat Group

Where

When

Newtown Woods, Tramore

https://goo.gl/maps/NjEe9Z6wcww

9:00 – 10:30 pm

What

Join Andrew Harrington, WIT researcher and member of the Waterford Bat Group, for a bat walk through the beautiful Newtown Woods in Tramore. We will take a dusk walk through stunning woodland and learn more the variety of bat species and other forest wildlife in the area.

Who

General public -  children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult; please note that some parts of walk may not be accessible to wheelchairs or buggies; bring comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather

Booking

Booking required: 051 302037 or email ereade@wit.ie

Social

@waterfordcountybatgroup

 

 

Thursday, 24th May 2018

 

FAMILY: Why is the sky blue and where do rainbows come from?       Cordula Weiss, W IT

Where

When

Garter Lane Studios, 5 O’Connell Street (beside Delaney’s Florist)

https://goo.gl/maps/Jih3wkpoKJv

4:00 – 5:00 pm

What

Explore the nature, arts and science all at once and join Cordula Weiss, WIT, on an interactive journey through the wonderful colours in nature. Where do they come from? Why is nature as colourful as it is? What’s the purpose of our birds’ bright feathers? Why are there 7 colours in the rainbow – and how can we make our own takeaway rainbow at home?

Who

Children 8 – 12 years

Booking

Booking required: 051 855038

Social

@Weiss_Cordula

@garterlane

@CalmastSTEMhub

@garterlaneartscentre

Website

https://garterlane.ie/event-category/learning-and-outreach

 

 

PUBLIC: Sunset on the Greenway                      Paddy Dwan, Time Outside Nature Walks

Where

When

Killoteran Greenway Car Park (by Mount Congreve)

https://goo.gl/maps/S3K4RCpaFxC2

8:00 am – 10:00 pm

What

Experience the Greenway at sunset – the very special time of the day shortly after sunrise or before sunset called the Golden Hour. Join Paddy Dwan from Time Outside Nature Walks for a leisurely walk while enjoying the rich natural heritage and stunning views along the Waterford Greenway.

Who

General public; bring comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather.

Booking

Booking required: 051 302037 or email ereade@wit.ie

Social

@WaterfordCounci

@waterfordcouncil

@Time-Outside-Nature-Walks

Website

http://www.waterfordcouncil.ie

 

Friday, 25th May 2018

 

FAMILY: Why is the sky blue and where do rainbows come from?

Dr Sheila Donegan, W IT

Where

When

Loughboy Library Kilkenny

https://goo.gl/maps/wvNr5M9QmiJ2

10:00 – 11:00 am

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

What

Explore the nature, arts and science all at once and join Dr Sheila Donegan, WIT, on an interactive journey through the wonderful colours in nature. Where do they come from? Why is nature as colourful as it is? What’s the purpose of our birds’ bright feathers? Why are there 7 colours in the rainbow – and how can we make our own takeaway rainbow at home?

Who

Primary pupils (3rd – 6th class)

Booking

Booking required: 056 7794176 or 056 7794177

Social

@stemwaterford

@kilkennylibrary

@CalmastSTEMhub

@kilkennylibrary

Website

http://www.kilkennylibrary.ie/eng/Libraries_Locations/Loughboy_Library

 

PUBLIC: The Golden Anniversary Tour                                  JFK Arboretum

Where

When

JFK Memorial Park and Arboretum

https://goo.gl/maps/tLGvc4Ykj5U2

12:00 – 1:30 pm

What

The JFK Arboretum is will be celebrating a milestone birthday this year on the 29th May 2018, having opened on this date fifty years ago. Discover some of the amazing trees that were planted fifty years ago at the arboretum.

Who

General public, families, schools.

Bring comfortable shoes and weatherproof clothing.

Booking

Not required – meet at JFK Visitor Centre.

Social

@opwireland

@jfkarboretum

Website

http://www.heritageireland.ie/en/south-east/thejohnfkennedyarboretum/

 

 

PUBLIC: A Walk through Time and Nature       Alan Walshe & Robbie Galvin,

Copper Coast Geopark

Where

When

Tra Na mbo Cove – meeting at Bunmahon car park (West end to Tra Na mbo)

https://goo.gl/maps/RLkM8jrCsgC2

5:30 – 7:00 pm

What

Enjoy the beautiful and stunning scenery of the Copper Coast and explore the secrets of Tra Na mbo Cove. Geologist Robbie Galvin and Ecologist Alan Walshe will bring you on a Geology/Biodiversity Walk to take in the interdependent relationship between the eco and geo diversity found in the Copper Coast.

Who

General public; bring comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather.

Booking

Booking required: 051 302037 or email ereade@wit.ie

Social

@coastcopper

@coastcopper

Website

https://coppercoastgeopark.com

 


Saturday, 26th May 2018

 

FAMMILY: Children’s Workshop: Plant Pot Painting and Planting              JFK Arboretum

Where

When

JFK Memorial Park and Arboretum

https://goo.gl/maps/tLGvc4Ykj5U2

12:00 – 1:30 pm

What

Get out and get creative! Join the JFK Arboretum team for an afternoon of flower pot painting and planting.

Who

Children 4 – 12 years, accompanied by an adult.

Bring suitable clothes.

Booking

Booking required: 051 388171

Social

@opwireland

@jfkarboretum

Website

http://www.heritageireland.ie/en/south-east/thejohnfkennedyarboretum

 

PUBLIC: Historical Tour                      Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens

Where

When

JFK Memorial Park and Arboretum

https://goo.gl/maps/3fHbzDRMqcK2

3:00 – 4:30 pm

What

Set in the beautiful seaside town of Tramore, the Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens reflect the life and extensive wanderings of Patrick Lafcadio Hearn (Koizumi Yakumo), who grew up in Ireland, and whose life journey embraced several parts of the world.

Join us on a journey of Hearn’s life, first through the Victorian Garden, then to the American and Greek gardens, until you eventually arrive in the Japanese gardens which feature many Japanese plants and Japanese architectural features. See how these gardens pay homage to the fame he attained in Japan through his incomparable literary descriptions of the people, customs and culture of that country.

Who

General public, families.

Booking

Booking required: 051 302037 or email ereade@wit.ie

Social

@LafcadioHearn1

@lafcadiohearngardens

Website

http://lafcadiohearngardens.com

 

Sunday, 27th May 2018

 

PUBLIC: Songs of Sunrise: The Dawn Chorus

Dr Liam Lysaght, National Biodiversity Data Centre

Where

When

Curraghmore House and Gardens

https://goo.gl/maps/kJXk6gc55hL2

4:00 – 6:00 am

What

Get up early to enjoy the dawn chorus while walking through the beautiful grounds of the Curraghmore Estate in Portlaw. Listen to the birds with Dr Liam Lysaght from the National Biodiversity Data Centre and learn how to identify them by their song.

This is also an opportunity to start mapping the Irish wildlife - please download this app to start recording wildlife on your walk:

http://www.biodiversityireland.ie/downloads/apps

Who

General public.

Booking

Booking required: 051 302037 or email ereade@wit.ie

Social

@BioDataCentre

@CurraghmoreE

@BioDataCentre

@CurraghmoreHouseWaterford

Website

http://www.biodiversityireland.ie

http://curraghmorehouse.ie/

 

PUBLIC: Beach Mosaic                                                         Tina Keating, Geologist

Where

When

Annestown Beach

https://goo.gl/maps/73rb43WRxiq

11:00 am – 1:30 pm

What

Create a giant Mosaic on Annestown Beach with geologist Tina Keating using all the natural materials found on the beach (different colour rock types, seaweed, shells and more). A great way to learn - about the geological history of the area, the various rock types found on the beach, the importance of keeping the beach clean and biodiversity - through a fun artistic creation.

Who

General public, families.

Bring suitable clothes.

Booking

Not required – meet at Annestown Beach.

 

FAMILY: Science on the  Farm        Copper Coast Mini Farm & Cordula Weiss, WIT

Where

When

Copper Coast Mini Farm

https://goo.gl/maps/ZiNYPtsjNrq

2:30 – 4:00 pm

What

Great way to explore science while getting up close to all the animals living on a farm. Start the afternoon with a treasure hunt at the Copper Coast Mini Farm while your parents enjoy the day in the tea rooms. You will then get the chance to present your treasures and to do some hands-on science experiments with materials you can find everywhere on a farm or in even at home in your garden.

All participants get a free family pass for the whole day.

Who

Children 8 – 12 years, accompanied by an adult.

Bring suitable clothes.

Free entry for the family only valid on Sunday, 27th May 2018.

Booking

Booking required: 051 302037 or email ereade@wit.ie

@Weiss_Cordula

@CalmastSTEMhub

Social

@CopperCoasMiniFarm

Website

http://coppercoastminifarm.ie

 

 

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