Auriel Robinson

Auriel Robinson
Subject(s):
Science, History, Geography
Curriculum Strands:
Story (History), Local Studies (History), Early people and ancient societies (History), Life, society, work and culture in the past (History), Eras of change and conflict (History), Politics, conflict and society (History), Continuity and change over time (History), Human environments (Geography), Natural environments (Geography), Environmental awareness and care (Geography/Science), Living things (Science), Materials (Science), Energy and forces (Science)
Counties catered for:
Donegal, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo
Classes catered for:
All Classes

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Auriel grew up in Co. Meath on a farm and was introduced to sailing from a very young age which made her passionate about nature, the outdoors and the sea. Her BA was in archaeology and geography and MA in maritime archaeology. After some years working in commercial archaeology in the private sector, she worked for 12 years in a very responsible role as Archaeologist for the National Monuments Service.

In 2013, she set up Seatrails in Co. Sligo. She offers guided walking, hiking and horse riding tours in coastal and mountainous areas highlighting important ancient sites and places to visitors and the varied environments and wild habitats of Co. Sligo. She includes prehistoric tombs, early monasteries, castles, abbeys, shell middens, mythology, local history, fossils and biodiversity on her trails.

Auriel loves working with children, allowing them to open their eyes while outdoors, and encourages them to think about the importance of the natural and built heritage that surrounds them. She teaches about the marine/coastal environment, its vulnerability, what lives within it, and how to protect it. She works alongside the policies and principles of ‘Leave No Trace’ and ‘Cleans Coasts Organisation’ in her business. She believes in life-long learning.

In-person school visits

These sessions can be adapted so suit different age groups and will typically include an introduction to the area, its history, geology and ecology, followed by a guided walk through a coastal zone. Seaweeds, fossils, shells, debris, insects, butterflies, wild flora and birds/fauna are all highlighted and explained. Ways to keep the coastal zone rubbish free are introduced and a beach clean can also be incorporated into the field trip if requested.

Any historical/archaeological remains that exit on the route are explained. The students learn about the tides, currents, waves, erosion, sand dunes, beaches, spits, lagoons, etc., as well as safety precautions on shore.

*Question and Answer sheets and games/quizzes will be included.

These sessions can be adapted so suit different age groups and are carried out at sites chosen by Auriel in Co. Sligo (e.g. an Abbey or Megalithic tomb/s) or at a local site of the schools’ choice within their own area. Auriel provides an introduction to the area and its local history and environment. She will then lead a guided walk around the site/sites and have questionnaires for the students to fill in on things she points out along the way. The students will be immersed into the past, opening their imagination to life there long ago. They will also learn about historic fabric (stone or other building material), topography, archaeology, excavation techniques plus the value of the site to tourism and to the general visitor and ways of how we can protect and preserve these sites going forward.

*Question and Answer sheets and games/quizzes will be included.

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Testimonials

  • "We were delighted with Auriel's visit. She brought the children on a heritage trip to Roscommon Castle and facilitated a biodiversity workshop on Loughnennane Park having presented a workshop on Marine Habitats in the school. She was very well prepared, brought plenty of samples of fossils and seaweed and engaged really well with the children. It was a really memorable day."
  • "Children got to experience a completely new subject of Marine archaeology. Using the hook of wrecks off our shores Auriel captured the imagination of every pupil in the class. Great links back to Rathcroghan and Knocknarea."
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  • "Auriel was a pleasure to deal with. Her lessons were well planned and structured and offered a variety of experiences for the children who thoroughly enjoyed the visit." - St John's, Sligo
  • "Field trip to the beach was excellent. It was very well planned out and action packed. The children gained a lot of insight into The Spanish Armada, the area surrounding Streedagh Beach, geological features associated with the sea, fossils, seaweed identification and use, flower and insects found near the sea and wedge tomb identification and features." - St. Patrick's NS
  • "Auriel Robinson is an excellent facilitator. The children learned a lot and engaged fully with the workshops presented, enjoyed learning and working with her." - Ballyleague NS, Roscommon
  • "This was a very worthwhile visit. The children enjoyed it very much and we would like another visit from this specialist." - St. Francis' NS, Donegal

Additional Information

  • Provides in-person visits
  • Provides practical/ hands-on activities
  • Provides field trips

Contact Details

Mobile:
087 2405071
Email:
sligoseatrails@gmail.com
Website:
seatrails.ie