- 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, Sligo
- Classes catered for:
- All Classes
Auriel grew up with a thorough appreciation for nature and the outdoors. She studied and worked as an archaeologist for many years and specialised in maritime archaeology. She worked Ireland-wide in both private and public-sector archaeology. She is proud of Irish heritage and has worked passionately and professionally in this line of work.
In 2013, she set up and currently runs her own business in Sligo called Seatrails. Here, she takes people out walking in coastal and mountainous areas which are steeped in historical and archaeological heritage and natural biodiversity and she explains the surroundings in a fun, immersive and educational way.
On her guided walks, Auriel focuses on the built and natural heritage such as ancient monuments including prehistoric tomb sites, early monasteries, abbeys, shell middens, and mythology, local history, plus fossils, wild flora (coastal and inland) and insects.
Auriel loves working with children, allowing them to open their eyes while outdoors and think about the importance of natural and built heritage that surrounds them. She also works in preserving and protecting the marine environment and carries out (voluntarily) beach cleans from time to time. She works alongside the policies and principles of ‘Leave No Trace’ and ‘Cleans Coasts Organisation’ in her business. She encourages young people to get involved and believes in life-long learning, starting at the beginning. She teaches all age groups and loves to deliver educational talks/classes on various subjects relating to archaeology and maritime history.
"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."
"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
- Provides practical/ hands-on activities
- Provides field trips
- 087 2405071