Emer Ní Dhúill
- Science, Geography
- Curriculum Strands:
- Human environments (Geography), Natural environments (Geography), Environmental awareness and care (Geography/Science), Living things (Science), Materials (Science)
- Counties catered for:
- Dublin, Kildare, Louth, Meath, Wicklow
- Classes catered for:
- All Classes
Emer’s background is in ecology and horticulture. She is very passionate about the conservation of nature. She will provide a fun and interactive day exploring and discovering the biodiversity within the school grounds. There is so much to discover, no matter how big or small the school grounds.
Her visits are practical and hands-on. With her guidance, the children will carry out a survey of the school grounds, observing and recording the different life forms. She will help the children come up with ideas of ways to improve the biodiversity within the school, which would include planting pollinator friendly plants and creating micro-habitats. As part of the day, there will be a practical activity of planting or sowing seeds, depending on the time of year.
She will also introduce the children to the wonders of plants on the microscopic level, using hand lenses to see the intricacies of the different plant parts. Her experience as an ecologist will ensure a fun day identifying plants, learning about plants and their interactions with pollinators, understanding how plants grow and understanding why we are completely dependent upon them.
The outcome of a school visit with Emer is that the children will have an understanding of biodiversity and its importance in their lives; they will be able to observe different life forms in their school grounds; they will have an understanding of why it is important to improve biodiversity in the school grounds; and they will know simple ways to increase biodiversity in their school grounds.
"Feedback very positive with a nice tone and rapour built in the workshop." - Balbriggan ETNS
- Provides practical/ hands-on activities
- Provides field trips
- Offers visits as Gaeilge