Ian McGrigor

Ian  Mc Grigor
Id Chart By Pupil
School Biodiversity Plan
School Wildlife Audit And Identification
Subject(s):
Science, History, Geography
Curriculum Strands:
Continuity and change over time (History), Natural environments (Geography), Living things (Science)
Counties catered for:
Kerry
Classes catered for:
All Classes

Cathy, Ian and Niamh run Kerry Earth Education Project (KEEP) in Co. Kerry. They aim to bring practical, environmental and heritage education into schools through organic and wildlife gardening. Initially, they work with the children in carrying out an assessment of the school grounds and drawing up an organic school garden map or environmental school plan. The plan can incorporate trees, hedgerows, heritage vegetables, herbs, willow, flowers, wildflower meadows, wildlife areas, composting areas, ponds and bogs. This transforms the school grounds into an educational resource, linked to habitat studies and nature trails, amongst other curricular aspects.

Groups can also visit Gortbrack Organic Farm to experience a biodiverse nature trail, see organic growing in action and develop ideas for their own school grounds. A visit is usually be conducted by two of the experts and will cost the school the equivalent of two visits.

Testimonials

  • "Fantastic trip. Well prepared. Great rural set-up. Kids loved splashing around in muddy puddles in their wellies, catching tadpoles, frogs, newts, beetles in pond and eating plants."
  • "Ian was weell prepared and very organized."
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  • "Appreciate the help, advice and support of Ian with our Organic Gardens Projects."
  • "Excellent service and offers great advice and support to the school."
  • "We had a really enjoyable & educational visit with Ian. He gave a general talk about Biodiversity to 240 4th & 5th class students. He then facilitated an Audit of the school grounds and ran a session helping us plan the school grounds to maximise Biodiversity & habitat opportunities for wildlife. He then gave a very interesting presentation to 120 6th class students about the importance of native woodlands in advance of our preparation to begin a woodland project in the school. All of the students and adults involved gave very positive feedback." - Lusk SNS, Dublin
  • "The children had an amazing few days & are very proud of their work." - Lusk NS, Dublin

Additional Information

  • Caters for Special Needs
  • Provides practical/ hands-on activities
  • Provides field trips
  • Offers visits as Gaeilge

Contact Details

Phone (Work):
066 713 7042
Mobile:
087 924 6968
Email:
gortbrackorg@gmail.com

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