Michele Castiaux

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Science, Geography
Curriculum Strands:
Natural environments (Geography), Environmental awareness and care (Geography/Science)
Counties catered for:
Carlow, Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Offaly, Tipperary
Classes catered for:
All Classes

Michèle is a Belgian Geologist and Environmental Scientist (MSc.) based in Portlaoise.  She has been working as a Heritage Specialist for the Heritage in Schools Scheme for over 10 years. She is an active Committee Member of the Irish Geological Association.

She provides a number of workshops which include hands-on activities but is also happy to tailor workshops to the teacher’s needs.

  • Environmental Education linked to Heritage:

  1. Biodiversity around the school and further afield.

  2. Pollinators (bees, bumblebees, their roles, their habitats, school pollinator plan, ...).

  3. Local watercourses survey (including historical maps survey where available): where do local watercourses lead to? What are they carrying?

  4. Where does my water come from: link between local bedrock, local soils, groundwater, surface water and your tap water.

  • Geology:

  1. Basic rock Identification: Irish rock samples to handle; local walls/outcrops survey if available.

  2. Basic geology and fossils: learn about fossils while making your own; local walls/outcrops survey if available.

  • Maps and Compass:

  1. Biodiversity and mapping skills, use of compass (outdoors).

  2. Geology and mapping skills, use of compass (outdoors).

  3. How to read local maps (scale, symbols, North), compare with historical maps (indoors or outdoors).

  • Geology and Nature Walk: locally or in Glenbarrow, Slieve Bloom Mountains.


  • "Children loved the plant and insect identification fans."
  • "A brilliant half day in the Botanic Gardens. Michelle was really well prepared, brought interesting rocks and fossils with her and was a great source of knowledge while walking around the gardens. Interacted very well with the children. Delighted with the day."
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  • "A really enjoyable experience, well planned by Michele and at a level suitable for the group."
  • "Fantastic rapport established and most constructive and informative interaction with children. Child friendly mix of in classroom, outdoor, artwork etc Very engaging and lessons pitched at exactly the right level for each class."
  • "This was a thoroughly enjoyable and educational visit. Both the children and teachers got a lot from the sessions and are going to build on the interest sparked."

Additional Information

  • Caters for Special Needs
  • Provides practical/ hands-on activities
  • Provides field trips

Contact Details

Phone (Home):
057 8678950
087 6968600

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