- Science, History, Geography
- Curriculum Strands:
- Story (History), Local Studies (History), Continuity and change over time (History), Human environments (Geography), Natural environments (Geography), Environmental awareness and care (Geography/Science), Living things (Science)
- Counties catered for:
- Classes catered for:
- All Classes
Nessa reintroduces humans to their natural habitat through colourful encounters with bugs. Her workshops, outings, surveys and art projects promote awareness of these essential and under-appreciated heroes of our natural heritage.
From the remote forests of Madagascar to the parks and ponds of Dublin, Nessa has spent 9 years studying wildlife and educating children and adults about the importance of their local flora and fauna. Her workshops introduce children to the diversity, identification and conservation needs of insects, the plants and habitats they depend on, and the services they provide.
Nessa’s visits can be tailored to the specific needs of each class. Outdoor activities range from simple bug safaris to complete site surveys using scientific field sampling techniques; from finding and naming wildflowers to creating a school pollinator garden. Stormy weather activities include microscope sessions, plant identification, wildlife garden planning competitions, photographic presentations, the history of Irish naturalists, and learning anatomy and classification of invertebrates through art.
Nessa can work with schools on achieving their Green Schools biodiversity flag and fulfilling the All Ireland Pollinator Plan. She wants to empower pupils to contribute to national nature recording schemes and to carry out real conservation actions at school and at home.
Nessa recognises the benefits of engaging with nature in your local area. Any natural or semi-natural green space, big or small, will make a great study site for recording, identifying and conserving nature and observing it with all the senses. A five-visit series can give pupils the opportunity to carry out a thorough insect survey and write up a management plan for their chosen patch.
In addition to her scientific background and conservation volunteering, Nessa is an artist and member of an intercultural choir, bringing creativity, fun, and inclusivity to her teaching methods.
"I am booking Nessa again for my class again next year!"
"The children thoroughly enjoyed their time with Nessa and learnt loads about insects. Nessa had very creative art ideas on the theme of insects."
- Caters for Special Needs
- Provides practical/ hands-on activities
- Provides field trips
- 087 777 5769