Áine Ní Fhlatharta
- Science, History, Geography
- Curriculum Strands:
- Continuity and change over time (History), Natural environments (Geography), Living things (Science)
- Counties catered for:
- Clare, Galway, Limerick, Tipperary
- Classes catered for:
- All Classes
Áine has been teaching about biodiversity and nature education for many years, she is the Education Co-ordinator with the Irish Seed Savers Association and she is a qualified field ecologist, Forest School Leader, organic horticulturist and she has a MSc in Biodiversity and Land Use. Áine is one of the authors of The Year Round Organic School Garden a gardening and nature resource for schools and she is passionate about biodiversity and encouraging children and teachers to engage with nature.
Virtual school visits
Classes: 3rd to 6th
Materials: Camera, identification sheets, Flower-Insect Timed Count (FIT) recording sheets (provided by tutor), clipboards, pencils.
Session 1 (pre-recorded, 15 mins):
The children will be introduced to common pollinator species, important wild flowers and why plants produce seed and food. The class teacher will be provided with advice/guidelines on how to carry out a practical Flower-Insect Timed Count (FIT Count) to encourage citizen science actions.
Session 2 (live, up to 1 hour)
In the live visit Áine will give advice on how to carry out practical outdoor sessions in the school grounds with advice on how to carry out a citizen science survey and how to begin seed saving in a school garden and at home - from food crops and wild plants. Áine will introduce simple actions to encourages pollinators into the school garden/grounds. The live session will include a quiz and a question & answer session.
Worksheets & teacher's notes:
Teacher's will be guided on how to carry out two practical actions
- A simple citizen science pollinator survey in the school grounds - that takes 10 minutes once a week.
- How to begin saving seeds in their school garden - and why saving seeds is important for biodiversity and conserving food heritage.
In-person school visits
Áine will help the school plan, assess and develop a heritage school garden using a biodiversity wish list of projects that can be implemented over time: heritage vegetables, herb, flower and fruit beds; native hedgerows; a small woodland; a heritage orchard; pond; beneficial pollinator habitats and actions; native wild flower grassland/meadow, native wild plant and seed nursery/bank; polytunnel; and composting.
Using outdoor nature activities to engage the students with their outdoor environment and to identify the existing nature on their doorstep.
Using practical outdoor ecology methods and nature actions for biodiversity, Áine and the children will assess the school grounds with the aim to establish a wider biodiversity plan for the outdoor school environment. She will help them identify existing beneficial features and identify native plants and suitable areas in the school grounds for the development of practical biodiversity projects.
Áine will introduce the group to simple actions a school can carry out to support the year round pollinator’s needs – nesting, foraging, larval host plants, and hibernation, shelter and flight paths and establishing a safe pesticide free environment. This workshop will include assessing the school grounds with the children to establish a year round pollinator plan.
An introduction to Ireland’s precious pollinator species, why they are in decline, how to support their needs in a school environment and a look at the link between the loss of semi-natural grassland habitats and the decline of pollinator species.
"Excellent workshop which was very relevant to our Green Schools Biodiversity theme. Thank you!" - St.Laurence's NS, Kildare
"We thoroughly enjoyed our virtual school visit with Áine. It was really well organised and Áine was fantastic with the children." - Mid West School for the Deaf, Limerick
"It was a great experience and the children were very engaged" - Scoil Mochaomhog Naofa, Tipperary
"The children had a very enjoyable visit and learned a lot about their local, immediate environment through nature walks and plant identification."
"Fabulous experience for both students and teachers. Will be booking Aine to return to our school on an annual basis."
"Fantastic visit, pupils really enjoyed it." - Scariff NS, Clare
"We had a wonderful day and received lots of good advise about high end pollinators for our school grounds and surrounding areas." - Kiltiernan NS, Galway
"Aine, was extremely informative the session led to huge appreciation from the children on the knowledge that Aine had on pollinators." - Bodyke NS, Clare
"We really enjoyed this workshop. Aine was very informative. The pupils enjoyed working outdoors exploring their school's environment and learning about biodiversity and pollination." - Scoil Bhrige agus Bhreandáin Naofa, Galway
"The children really enjoyed Áine's visit, the content was interesting and engaging and her Irish was wonderful. I am so pleased she was able to visit our school. We really enjoyed her visit." - Scoil Fhursa, Galway
"Aine’s workshop was hugely beneficial for the children. The workshop gave them a great understanding of biodiversity and our native wildlife and pollinators! They planned more projects they can implement over time too. Fantastic workshop!" - Scoil Cholmcille Clouna, Clare
"We have Aine in the school before and are very happy with her." - O'Callaghans Mills NS, Clare
"Excellent visit with a well organised and appropriate pitch of content and excellent and interesting delivery of content." - St. Joseph's NS, Galway
"Fantastic opportunity for the children to learn from a specialist in the area of biodiversity and heritage. Áine is very knowledgeable in her field of expertise and relays the information to the children in a very child friendly, practical and relatable way. She is very inclusive in her approach and has a lovely child centred approach to engaging with the children of all ages. I would highly recommend her visits." - Scoil Cholmcille Clouna, Clare
- Provides in-person visits
- Provides virtual visits
- Caters for special needs
- Provides practical/hands-on activities
- Provides field trips
- Visits as Gaeilge
- 087 1626760