Carol Barrett - Heritage Experts | Heritage in Schools

Carol Barrett

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Science, History, Geography
Curriculum Strands:
Story (History), Local Studies (History), Early people and ancient societies (History), Life, society, work and culture in the past (History), Eras of change and conflict (History), Continuity and change over time (History), Human environments (Geography), Natural environments (Geography), Environmental awareness and care (Geography/Science), Living things (Science), Materials (Science), Energy and forces (Science)
Counties catered for:
Clare, Galway, Mayo, Roscommon
Classes catered for:
All Classes

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Carol has been running forest school sessions for all ages since 2015 through Down to Earth Forest School and also works on the education team in Brigit’s Garden, running environmental education workshops for schools  for the last seven years. She is a qualified forest school practitioner, special needs assistant, approved therapeutic forest practitioner, leave no trace guide and forest bathing guide. Carol is happiest in nature and her workshops bring together all her passions into one creative mix. She is passionate about traditional crafting with natural materials, foraging, singing and telling stories from Irish folklore and mythology that are related to the natural world.

Carol loves seeing the long term effects of spending time in nature and sharing curiosity, creativity and wonderment of the natural environment. Forest school can help children learn what their interests are,  grow confidence and enhance social skills though child-led play.  She introduces  tool use in each session, which helps build gross and fine motor skills, as well as confidence to make a new natural craft related to the passing seasons, thus encouraging place-based learning and nature connection.

In Carol's forest school sessions a local woodland is visited regularly over a period of time, where children can grow resilience and confidence in the natural world, though child-led play, seasonal natural crafts, tool use, stories, song and games.

Explore your local area and discover the biodiversity and wildlife that lives close to your school. Learn the folklore and customs regarding local plants and trees and collect natural materials for a craft when you return to school.

Learn how to make traditional crafts such as straw baskets, spinning wool, rush weaving and harvest knots, all using locally sources material.


  • "This is a really meaningful experience and great for outdoor education. It provides connectedness in so many ways." - Scoil Bhríde, Galway

Additional Information

  • Provides in-person visits
  • Caters for special needs
  • Provides practical/hands-on activities
  • Provides field trips

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