- Science, History, Geography
- Curriculum Strands:
- Story (History), Myself and my Family (History), Human environments (Geography), Natural environments (Geography), Living things (Science)
- Counties catered for:
- Cavan, Dublin, Kildare, Leitrim, Longford, Louth, Meath, Monaghan, Westmeath
- Classes catered for:
- All Classes
Ciara Hinksman runs Forest School Ireland. She is the Founding Chair of the Irish Forest School Association and is delighted to be part of the growing Forest School movement in Ireland and around the world.
To learn more, see this 5 mins. feature on RTE goes Wild. Forest School Ireland also runs Forest After-School programmes and kids Forest School-style holiday camps. Since 2013, she has delivered OCN Level 3 Certificate Forest School Leader training in Co. Wicklow.
Ciara has been a member of the Heritage in Schools panel since 2010
In-person school visits
Activities offered include fun native species games, a choice of bug safari, clay creatures, nature crafts and wood crafts e.g. using tools like saws and drills to make wooden medals, exploring the ogham alphabet and even some wild edible foraging, all in the school grounds. All crafts made are kept by the children who make them.
"Really worthwhile, very child focused and the pace and connectedness to the forest was wonderful."
"Ciara's visit was greatly enjoyed by the children and feedback from teachers was very positive - no hesitation in booking Ciara for another visit." - Piltown NS, Kilkenny
"The children thoroughly enjoyed the visit. It was child led and made use of our natural environment. It was wonderful to see how the children interacted with their environment and with each other. Excellent" - St. Brigid's NS, Annacurra, Wicklow
"Ciara was fantastic to deal with and kids had an amazing time. It is such an amazing project to be involved with." - Loreto NS, Rathfarnham
"Fantastic visit!" - St Dominic's NS, Dublin
"Ciara was excellent. The students thoroughly enjoyed the visit. I would love for Ciara to call out to the school again. The session was so informative and I learned a lot from her visit - pedagogies, methodologies etc. Thanks Ciara." - St Anne's NS, Kildare
"Children very engaged" - Corliss NS, Cavan
"The most fabulous experience we have had in the school. The facility is amazing and Ciara was outstanding with the kids. Absolutely a pleasure to do this program. We are so grateful." - Rath NS, Laois
"Ciara's visit will stay with the children for a long time. Her wealth of materials and approach of letting them choose activities themselves really appealed to them. She had a great rapport with the groups and the children learned so much through exploration." - St Francis JNS, Dublin
"Great experience. Pupils thoroughly enjoyed." - St.Colmcille's SNS, Dublin
"Great interactive workshop children were engaged at all times" - Catherine McAuley NS, Dublin
"Excellent learning opportunities that engage the pupils really well." - Scoil Thomais, Dublin
"Ciara delivered a fantastic forest school experience. It was hands on and fun. The children were engaged throughout." - St Francis junior school, Dublin
"Great day had by all." - Catherine McAuley NS, Dublin
"Great interactive session." - Catherine McAuley NS, Dublin
- Provides in-person visits
- Provides practical/hands-on activities
- Provides field trips