Dale Treadwell - Heritage Experts | Heritage in Schools

Dale Treadwell

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Science, Geography
Curriculum Strands:
Natural environments (Geography), Living things (Science)
Counties catered for:
Carlow, Cavan, Clare, Cork, Donegal, Down, Dublin, Galway, Kerry, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Leitrim, Limerick, Longford, Louth, Mayo, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo, Tipperary, Tyrone, Waterford, Westmeath, Wexford, Wicklow
Classes catered for:
All Classes

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Dale is well known on the Scheme for his boundless enthusiasm for all things in the world of nature. Dales visits introduce the children to the 5 Bs of Biodiversity: bugs; butterflies; bees; bats and birds through interactive, fun and hands-on activities. Dale also undertakes the Pollinator Project with the children, with Dale providing plants and assisting the children in the creation of their very own garden for butterflies and bees. Dale has worked with the Australian National Parks and Wildlife Service and presented on childrens television in Ireland for 10 years. He is also the designer of two Bloom childrens garden features entitled - Muck and Magic and Gondwanaland Dinosaurs. Dale is the author of Harry the Hedgehog will you be my friend? and Robby the Christmas Robin.

Dinosaurs are always a favourite topic and this year Dale will bring them to life in your own classroom.

Dale is the author of a series of children’s wildlife books and as part of any presentation will launch into engaging renditions of these and other prose to link subjects and engage different age groupings. Presentations are mixed with practical games such as foodwebs, bats, moths, etc.

Dale designed and built two children’s gardens at Bloom and wishes to encourage schools to create their own wildlife havens with the school grounds. Plants are provided free of charge and areas within the school grounds cultivated with hands on practical activities to encourage participation in creating habitat both planted built for native pollinators.

School grounds and surrounding areas are utilized for minibeast safaris and insect in tree activities using bug viewers and microscopes etc.

Dale’s work before coming to Ireland was in rainforest restoration and one of his early Irish roles was as a Millenium Urban Forestry Officer. Trees are a lifelong passion and Dale can help identify trees in the school garden. He delights in teaching children how to use identification keys and has his own tree nursery so can provide trees free of charge for school plantings.

A walk in the woods or a day pond dipping the bog or a local canal are a specialty and an adventure when guided by Dale, with a mix of his activities, story telling and easy to learn identification skills.

Dale can take pupils on a journey back in time to learn about Dinosaurs and other cretaceous creatures, with life-like puppets and really cool fossils to touch and feel!!!

Dale and Nathan show demonstrate how to construct a solitary bee hotel from materials you'll find at home.


  • "Dale's programme for each class grouping was excellent and he had great rapport with the children."
  • "Dale has a lovely way with the pupils. They really enjoyed the visit and the many of the activities he did with them. Thank you!"
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  • "This was a very worthwhile visit. Dale interacted well with all children and reinforced the work we are doing on Biodiversity. He took the time to plan a different activity for the Special Class for Autism. Thank you to Dale!"
  • "We really enjoyed the visit and found Dale to be able to engage with the pupils at an appropriate level."
  • "Heritage in Schools Scheme is a wonderful initiative. Dale put a lot of effort into his presentations and huge energy into their delivery."
  • "We were so delighted to have Dale back with us at St. Mary's. The children loved working with him and he shared his interest and knowledge of biodiversity and trees with them in such a child friendly and interactive manner."
  • "Dale delivered a fantastic presentation on dinosaurs. The dinosaur puppets were very engaging, as was the slideshow. Dale interacts brilliantly with the children."
  • "Children thoroughly enjoy working with Dale. They love the walk in the woods and the story went down a treat with the smaller ones."
  • "Very well facilitated day. We had visitors from two schools from Northern Ireland as part of Shared Education project."
  • "Its always a pleasure working with Dale."
  • "Dale was a true professional but his engagement with the children was truly wonderful as was his ability to include all children including those with Special Educational Needs. His ability to engage the children in active learning and discovery is remarkable and the children were so keen to learn, to participate and to discover more and more with Dale's leadership, fun, animation and guidance. The ideas and topics were gauged appropriately for the children in my class and they thoroughly enjoyed the visit. It was so much fun and so informative. A real treat!"
  • "Children really enjoyed Dale's visit!"
  • "This visit was the most AMAZING visit the children have had! Even after a busy long St Patrick's day weekend the children are still talking about Dale and his visit. He was so great. He pitched his talks at different levels for each multi-grade classroom. He had an immediate rapport with all the children. We all enjoyed his visit. Absolutely fantastic!" - St. John's N.S., Longford
  • "Really nice guy, great with the children. Very knowledgeable and helpful." - Portlaoise Educate Together NS
  • "Dale had a great day planned for the children, packed with lots of hands on activities. Children in all classes enjoyed the experience." - Scoil Mhuire, Westmeath
  • "Brilliant. Pupils loved it!" - St. Mary's, Westmeath
  • "Dale had great energy and enthusiasm. It would have been great to be able to go into more detail with the children but it was a quick visit to each class. He filled them with interest in the topic and engaged in a wide range of activities with the children over a short time frame. We gave 35-45 minute slots to each group." - Ballinabranna NS, Carlow
  • "We were delighted with Dale Treadwell's visit to the school. The children were very engaged with his presentation and thoroughly enjoyed learning about the importance of Biodiversity, the bumblebees and planting plants to encourage butterflies into the garden. He gave us great guidance and ideas for setting up our new sensory garden." - St Angela's NS, Mayo
  • "This visit was the most AMAZING visit the children have had! Even after a busy long St Patricks day weekend the children are still talking about Dale and his visit. He was so great. He pitched his talks at different levels for each multi-grade classroom. He had an immediate rapport with all the children. We all enjoyed his visit. Absolutely fantastic!!" - St. John's NS, Longford
  • "Highly entertaining and informative" - Anon.
  • "We find Dale engages very well with the children." - Anon.
  • "A wonderful facilitator, great rapport with children" - St. Peter's NS, Louth
  • "Would definitely get Dale again. Brilliant!" - Lenamore NS, Longford
  • "Dale arrived on time and spent the whole day working with the different classes. He communicated with the pupils at their level and his workshops were enjoyed by all. They loved the games he played with them in the school yard." - Scoil Naithí, Dublin
  • "Dale was very well organised. He worded with our ASD classes and was very engaging. He has fantastic knowledge in his field of expertise. Great feedback for teachers and pupils." - St. Peter Apostle SNS, Dublin
  • "Dale is always professional and great fun, super visit." - Castlepark NS, Dublin
  • "Our pupils were thrilled with the visit .Our teachers gave excellent feedback .Thank you..." - St Thomas SNS, Dublin
  • "Kids loved it. The activities were short and snappy to keep their attention." - St Laurences NS, Wicklow
  • "It was a real treat to have Dale back to visit us again. He made wonderful use of our outdoor classroom and the children thoroughly enjoyed the stories, interactions and subject areas covered. Thanks so much for providing us with a wonderful learning experience Dale." - St.Mary's NS, Athlone
  • "A great experience for the pupils!" - Scoil Mhuire, Abbeyside, Waterford
  • "Great Visit with Dale today in our school Garden. Looking forward to the next visit!" - St Dympna's NS, Westmeath
  • "Dale was very accommodating. We have a school of nearly 600 pupils. He attended for 3 days and had a session for 30-40 minutes with each class/class level which included pupils from our Sonas classes (special class) across those three days. The children found him engaging, interesting and he had the same level of energy for each group. They loved his story about Robbie Robin. It was a huge success as the weather was dry it was all held safely outdoors. Well done Dale, we will have you back again in the future." - Scoil Bhríde NS, Offaly
  • "Dale was excellent throughout the school! He really captivated his audiences, whilst imparting key information to all. We enjoyed studies about the hedgehog, robin and bats, along with the insect investigations and games. The variety of teaching methodologies in each lesson was excellent! He fitted so much into each lesson!" - Kilcummin NS, Kerry
  • "Thanks for Dale for an excellent Dino Day at Kilcummin NS. The use of multiple teaching methodologies, excellent resources and perfectly pitched lessons ensured that Dale had the full attention of everyone! A fantastic day- thank you!" - Kilcummin NS, Kerry
  • "Incredible sessions and we will prioritize facilitating more visits in the immediate future. Dale has such an incredible, vast array of knowledge and his ability to communicate with the classes is terrific. An absolute gentleman and leaves the school in a better place than when he arrives. Thanks Dale" - St Ciarán's NS, Meath
  • "We had a ball & learned lots. He was fab...the children loved him! So engaging. So glad our class had the experience, thanks a million." - Queen of the Universe NS, Carlow
  • "The children and the teachers really enjoyed Dale's visit. They were so happy to have a visitor to the school and take part in an outdoor workshop. Dale was brilliant with the children and they learnt so much about Biodiversity. We recently were awarded our Biodiversity Green Flag so the children are very passionate about the subject and were delighted to question Dale about his area of expertise." - St. Francis of Assisi PS, Dublin
  • "We are so grateful for the work and support Dale give us through the marvellous Heritage scheme. He is an excellent educator and great friend/ supporter of our school. He has an amazing connection with our children who have moderate to severe learning needs. They love when he visits so much! Brings magic to the school!" - St Marys Special school, Meath
  • "Dale Treadwell is always a so enthusiastic and a feast of information." - Holy Spirit Senior Primary, Dublin
  • "Excellent workshop for all ages." - Rathmichael NS, Dublin
  • "Children really enjoyed the visit and Dale had a lovely rapport with the pupils. He introduced them to many interesting ideas and was certainly a great option for a Heritage Specialist." - Sylane NS, Galway
  • "Dale was a vibrant storyteller with lots of creative ideas and enthusiasm. The children were engaged and enthralled the whole time. He had supportive ideas for me as a teacher as well." - Gorey Central School, Wexford
  • "Dale brings great enthusiasm to the classroom with his knowledge and passion." - Newtown Dunleckney NS, Carlow
  • "The pupils and teachers loved Dale's visit. There were games, hands on activities examining mini beasts, stories and videos. Dale was very engaging and delivered the sessions enthusiastically." - St Francis JNS, Dublin

Additional Information

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

Contact Details

087 977 8803