Ged Dowling

Ged Dowling
Science, History, Geography
Curriculum Strands:
Story (History), Local Studies (History), Continuity and change over time (History), Human environments (Geography), Natural environments (Geography), Living things (Science)
Counties catered for:
Galway, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo
Classes catered for:
All Classes

Ged Dowling has a background in outdoor education and is involved in a variety of outdoor pursuits.  Ged and his partner Georgia share a passion for Cultural Astronomy and Night Sky heritage, they formed the Terra-Firma club for Outdoor, strength based learning.

Terra Firma’s programmes are designed to make outdoor learning desirable and accessible for all children.  Specialising in place-based learning, outdoor education, and night sky heritage - promoting fun, engagement and excitement in a natural outdoor environment.

We tailor on or off-site visits for schools with the following: outdoor education, cultural astronomy, natural and built heritage.

Our workshops/sessions can take place in a variety of environments, from the school field to local woodlands or sea-shores. Our activities can be tailored for each school visit and often include sessions on natural navigation; using nature’s signposts to help us explore not only what’s under our feet but what we can learn from the night sky above. These sessions can be turned into a multi workshop programme and run over a five week period featuring session content such as:  

 Shelter building

  • Navigation skills

  • Night Sky Stories and Science/Astronomy Activities

  • Environmental games

  • Learning Knots & Rope Skills

  • Creative Arts with Natural materials

  • Scavenger Hunts & Track identification 

  • Hot chocolate & Marshmallows


  • "Very enjoyable and informative experience for all - well presented and delivered." - newtown N.S., Roscommon
  • "Excellent Workshop with great feedback from the pupils." - Foxford N.S., Mayo

Additional Information

  • Caters for Special Needs
  • Provides practical/ hands-on activities
  • Provides field trips

Contact Details

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