- Science, History, Geography
- Curriculum Strands:
- Story (History), Local Studies (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:
- Galway, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo
- Classes catered for:
- All Classes
With a background in Outdoor Education and a passion for Cultural Astronomy and Night Sky Heritage, Georgia MacMillan and partner Ged Dowling co-founded the Terra Firma Club for Outdoor Learning.
Since 2013, Georgia has been studying the benefits of protecting our night sky heritage through learning and awarness and is responsible for the Mayo Dark Sky Park accreditation.
Georgia delivers outdoor learning workshops and programmes that encourage learning about cultural astronomy as well as our natural and built heritage. Activities are designed to reconnect children with our natural and night heritage through activities that complement the SESE Curriculum.
Terra Firma Club
Our programmes are designed to make outdoor activity available, accessible and desirable 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 introduce children to new and interesting aspects of nature, as well as learning about wildlife after dark with our Dark Sky Rangers and Cultural Astronomy programme.
As most of the school term takes place during the winter/spring season and the darker evenings are upon us, it is sometimes easy to forget that wildlife is still all around us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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. Workshops may take place on school grounds or field visits to forest woodlands or coastal shorelines
Our visits blend the history of navigation and science of astronomy into fun activities covering curriculum and programme themes including:
Dark Sky Rangers – practical activities using sensory learning and observation to develop night vision, track nocturnal wildlife and encourage less screen time.
Night Sky Safari and Stargazing Sesssions – Learn how to map the sky, using art to create and name a constellation and tell mythical stories of the sky
Leave No Trace Awareness Courses – learn the principles of Leave No Trace in fun activities
Navigation and Orienteering Courses – place based learning using nature for natural navigation as well as technical compass skills and map making.
"Interesting and informative experience." - Newtown N.S., Roscommon
"Excellent workshop with great feedback from the pupils" - Foxford N.S., Mayo
- Caters for Special Needs
- Provides practical/ hands-on activities
- Provides field trips