- Science, Geography
- Curriculum Strands:
- Human environments (Geography), Natural environments (Geography), Environmental awareness and care (Geography/Science), Living things (Science), Energy and forces (Science)
- Counties catered for:
- Carlow, Cavan, Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Leitrim, Longford, Louth, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo, Tipperary, Waterford, Westmeath, Wexford, Wicklow
- Classes catered for:
- 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Mark runs ‘Biodiversity in Schools’, a project whose aim is to teach children all across Ireland about biodiversity and get them actively involved in Irish nature conservation.
School visits can cover a broad range of topics from birds
to bees, creepy crawlies to trees, and everything in between! Workshops blend
interactive slideshows, practical conservation crafts, fun props and outdoor
exploration and as with everything we do we aim to keep things simple, fun and
sciencey! Schools can also get involved in our annual nature conservation
initiatives, such as our Pollinator Project. For schools just starting out on their nature work we have recently launched a new workshop called the "Biodiversity
Bootcamp". All workshop info is available here.
The 'Biodiversity in Schools' website is also a fantastic tool for teachers providing extensive resources on school projects, biodiversity facts and case study inspiration (www.biodiversityinschools.com).
Mark is qualified as an Environmental Scientist (Trinity College Dublin) and has a Masters in Science Communication (Dublin City University) as well as many years experience working for a number of environmental education organisations.
"This was an excellent workshop that was fun, hands-on and educational. Mark was great with the kids and they really enjoyed it!"
"We had a wonderful and informative day. We , even teachers, learned so much today and children will really remember this day for many years. Looking forward to seeing our sunflower grow. We even discovered we had a solitary bee habitat."
"Great workshop that really engaged the children."
"Mark is an excellent facilitator. He managed my class very well, he kept their attention, he was respectful and he has a lovely calm clear manner. His explanations were clear and age appropriate. The children were completely captivated by his outdoor activities and were very excited looking for different insects. Even on sports day next day many of the class were spotting different bees and insects. A very enjoyable workshop."
"Mark was excellent at engaging and involving the class. My class spoke very highly of him following the visit."
"Very enjoyable very informative workshop."
"Mark's biodiversity workshop was excellent. His Powerpoint slides, activity sheet and outdoor activities really engaged the pupils in biodiversity."
"Thoroughly enjoyable day. The children learned an extensive but appropriate amount of information and facts. After our nature walk Mark helped the children draw a habitat map of our school grounds. Then Mark helped the children create a pollinator plan for our school." - Glanduff N.S., Roscommon
"Very good content, pace and lessons pitched very well. Mark has a very good manner with the children ."
"We had a great day! It was interesting, informative , interactive , engaging and fun. Mark pitched his presentation and activities at a level perfect for Second Class. He brought us from local to global, using the familiar context of the school garden to bring us the children to a subject that has world wide significance. We plan to share what we learned about Pollination and Pollinators with our whole school at our Science Day next month. Thank you Mark" - Cornamaddy N.S., Athlone, Westmeath
"My class thoroughly enjoyed the Biodiversity Boot-camp carried out by Mark Nolan. Every pupil was engaged and involved throughout all of his lessons and discussions. The children loved the field-trip and the opportunity to find aspects of biodiversity in our school environment. I would highly recommend Mark's workshops." - Melview N.S., Longford
"The workshop was very informative, interactive and pupil-friendly.All of the pupils listened attentively and thoroughly enjoyed actively participating in the workshop.We would highly recommend the workshop to all schools who promote biodiversity and caring for our environment, including caring for our school environment." - Dunboyne S.P.S., Meath
"Really enjoyed the visit. Mark was so knowledgeable and professional. The children and teacher learned loads! He gave us great ideas on how to improve pollination in the local environment."
"Excellent workshop to keep the children engaged....great for this time of year!" - St Brigid's, Dublin
"Mark was excellent with the pupils." - Newtown Dunleckney N.S.
"The day was very informative and hand-on. The children really enjoyed all aspects." - Ballinlough National School, Roscommon
"Very interactive. Innovative games were used to help engage the children. Good balance of oral, written and hands on work. Mark was excellent at holding their attention. He left the children with lots of idea that could be implemented easily into our school to help increase biodiversity. One of the best in-house facilitators we’ve had in school. Super course and the children and I thoroughly enjoyed it." - Loreto Junior School, Dublin
"Mark was an amazing facilitator for the 'Pollinator Project'. He visited our school from 7th-9th May. He was passionate about his content and the children responded really well to him. His content was engaging, interesting and fun." - Scoil Thomáis, Dublin
"Mark was very prepared and obviously has a great love for what he does. The children loved every aspect of the visit and learned so much in one day." - Queen of the Universe NS, Carlow
"Mark shared his knowledge on Biodiversity in a way that the children could grasp, allowing lot's of time for questions and appreciation of their feedback and ideas." - Scoil Samhthann Ballinalee, Longford
"Great visit, very useful and practical, we now have a plan that we can work on to promote biodiversity in the school." - Ballynacargy NS, Westmeath
"Mark's delivery of information along with his engagement with the pupils provided an enjoyable and worthwhile learning experience for the pupils. The pupils were delighted to explore the biodiversity in our local park and we're inspired to make great maps to further develop biodiversity in our school." - St. Oliver Plunkett NS, Blackrock
- Caters for Special Needs
- Provides practical/ hands-on activities