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Science, Geography
Curriculum Strands:
Human environments (Geography), Natural environments (Geography), Environmental awareness and care (Geography/Science), Living things (Science), Materials (Science), Energy and forces (Science)
Counties catered for:
Cork, Waterford
Classes catered for:
All Classes

Mary is an experienced primary teacher, beekeeper, gardener, musician and wild life enthusiast. On a visit to your school Mary will engage and inspire pupils to learn about, appreciate and care for their own local environment. Mary will interact with the pupils using a number of methodologies including hands-on discovery learning, games, group work, art and craft, poetry, story- telling, creative story writing and music . Mary has an extensive range of resources to inspire children including a taxidermy collection of native animals and birds, a set of “singing” toy birds, beehives and beekeeping equipment , games and musical instruments. Mary’s workshops take place in the classroom, school grounds, school garden, in the locality and if required, further afield.

Mary has a range of topics for your school to choose from;

Native Trees in your Locality

Native Birds and Mammals in your Locality

Native Wild Flowers in the your Locality

Honeybees and the Local Environment

Composting Methods

Recycling and Reusing Materials

Rainwater Harvesting and Making Organic Plant Food.

Setting up a School Garden

Setting up a Sensory Garden

Setting up a Bee and Butterfly Garden.

Organic Vegetable Growing

Art and Craft using Natural Materials from the Local Environment.

Creative Writing, Poetry and Songs inspired by the Local Environment

Fresh Water Streams, plant and animal life

All about Soil

Science Experiments using materials from the Local Environment

All about Herbs

Making and using Natural Dyes and Inks.

Field Trips and School Tours

Mary has delivered the following Face-to-Face CPD Summer Courses for teachers;

“The School Garden” (2018) and “Using the School Garden Creatively (2019).


  • "Mary was Excellent. An extremely talented heritage expert. The children learned through discovery and hands on activity." - Curraglass NS, Cork
  • "Children had a wonderful day. Mary was very informative and the activities were very child centered." - Castlelyons NS, Cork
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  • "The children really enjoyed the session and were actively engaged throughout. They learned about composting and Mary brought in a wormery so they got to see the various layers of soil/compost in which the worms work. Mary has a great knowledge of these topics and is passionate about her work and the children got a great insight into same. They asked many questions throughout and did experiments." - Scoil Mhuire Tallow, Waterford

Additional Information

  • Caters for Special Needs
  • Provides practical/ hands-on activities
  • Provides field trips
  • Offers visits as Gaeilge

Contact Details

Phone (Work):
058 59392