Nuala Madigan (Irish Peatland Conservation Council)
- Science, Geography
- Curriculum Strands:
- Human environments (Geography), Natural environments (Geography)
- Counties catered for:
- Clare, Donegal, Kerry, Kilkenny
- Classes catered for:
- All Classes
Nuala is the Environmental Education Officer with the Irish Peatland Conservation Council and offers the children an opportunity to learn about their local, natural environments through fun and active learning.
School visits (virtual)
Topic: Wet and Wild Bogs of Ireland
Classes: Junior infants to 6th class
Materials: Photocopied resources (all); colouring pencils/crayons (juniors); scissors, glue stick and paperclip (seniors)
Session 1 (pre-recorded, 15 mins)
This workshop will guide you through an introduction to the bogs of Ireland. Themes explored within the presentation include types of bogs in Ireland, location of bogs in Ireland, their formation, values of Irish peatlands, a selection of bogland plants and animals and the archaeology associated with Irish bogs. For senior classes a hands on activity to make a bog plant identification dial and a follow up quiz are provided. While for the junior classes a bogland plant match game and bogland landscape colouring sheet are provided.
Session 2 (live, up to 60 mins)
The follow-up live session to discuss peatlands further through questions & answers.
Worksheets & teacher's notes:
Resources will be provided for students to complete during the presentation as well as a follow up activity to complete following the pre-recorded session.
Further activities and links to the curriculum can be found in Discovering the Wild Boglands Primary Education Packs available on http://www.ipcc.ie/discover-and-learn/resources/ . Four packs are available including Junior & Senior Infants, 1st and 2nd class, 3rd and 4th class and 5th and 6th class.
School visits (on-site)
Nuala's visits include practical, hands-on activities such as undertaking a bogland study, making a bog in a bottle, bog plant identification through making bog plant dials, bog pool invertebrate identification and the treasures of the bog. Programmes can be altered to suit the requirements of the class. She also likes to take the pupils on a field-trip to a local bogland or local natural habitat so that the children can experience these unique places first hand.
"A wonderful learning opportunity for children but also teachers. It significantly enhanced our knowledge and practice."
"Nuala is fantastic. We look forward to her visit every year. She engages the children in all the activities for their age group. It's very hands-on and the children love it and learn a lot from her. We can see progression up through the school."
"Very hands-on and brought excellent resources from the bogland and explained its formation and habitat species at an interesting level throughout whole sessions."
"The children and teachers always look forward to Nuala's visits. She is enthusiastic, passionate, very well prepared and an expert in her field. Her interaction with children and staff is fantastic."
"Nuala brings a wonderful world to our pupils. They are so enthralled by her and responsive. Outdoors and indoors and water invertebrates in nature and a basin, Nuala brings them to life and the children are so excited."
"Nuala prepared activities with the children which were very active and engaging, she was very knowledgeable on the topic. The children absolutely loved the variety of activities both in class and on our field trip to the river they and learn so much." - Scoil Bhride Athagarvan
"Fantastic day with Nuala as usual." - Scoil Cianog Naofa, Timahoe
"Nuala is worth her weight in gold. She had everyone interested, kids and adults as we are a home ed. group so parents were there too." - Home Education Network, Laois
"Nuala was incredible. A natural with the children and had them engaged throughout with interesting presentations and activities. Thank you!"
"This was an excellent day, the children were engaged in hands on activities throughout the day. Nuala was excellent with her classroom management and extremely knowledgeable on the topic of the river. She had excellent resources with her. We all thoroughly enjoyed our day. Thank you!" - Scoil Bhride Athgarvan, Kildare
- Caters for Special Needs
- Provides practical/ hands-on activities
- Provides field trips