Paula Farrell (Irish Peatland Conservation Council)

Paula Farrell
Science, Geography
Curriculum Strands:
Natural environments (Geography), Environmental awareness and care (Geography/Science), Living things (Science)
Counties catered for:
Clare, Donegal, Kerry, Kilkenny
Classes catered for:
All Classes

Book a Virtual Visit

Paula Farrell is the Campaign Officer for the Irish Peatland Conservation Council and provides children with the prospect of learning about their local environment with the opportunity to virtually explore the peatland bogs of Ireland.

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 . 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)

An important approach to teaching is through hands on learning with activities such as bog in a bottle where Paula goes through bog formation, bog plant identification and pond dipping to identify bog mini beasties that live within freshwater habitats. Children also explore the bog as a living history book uncovering items found beneath the bog surface.

Programmes are flexible and can be changed to suit specific requirements if needed.


  • "This was a thoroughly enjoyable educational experience for all." - Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál, Kerry
  • "Super! Kids really loved it!" - Raheen NS, Kerry
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  • "Paula was excellent. The children really enjoyed the zoom call and found it very interesting. I would highly recommend this workshop." - Anon.
  • "Excellent virtual workshop. The children really enjoyed learning about the two types of bogs in Ireland. Paula gave a great insight into the flora and fauna found in the bogland habitat." - Anon.
  • "Paula was brilliant with the children. My pupils loved talking to her and she appreciated their work and they felt great. Thank you." - Scoil Naomh Eirc, Kerry
  • "Excellent resources and videos for kids to do beforehand. The online session was very interactive and both pupils and teachers really enjoyed it." - Lyreacrompane NS, Kerry
  • "Paula was brilliant with the children. My pupils loved talking to her and she appreciated their work and they felt great. Thank you." - Scoil Naomh Eirc, Kerry

Additional Information

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

Contact Details

Phone (Work):
045 860133