- Science, History, Geography
- Curriculum Strands:
- Story (History), Continuity and change over time (History), Natural environments (Geography), Environmental awareness and care (Geography/Science), Living things (Science), Materials (Science), Energy and forces (Science)
- Counties catered for:
- Clare, Galway, Limerick, Tipperary
- Classes catered for:
- All Classes
Veronica has a diploma in Field Ecology and co-founded Happy Out Forest School in 2017. She has been working with children in the outdoors for over ten years and still enjoys nothing more than engaging children in hands-on activities that get them excited about the natural world, awakening their curiosity and inspiring them to ask questions and look for answers.
As a passionate Forest School leader, Veronica spends much of her time beneath the trees with groups of children and sees the woodland as the optimum environment for nature connection and learning. In the absence of access to a local park or woodland, visits can take place in the school grounds where suitable. Activities can be tailored to suit different age groups and to the school’s own learning objectives.
Through a combination of nature connection games and focused activities like scavenger hunts, bug hunts, flora identification and the use of field guides, children gain a deeper understanding of the woodland/ hedgerow as a complex ecosystem that shelters and feeds a wealth of wildlife, all depending upon each other for survival – and all on their doorstep!
The use of wood and other natural materials provided by the woodland for nature art and bushcraft projects, facilitates sensory engagment with the environment and has therapeutic benefits, enhancing wellbeing and fostering a sense of achievement.
Stories and lore about our native species are part of our heritage and help to bridge the gap between present and past, highlighting the continuity between the natural landscape of today and the woodlands of ancient Ireland. Veronica enjoys weaving storytelling into her workshops as a way into the wonder and magic to be found in nature.
Veronica is happy to do one-off school visits, but highly recommends the five-visit option where possible, in order to facilitate the children’s deeper understanding and connection with the natural environment over time.
- Caters for Special Needs
- Provides practical/ hands-on activities
- Provides field trips
- Phone (Work):
- 083 827 0075
- 083 827 0075