Teachers' Resources

Teach your pupils how to build a giant nest, create a butterfly garden or make their own family tree!

The resources provided here have been submitted by Heritage Experts, teachers or prepared by other educational organisations. The resources are both fun and educational and are designed to inspire and develop an appreciation and curiosity about Ireland’s wonderful natural and cultural heritage.

Resources can be searched for under the following categories:

Harry the Hedgehog ... will you be my friend?

This is the first tale from Dale Treadwell about Harry the Hedgehog as he goes in search of a friend. Join him on his journey!

Hard copies they can be obtained through Naturally Wild at €5 each or €8 for two plus postage. 

Explorers planning guide for primary school teachers: ocean literacy and engagement

A planning guide from the Marine Institute for primary school teachers on ocean literacy and engagement - oceans facts, evaluation tools and ideas for the classroom.

The Explorers Education Programme™ aims to build on Ireland’s marine and maritime heritage by increasing awareness of the value, opportunities and social benefits of our ocean wealth and identity. This ocean literacy and engagement guide provides ocean facts, evaluation tools and ideas for the classroom.


Empowering Teachers and Pupils for a Better Life through Nature

Empowering Teachers and Pupils for a Better Life through Nature - some useful resources for pre-school and primary school teachers.

Last July BirdWatch Ireland hosted 60 preschool and primary school teachers for an environmental education training course as part of the Empowering Teachers and Pupils for a Better Life through Nature project, funded under the European Commission’s Erasmus+ programme. These lectures and training sessions were filmed and are available to down load free of charge.

Heritage Council Child Protection Policy

The Heritage Council’s Child Protection Policy Document deals with the recognition, reporting and management of child safety concerns and will assist anyone working on behalf of The Heritage Council in having due regard for the rights and interests of children.

Eco Rangers - discover nature and biodiversity

It’s time to get out of the classroom with the Eco Ranger’s school programme and use active learning with your pupils to discover, learn and connect with nature. Once you’ve registered for Eco Ranger’s offline and have received your confirmation, you can go ahead and register here on the website https://www.ecorangers.ie/.

Nature and biodiversity is something that Bord na Móna is investing in as part of our day to day work. This is why Bord na Móna created Eco Rangers- Guardians of the Land an initiative for schools that gets children outdoors and connecting with nature and learning about the importance of protecting it. See more at https://www.ecorangers.ie/.

Sir Walter Raleigh's Treasure Trail and Activity Booklet

Sir Walter Raleigh's Treasure Trail

Highlights of things to see and do in Youghal’s Raleigh Quarter. Download brochure for detail on wonderful sights and unique history.



Water Explorer

What is Water Explorer?
Water Explorer is a fun, inspiring and educational programme that empowers thousands of students across the world to lead joint action on water issues for their schools and communities. Water Explorer is fully funded and supported in 11 countries and is free to all schools and groups taking part. Top Water Explorer teams could earn the chance to represent their country at the Water Explorer International celebration event in London. 

What do Water Explorers achieve? Water Explorer supports 8 -14 year olds on a student-led mission to rescue our waterful world. Water Explorers are supported to:

  • Complete water-based challenges on key water issues
  • Collaborate with other students across the world
  • Hold community water festivals and win points and prizes
  • Develop a range of transferable knowledge and skills

What impact will Water Explorer have? By the end of the two-year programme (Sep 2016), the programme will have resulted in the following (among other) benefits:

  • 1,400 Water Explorer teams
  • 9,000 Water Explorers trained
  • 90,000 students with increased water awareness
  • 475,000 students and community members engaged
  • 240,000 m3 water saved = 95 Olympic swimming pools

Learn about Bats with Bat Conservation Ireland

Bat Conservation Ireland has created a fabulous new website for Irish primary schools including Irish bat fact pages with associated worksheets, pages about art and craft activities, a bat presentation that teachers can download for use in the classroom and lots of things to do for Halloween!

Illustrations have been provided by children's author and illustrator Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick.

The website reviewed by primary school teachers.

Carlow Town Identity 2017

In August 2017 we came to stay in Carlow for a week. We occupied a shop in the Potato Market and invited people to come in and share their memories, hopes and ideas for Carlow town. We did this in order to articulate a sense of place for Carlow. We acted as impartial listeners; collecting material, while offering perspectives in co-creating a joint future.

All-Ireland Pollinator Plan - Junior version

How Can Schools Help Pollinators?

In 2015 bee experts in Ireland came together to produce the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2015-2020. We did this because our pollinators, especially our bees, are in big trouble. We need bees to grow our fruit and veg, and to make sure our countryside has lots of beautiful wildflowers. Now we need your help to make Ireland a better place for bees and other pollinators. We need you to tell everyone how important bees are. We also need you to make your school and garden a safe place for bees to live.

Visit the website of the National Biodiversity Data Centre for more information and guidelines on what schools can do to help pollinators http://www.biodiversityireland...

The Living Classroom

The Living Classroom is a huge educational resource for schools linking in with 70% of the curriculum.

A school garden is a great addition to your school. Children learn and have fun in a natural ever-changing environment where they get to appreciate nature, nutrition, and even how maths, reading, geography and history can be fun and how they fit into and influence our day to day lives. They get to learn in a new and exciting way.

Visit http://www.schoolearthed.ie/li... for a range of ideas, resources and links relating to the school garden.

The School Garden - What to do and when to do it (Paddy Madden)

Outlines what could be done and how in the school garden every month of the school year.

Available for €10.00 (plus €2 p&p) from paddy.madden@mie.ie

Woodland Trust Nature Dectives

Get muddy and run wild!


Discover a range of Nature Detectives activities for all ages from the Woodland Trust.

Ireland's Biodiversity: Trees & Shrubs

Screw bound and printed full colour on both sides, this is a pocket-sized (85 × 125 mm, W × H) photographic guide to the 35 native and 8 of the more common introduced trees and shrubs in Ireland divided into winter and summer identification. Summer identification is based initially on leaf shape whilst winter identification is based primarily on winter bud structure and arrangement. Published by the National Biodiversity Data Centre and available to purchase at http://www.biodiversityireland....

Ireland's Biodiversity: Ladybirds

Screw bound and printed full colour on both sides, this is a pocket-sized (85 × 125 mm, W × H), beautifully illustrated guide providing information on the identification of 19 Irish ladybird species. Published by the National Biodiversity Data Centre and available to purchase at http://www.biodiversityireland...

Ireland's Biodiversity: Dragonflies

Screw bound and printed full colour on both sides, this pocket-sized guide (85 × 125 mm, W × H) is an aid to identifying the 11 damselflies and 13 dragonflies that are resident in Ireland and includes colour photographs and distribution maps. Published by the National Biodiversity Data Centre and available to purchase at http://www.biodiversityireland...

Ireland's Biodiversity: Bumblebees

Screw bound and printed full colour on both sides, this pocked-sized (85 × 125 mm, W × H) swatch should provide enough information to allow you to identify 18 of the Irish species of bumblebee that have been recorded from Ireland. True bumblebees are listed first followed by cuckoo bumblebees. The true bumblebees are grouped by tail colour as this is a key identification feature. Published by the National Biodiversity Data Centre and available at http://www.biodiversityireland...

Ireland's Biodiversity: Butterflies

This photographic guide will help identify 33 of Ireland’s resident and regular migrant butterfly species. For identification purposes, they are grouped by colour and taxonomic grouping. Published by the National Biodiversity Data Centre and available to purchase at http://www.biodiversityireland...     

Archaeology in the Classroom

This site has abundant resources for primary pupils. Teachers can download a 12-module resource pack and pupils can find interesting facts, games and activities.

Ireland's Biodiversity: Shieldbugs

The shieldbug swatch covers the 16 Irish species of shieldbug and related insects and is available to purchase online from the National Biodiversity Data Centre.

Atlas of Mammals in Ireland

The first ever Atlas of Mammals in Ireland 2010-2015 is a landmark publication mapping Ireland’s terrestrial and marine mammals based on almost a quarter of a million records submitted by organisations, researchers, national experts and citizen scientists. There are distribution maps on 72 species with detailed species accounts from 42 leading authorities.

This is a beautifully produced publication with colour photos or illustrations for all species. Every classroom should have one!

Published by the National Biodiversity Data Centre and available to purchase at http://www.biodiversityireland...

Go Wild at School (Paddy Madden)

Explains how to establish various habitats on the school grounds such as a mini-wood, wildflower meadow, hedgerow, pond, nectar patch etc. It also shows how to establish a cultivation zone.

Available for €15.00 (plus €3 p&p) from paddy.madden@mie.ie

School Biodiversity Plan

This template is for a Biodiversity Action Plan for your school has been put together by one of our very own Heritage Experts - Geoff Hunt. Geoff makes it easy for the children to assess and keep track of all the Biodiversity on your doorstep!