Mairéad Stack of NatureCubsIreland is a Heritage in Schools Specialist for The Heritage Council. She delivers fun, educational nature classes to primary school children that are directly linked to the Geography and Science SESE Curricula. We also offer these services to schools not participating in the Heritage in Schools Scheme and to Secondary Schools. Classes are developed to suit children in a particular age category. Each visit is specific to the habitats, school grounds and locality of that school and teachers are given tailor-made resource packs. We facilitate fieldtrips also.
Mairéad introduces Irish nature and biodiversity to school children. She is happy to bring nature into the classroom if it is not possible to bring the children on field-trips. Teachers’ requirements for that visit are paramount when deciding on content. Children will discover the wonders of Irish wildlife such as insects, birds, mammals and marine life as well as learning about their habitats. Pond dipping, woodland walks, wild flower identification, identifying sea shells on beaches and birdwatching are just some of the field trips that can be facilitated. If children cannot be brought off-site, then Mairéad works with the school to create nature trails in school grounds, establish pollinator-friendly garden areas, find insects and do animal tracking and much more.
Outside learning is a big part of the programme. Older children will be encouraged to ask questions, formulate their own hypotheses, develop methods of survey and test those methods. Younger children will enjoy looking for birds, bugs and enjoy getting up close to nature. Mairéad has good spoken Irish and would be happy to use Gaeilge throughout the class.
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Very well structured, interesting and informative
Both children and teachers enjoyed today’s visit so much. The visit was very well structured, interesting and informative for all.
A very high standard
Mairead’s workshops are of a very high standard. The children were very engaged through out and it was so lovely to see them learning outdoors. Excellent overall.
The visits were absolutely fantastic
The visits were absolutely fantastic. They were so well organised. Mairead was so passionate about the topics she covered and was fantastic with the children. The activities were well pitched at their level and they thoroughly enjoyed them. I would highly recommend Mairead.