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Fun and Experiential Field Studies for Science and Environmental Education Programmes

Immerse Yourself in the Ecological World

Kippure Estate’s Outdoor Education Centre offers a range of on-site field studies. Thankfully, field work is becoming an integral part of the school curricula, as it instils a range a vital skills such as surveying, group work, data collection, analysis and report writing, as well as being thoroughly enjoyable!

Since 2003 hundreds of schools from all Leinster counties and Waterford and Tipperary have attended our environmental, ecological and geographical field studies. All our outdoor learning experiences are carried out on-site and have been carefully designed to facilitate the relevant Department of Education Curricula. A team of highly experienced instructors with a range of Environmental qualifications deliver our Leaving Cert Ecology and Junior Certificate Science programmed, as well as other education trips.

We provide all the necessary worksheets, field equipment, along with a selection of raingear.

Leaving Certificate Ecology – Scientific Study of an Ecosystem

Facilitating the Ecology element of the biology syllabus this study includes some of the following activities:

  • Using different surveying techniques to carry out a vegetation, invertebrate & vertebrate field study
  • Investigating of the different factors affecting the ecosystem
  • Mapping the study area
  • Identifying a Food Web
  • Looking at Edaphic factors

Junior Certificate Science – Scientific Study of an Ecosystem

To facilitate the Course Work B ‘Additional Student Investigations’ part of the curriculum this study incorporates some of the following activities:

  • Using different surveying techniques to carry out a vegetation, invertebrate & vertebrate field study
  • Investigating of the different factors affecting the ecosystem
  • Mapping the study area
  • Identifying a Food Web
10.00 am School arrives & gets settled into the Belfry – Teachers receive a well-earned tea & biscuits!
10.15 am-11.00 am The Belfry Senior Instructor delivers a detailed presentation to the group, demonstrating the methods and equipment used. Some map work to identify study sites.
11.00 am-11.15 am Students are divided into smaller groups (max 15) and kitted out.
11.15 am-1.45 pm Into the Field: Data collection, calculations. All students are encouraged to participate individually.
1.45 pm-2.15 pm Back to the Belfry – Quick change and a bite to eat.
2.15-3.00 pm Wrap-Up – Results are correlated and discussed, further analysis of findings in context of report, for example aim, graphs, conclusions.

 

Transition Year Environmental Field Studies – Geography & Ecology Study

This study is a great fun way to provide the outdoor learning experience and all the skills that fieldwork involves. It can be combined with a half day of Adventure Activities to combine the academic with the fun side of the outdoor world.

Facilities

Our buildings include The Belfry, a custom built facility containing a classroom, toilets, showers, equipment storage rooms and all necessary equipment required to carry out our educational and adventure activities.

We also have a number of other larger and smaller classrooms on-site to facilitate groups of different sizes.

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