For a limited time only, Ballyhoura Heritage & Environment are offering a trained guide to facilitate activities for only €3 per child (for groups). This unique teaching style is an excellent way of encouraging learning in a fun environment. This specially designed Discover Primary Science and Maths Centre offers all equipment necessary for a distinctive classroom! Discover Primary Maths and Science recently filmed the unique experience at Griston Bog which showcases all the outdoor classroom has to offer. to view this exciting video, please visit Discover Science’s Website at http://www.primaryscience.ie/activities_discover_centres.php where you will find Griston Bog located on the interactive map, click on the link and just watch!
The tourism attraction is also offering a guided tour for groups for the special rate of €5 per adult. These tours are available Mondays to Wednesdays. There is a concession rate for groups of over ten people. Or more Information, please contact Annette Rea at 063 91300 or visit http://www.ballyhouraoutdoorclassroom.com/
Ballyhoura Outdoor Classroom is a unique experience set in Griston Bog in the heart of the Ballyhoura area.
Each Ballyhoura Outdoor Classroom is a beautiful, natural place specially chosen and managed for learning.
Ballyhoura Outdoor Classrooms provide teachers with an extension of their teaching space, from the indoor classroom at school into the natural environment.
Each Ballyhoura Outdoor Classroom is fully equipped. All the equipment that you require to teach is provided on arrival.
Visits to Ballyhoura Outdoor Classrooms are teacher-led. Lesson plans for educational activities are provided. These are linked with school curricula. Alternatively teachers can decide to follow their own lesson plans.
Regular training events for teachers are held to develop skills and confidence in using these very special teaching spaces as your schools Outdoor Classroom.
Teachers need to book at least 2 weeks in advance of their fieldtrip to allow time for preparations.
Ballyhoura Outdoor Classrooms are unique and inspiring places that are provided and managed by Ballyhoura Heritage and Environment Ltd, a not-for-profit community organisation, to be a part of every local schools learning environment.
Ballyhoura Outdoor Classrooms are designed for delivery of the Irish school curricula.
A large part of the school curricula, at primary and secondary level, could be taught at an Outdoor Classroom. Really! A school could move in for the academic year!
In reality, a visit to a Ballyhoura Outdoor Classroom is likely to be a special treat for a class, maybe once a year or once a term, and is an opportunity to bring some extra excitement to a particular part of the curriculum.
We have developed lesson-plans that teachers can use to teach selected parts of the school syllabi. For example, we are an accredited national Discover Primary Science and Maths centre. Teachers may select from these tried and tested lessons or alternatively plan and deliver their own lessons. All fieldtrips are self-guided by the visiting school. We anticipate that once a class has studied at a Ballyhoura Outdoor Classroom, that they will be eager to return and either build upon their learning in that subject area or study a different part of the school curriculum in the natural environment.
Training in the use of Ballyhoura Outdoor Classrooms is available for teachers throughout the year. Contact us for more information and to sign up.