At Castlecomer Discovery Park we believe we have a great story to tell, we’re enthusiastic about sharing our world with you. Our education programmes are fresh, innovative, exciting and strive to make learning fun for all.
We offer a wide range of student-centred educational activities for both Primary and Secondary schools as school tours, class visits and fieldtrips. Curriculum-based learning takes place in our extensive 80 acre woodland, by the lakes and river and also indoors in our dedicated education rooms.
We aim to deliver an enjoyable and memorable educational experience beyond the classroom boundaries in a safe, fun, inclusive and picturesque environment. Our educational activities are delivered primarily through fun outdoor tasks using creative and adventurous teamwork and problem-solving activities.
The activities have been designed following extensive research, feedback from key education stakeholders and support from other agencies including Geological Survey Ireland, the SFI’s Discover Primary Science and Maths programme and the Irish Orienteering Association.
A “Leave No Trace” policy has also been introduced to ensure the sustainability of our beautiful woodland park and will be promoted during school visits to raise awareness of the importance of managing our natural heritage.
For detailed information on our Education programme please explore:
Our Education Team
Our Education Programme is delivered by our highly qualified and experienced Education Team. Nichola Salmon is our full-time Education Officer. She has qualifications in Geography (Tourism), Sociology and Teaching & Learning. Trained Education Guides assist with the delivery of the education programme throughout the year.
We encourage you to include some of our recreational activities in your visit to have the complete Castlecomer Discovery Park experience! These reflect the PE curriculum focus on “team challenges and adventure-activities”, and support the Department of Education and Skills’ “Active School Flag” initiative based on promoting activity and availing of community amenities. Recreational activities include;
- NEW! Zipline & Advanced High Ropes Courses
- Tree Top Adventure Walk (€12.50pp or €11pp with 20+ students)
- Climbing Wall & ‘Leap of Faith’ (€10pp or €9pp with 20+ students)
- Above 3 high-ropes activities (€20pp or €18pp with 20+ students)
- Team Agility Challenge (€5pp, minimum 20 students)
- Junior Woodland Adventure Course (€5pp)
- Orienteering Trails (€3pp)
- Boating (€5pp)
Booking your Visit Our Education Programme is available throughout the school year (except December). You can combine education and recreation activities to create an action-packed, memorable school visit to Castlecomer Discovery Park.For advice on making a booking please email our Education Officer, Nichola: email@example.com or call 056 4440707 to speak with a member of our Education Team. View the video below to see our education programmes and activities for both Primary and Secondary Schools.