Primary Schools

Student-Centred Curriculumn-Based Education Activities
Discover Schools

Primary Schools

Each year we welcome thousands of Primary School students for School Tours and Discover Primary Science & Maths (DPSM) Days. Research shows that nature connection through outdoor play, learning and adventure is invaluable for the developing child and our woodland environment is the ideal setting.

We will work with you to put together a memorable day for you and your students. We have lots of exciting adventure activities to choose from along with our SESE curriculum-based activities. Primary School Programming is available September-June. We book up fast for School Tour season so get in touch to secure your preferred date and preferred activities!

As an accredited SFI Discover Centre, our DPSM activities focus on the investigation skills, the scientific-method, active data collection and problem-solving. DPSM Days cost €12pp and include three of the accredited activities. Programme runs September to April only. Participation in these activities can go towards the Awards of Science and Maths Excellence.

Outdoor Learning Activities for School Tours

Please see below options for your group, to book please email your preferred date, package and number of students to info@discoverypark.ie or call 056 4440707. ***Please note that bookings will not be considered confirmed until completed booking form has been returned and deposit taken***

 

  • Full-day from €30 per person (10am-3pm approx) (choose 2 options from A-H)
  • Half-day from €12 per person (10am-12.30pm approx) (choose 1 option from A-H)

 

Schools choose from the options below (A-H) to build a package to suit:

We can cater for school groups of all sizes. Contact us and will work with you to put together a fantastic day out. Some activities are only available to certain class/ages.

Juniors to 1st Class

Estimated Duration: 180 minutes

Price: €16 pp.

An action-packed day! Students become little adventurers on our Junior Woodland*  low-ropes course and get active on the Bouncing Net. Add a choice from our wonderful Nature Activities below for some science-based excitement, then finish up with some fun time at the Timber Tumbles Playground! This package makes up an ideal half-day on its own, or can be chosen along with another package to make up a full day of activities.

Choose one of the following:

Water Scientists: Become a river animal expert (wellies required)

Nature Trail with Scavenger Hunt : Wander the woods to find clues to nature’s treasures

Woodland Bug Detectives: Discover the invertebrates that live on the forest floor

*please note Junior Woodland is only for 2nd class and under

Estimated Duration: 90 minutes

Price: €12 per person

An action-packed day! Students become little adventurers on our Junior Woodland* low-ropes course and get active on the Bouncing Net. Then finish up with some fun time at the Timber Tumbles Playground! This package makes up an ideal half-day on its own, or can be chosen along with another package to make up a full day of activities.#

*please note Junior Woodland is only for 2nd class and under

 

Choose two from our range of curriculum-linked science & nature activities:

Water Scientists: Become a river animal expert (wellies required). Students will visit the River Deen to carry out kick-sampling. Study and classify the invertebrate animals that live in the stream and learn how this can tell us how clean our water is.

Nature Trail with Scavenger Hunt : Wander the woods to find clues to nature’s treasures. Learn how to identify common woodland species of all kinds. A great way to explore the park and expand students’ knowledge of Irish wildlife. Depending on the age group, we tailor the content to suit and may include an introduction to invasive species in the woodland (e.g. Laurel, Rhododendron), the impact of humans on the landscape and our Leave No Trace Policy.

Woodland Bug Detectives: Students may use pooters, sweep nets, beating trays, cryptozoic traps and other equipment to capture, identify, record and release woodland invertebrates and other flora and fauna. Depending on the age group, a tally record system may be used to record and classify the ‘mini-beasts’ and the concept of adaptations in species will be introduced.

Fossils And Dinosaurs: (2nd class+) Learn about the park’s prehistoric past in this new session. Features a classroom session where students handle real fossils from our collection, and a visit to the prehistoric section of our museum to learn about the creatures that lived here during the Carboniferous period.

Creative Map Making: (2nd class+) Get creative while learning basic map-reading skills. Students learn the basics of how to use and interpret maps, then get creative with found materials in the forest to create their own personal maps.

 

Estimated Duration: 120 minutes

Price: €12 pp

2nd Class and Above

Estimated Duration: 120 minutes

Price: €22 per person

Take on the Tree-Top Walk* high-ropes challenge, then see how high you can get on the Climbing Wall*! And for an extra challenge, choose an extra one of our Adventure Activities to add variety to your big day out.

Choose one:

Team Challenge to bring your teamwork skills to the limit develop inter-personal skills and team pride solving our fiendish challenges.

Archery to sharpen your arrow-shooting skills at our forest range.

Boating to enjoy Pedal Boat, Canoes or Kayak sessions on our beautiful lakes. (3rd class and up only)

*For Tree-Top Walk and Climbing Wall minimum age is 7, minimum height is 1.2m

Estimated Duration: 120 minutes

Price: €22 per person

Walk the high ropes amongst the trees at the Tree-Top Walk* and test yourself against the challenge of the Climbing Wall*, then add one of our science-based outdoor Nature Activities (see below for options) for a perfectly-balanced mix and a great day out!

Choose one from our range of curriculum-linked science & nature activities:

Fossils And Dinosaurs: Learn about the park’s prehistoric past in this new session

Water Scientists: Become a river animal expert (wellies required)

Nature Trail with Scavenger Hunt : Wander the woods to find clues to nature’s treasures

Woodland Bug Detectives: Discover the invertebrates that live on the forest floor

Creative Map Making : Get creative while learning basic map-reading skills

*For Tree-Top Walk and Climbing Wall minimum age is 7, minimum height is 1.2m

 

Estimated Duration: 120 minutes

Price: €15 per person

An outdoor package that includes Team Challenge: work with your group to solve outdoor puzzles, build social skills and triumph over our fiendish puzzles. Then try Archery, a chance to test your physical skills with a bow and arrow at our woodland range.

3rd Class and Above

Estimated Duration: 120 minutes

Price: €20 per person.

Test yourself against our flagship high-ropes course, the Octagon*. Learn the skills needed to master this climbing frame in the sky. Follow this up with your choice of our other Adventure Activities (see below for choices) for a great day out.

 

Choose your extra adventure activity from:

Team Challenge to bring your teamwork skills to the limit develop inter-personal skills and team pride solving our fiendish challenges.

Boating (Pedal boats/canoes/kayaks) to enjoy a session on our picturesque lake.

Archery to sharpen your arrow-shooting skills at our forest range.

*Octagon is for min 3rd class, and min height 1.3m

 

Estimated Duration: 120 minutes

Price: €20 per person

Climb the Octagon*, our multi-level high-ropes course, and then add variety to your day by choosing one of our outdoor curriculum-linked Nature Activities. A perfect way to bring physical activity and outdoor learning to your big day out.

Choose your one Nature Activity from:

Fossils And Dinosaurs: Learn about the park’s prehistoric past in this new session

Water Scientists: Become a river animal expert (wellies required)

Nature Trail with Scavenger Hunt : Wander the woods to find clues to nature’s treasures

Woodland Bug Detectives: Discover the invertebrates that live on the forest floor

Creative Map Making : Get creative while learning basic map-reading skills

*Octagon is for min 3rd class, and min height 1.3m

 

Individual Activities and Combos

(Primary School Saver Rates quoted)

* Please note: Zipline is not available for Primary School Tours unless all students meet age (12 yrs) & height (1.3m) requirements.

Booking

It’s never too early to book your School Tour, we book out early!
To learn more please contact our Education Officer, Cian: cian@discoverypark.ie or call 056 4440707 to speak with a member of our Education Team. We'd be delighted to create a tailor-made day for your class or whole school. We cater for groups of all sizes - no upper limits!