Primary Schools

Ballycroy National Park Education Programme

Ballycroy National Park Education Centre aims to raise awareness of the natural world and our Dark Skies. Programmes are free of charge to schools and youth groups eg. scouts & guides. 

Aims of National Parks & Wildlife Service’s Education Programme:

  • To promote respect, understanding and care for heritage and particularly for the natural world.
  • To encourage the development of environmentally friendly practices.
  • To inform the public about the National Parks and Wildlife service and their role in conservation.

Bog Detective Challenge

  1. Viewing of the exhibition
  2. Presentation on bogs/peatlands, the main habitat in Ballycroy National Park with special emphasis on the plants and animals found within this habitat.
  3. A hunt to find mini-beasts using pooters
  4. Examining the wild plants of the bog
  5. Pond dipping to see what mini-beasts live in our pond

Discover Primary Science Centre

Spend 2-3 hours visiting Ballycroy National Park Visitor Centre.  The first hour will be comprised of a tour of the interactive exhibition and visiting the outdoor classroom.  The second hour will be a choice of one of the following DPSM approved experiments:

  • Solar Energy
  • Static Electricity and Wriggly Worms
  • Cleaning Dirty Water
  • Kitchen Detectives
  • Make a bird feeder and simple bird bath

Projects

Staff at Ballycroy National Park Education Centre are happy to provide any assistance with information on aspects of nature conservation, the environment and Ballycroy National Park.

How to Book

Please note that our diary can fill up very quickly. So, please, if you wish to book a place, ring as early as possible.

We only take bookings by phone (098 49888) and our service is free of charge.

We require groups bring at least one adult leader per ten children with a maximum group size of 30.

These leaders are responsible for the supervision of the group; Department Child Protection Policy (PDF)

Practicalities:

  • Minibuses and coaches can drive up to the visitor centre and park in the designated bus parking spaces.
  • Visitors are advised to bring full rain gear and suitable footwear and to bring a spare pair of clothes.

How to Find Us:

  • The Visitor Centre is located in the village of Ballycroy on the N59 road between Mulranny and Bangor Erris.