Education Content

Education is at the heart of The Heritage Councils work programme.  With knowledge comes a greater sense of responsibility and appreciation of the value of Heritage as it contributes to our quality of life.

The Children's Nature Club: OWLS

'OWLS' stands for Outdoor, Wildlife, Learning and Survival and is a Children's Nature Charity based in Dublin.

OWLS run a series of outdoor events and workshops throughout the year which take place in parks and natural areas around Dublin. The events are aimed at families with young children who want to discover more about their natural heritage whilst having fun outdoors. The events offer young children experiences that get them interested in the natural world, whilst learning and having fun at the same time. Events take place once a fortnight during the weekend at various parks and natural areas around Dublin, including Turvey Park, Donabate; Ashtown Wetland Meadows Nature Reserve; and Marlay Park, Rathfarnham. During the school holidays, week-long nature camps and sleep-outs also take place.

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Schools Programme

The OWLS nature awareness programme is also available to primary schools throughout Dublin. A nature studies initiative, the programme is based on the idea of providing practical assistance to teachers who want to teach their classes about nature, while offering a fun and hands-on approach to learning. The programme entails a series of visits throughout the school year, starting within the school and eventually moving to the outdoors. Activities and projects include nature slide shows, environmental education sessions, wildlife watching, practical workshops, fun days out and conservation led tasks such as tree planting and wildlife gardening.

This project received €4,000 in grant-aid under the Heritage Education, Community & Outreach Scheme, 2012.