Not Back To School - Wild Woods Celebration

Wed, 09/09/2015 - 11:00am - 4:00pm
An Creagan
Making Bean Supports at An Creagan

Five times in An Creagan, and it just gets better. As part of the Not Back To School Celebrations we will be having autumnal fun in the Wild Woods. There will be marshmallows to toast, the normal chaos and mess to create and plenty of opportunity to learn and play together.

We will go ahead in all weathers, bring appropriate gear and something to change into for the way home.

Wild Times in the Wild Woods, with optional bog walk

Tue, 21/07/2015 - 11:00am - 3:00pm
An Creagan
Round the fire at An Creagan

The fourth meeting of the dusty-bottomed children of the wild woods.  We love this place and always have a wonderful time there.  There will be all the fun of the wild woods, including a fire and marshmallows to toast, ponds to dip, banks to dig and climb, trees to paint and the wonderful tree house.  

Peter has also offered to take those who are interested on a short hike to see the forest and bog, which will be wonderful at that time of year - those who would rather stay in the wild woods are welcome to do so (we can organise child care for families who have a difference of opinion between us).

We will go ahead in ALL WEATHERS, mud is just another sort of fun.  Bring wet weather gear, sun cream and all other options!

Giant's Causeway Tour

Fri, 10/07/2015 - 10:30am - 2:00pm
Giant's Causeway

"In general terms the group would meet in the Community Learning Centre, welcome talk, guided tour outdoors down to the Giant’s Causeway covering myths & legends and basic geology, then time in the exhibition inside the visitor centre"
Cost is £4.25 per child, one adult per six children will be free  (we'll share the saving).


Mini Beast Hunt

Fri, 12/06/2015 - 10:20am - 12:00pm
Lisburn Museum

Mini-beast hunt followed by summer craft workshop at Lisburn museum and Castle Gardens
Friday 12th June - meet at 10.20 am Lisburn museum.
For age 4 yr + (younger ones can come with you). No charge.
We could go to Wallace Park for lunch and play afterwards weather permitting.
Please let me know for numbers if you would like to come.

Mayo Bushcraft Course

Fri, 03/07/2015 (All day) - Sun, 05/07/2015 (All day)

Bushcraft family home ed camp happening again. Friday - Sunday 3-5 July, in Mayo, food included, camping facilities all provided, beautiful 10 person tepees. Places were first offered to those who attended the first bushcraft a few months ago, and some cannot go because they have other arrangements so there are 6 places on offer. Children over 7, with accompanying adult. Some actitives are for the adults and children, and some are for children with adults more in supporting role, and a few just for children. There was a constant camp fire and it was great to have that time to chat and drink lotsa tea, while the kids played nearby in the forest. There is a lovely rhythm to Bushcraft weekend, there is quite a number of organised activities and then also time in between to just chill, as Colm from Bushcraft feels that it is important to slow down, and not pack too much in, to feel the rhythm of the nature. Just six places, price €50 per person. message - a deposit of €30 per person to book your place. 

Tour of Cathaleen Falls Hyrdo Electric Station

Tue, 26/05/2015 - 11:00am - 12:30pm
Cathaleen Falls, Ballyshannon

Cathaleen's Fall

Booking essential. Please let us know if you would like to come. Arrive 11/11:15 to start the hour-long tour at 11;30.

"The construction of the Erne Hydro Electric Scheme after the Second World War was a major boost for County Donegal. The development prompted a building boom in the region which saw an employment increase surge in construction bringing engineers, electricians and other hydro-specialists from both at home and abroad to the town of Ballyshannon when work began in 1946.

At Ballyshannon, and on the stretch of the River between the sea, the natural fall of water is 45m, which makes the Erne catchment the perfect location to house the hydro-electric dams. The River Erne itself is 60 miles long and is the second largest river system in Ireland. From its source at Slieve Clah in County Cavan (200m above sea level), it winds its way through Loughs Gowna, Oughter, Upper and Lower Erne before it enters the Belleek Channel. Two power stations were built on the river – one at Cliff and a larger at Cathaleen's Fall. They were commissioned in November 1951 and April 1952 respectively.

ESB is offering FREE guided tours of the Cathaleen's Fall Generating Station which is located in Ballyshannon in County Donegal."

St Aiden's Old Church and Woodland

Thu, 25/06/2015 - 11:00am - 1:00pm
St Aiden's Old Church, Magilligan
St Aiden's

We will explore and find out about the history and natural history of the place, bring a picnic and wet weather gear.

All welcome but let us know you are coming...

Mini Beasts

Thu, 11/06/2015 - 11:00am - 1:00pm
Slieve Gullion Forest Park
Giant's Lair

A Mini Beast hunt with Danielle at Slieve Gullion on Thursday 11th June at 11am. This is a free event.
Danielle will take us on the Nature trail, including the Giants Lair, discussing the Biodiversity while hunting out some mini beasts 
We all need to meet at the main car park at 11am, and the session should last till around 12.30-1pm so might be worthwhile to bring a picnic, though there is also the Cafe.
Booking essential.

Wild Children of the Wild Woods

Wed, 03/06/2015 - 11:00am
An Creagan
Wild Children

Meeting again for another wonderful time in the wild woods.

First half of the session will be a gardening activity (perhaps wildlife gardening?!) and the second half can be freeplay in the Wild Woods. 

May include building some bird boxes, bug boxes, a bug hotel, planting flowers and veg in containers, fire, painting trees, marshmallows and getting dirty.

Bring a picnic, a change of clothes and wet weather gear - our run of good luck on the weather can't last for ever!

Foraging Walk

Thu, 30/04/2015 (All day)
Near Coleraine

A walk through a forest somewhere near Coleraine (time and place to be confirmed) with someone who knows about such things. Identifying plants with medicinal and culinary uses, trying out some recipes for both. Bring wet weather gear and snacks.

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