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...

Belfast Zoo

Wed, 10/06/2015 - 12:00am - 2:00pm
Belfast Zoo
Giraffes and zebras at Belfast Zoo

We will meet in the Children's Zoo and have a picnic or play in the play park before the presentation at 1:15, then we'll explore the zoo at our own paces. Bring a picnic and wet weather gear. Let us know if you want to come.

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.

Deep Sea Co-op

Tue, 14/04/2015 (All day)
Deep Sea Co-op
Marquis Hall, Bangor

For our Deep Sea Co-op we had the honour of welcoming Marine Biologist Claire Goodwin who works for the National Museums Northern Ireland. She had just come back from a trip to the Antarctic and gave us a talk about her work collecting and identifying sponges. She also brought along her dive kit so we could see how much protection she needs to dive in such cold waters. Claire also brought along some of her sponge samples to look at under the microscope.

Before the co-op we had collected some seawater samples and were able to make slides up of plankton to identify under the microscope. We were able to identify plankton with the help of the publication Marine Zooplankton of Southern Britain which is available to download Marine Zooplankton of Southern Britain

There were also some underwater related crafts to entertain the younger children.

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.

Wild Woods

Wed, 22/04/2015 - 11:00am - 3:00pm
An Creagan
Wild Woods

Playing in the 'Wild Woods' at An Creagán. Water, mud, fire, sticks, marshmallows and more mud. Bring a picnic and wet weather gear (wellies, waterproof everything, a change of clothes), we won't give up just because it happens to rain!

"I’ve booked you in for the 22nd April and the numbers are totally flexible. With the Wild Woods there is no guided programme, but I usually walk the group down and welcome them as we light the campfire and then it’s off to play. We normally put out pond nets, buckets and spades, den building materials, paints and maybe some other junk art stuff and the children are free to move around as they please and engage in whatever activities appeal to them – parents can stand back and supervise."

Beach Safari

Thu, 02/07/2015 - 10:00am - 1:00pm
Rock Pools

Hunting and gathering with Jim Allen (from the Environment Agency- local historian and environmental expert), learning about the shoreline and collecting shells and things. 

1000: Meet at Portballintrae car park (overlooking Bush River).

Crab Claws (how a crab survives in a rock pool)

Penguins & Killer whales (wildlife conservation in the ocean)

Waves (water on the move – or is it? What makes a wave?) 

Message (leaving a message for others to read)

There is a charge for the session, which will depend on uptake.  It will definitely be less than £10 per family for the two sessions. Given that we usually pay £3/4 for the hall that works out as an extra £2/3 per session.

Zoo Trip

Wed, 18/02/2015 - 10:30am
Belfast Zoo
Belfast Zoo

Casual meet up at the zoo, contact the organisers through this site

Deep Sea

Tue, 14/04/2015 - 10:30am - 2:30pm
Marquis Hall, Bangor

There is still much that we do not know about the deep sea, but we will learn about what we do know so far! We will cover ROVs, marine life, geology, and I'm sure we can fit in some plankton viewing with microscopes too.

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