Nature School Ireland

 

80% of Irish children get less than 1 hour of physical activity per day

25% are obese or overweight and this number is rising fast

childhood depression & anxiety are much more common

 

the Perfect Antidote to Nature Deficit Disorders!

 

with Certified Forest/Nature School Leader & Garda Vetted Staff

Packages Available for Schools, Educators & Older Age Groups

Nature School Ireland

 

80% of Irish children get less than 1 hour of physical activity per day

 

25% are obese or overweight and this number is rising fast

 

childhood depression & anxiety are much more common

 

the Perfect Antidote to Nature Deficit Disorders!

 


Certified Forest/Nature School Leader & Garda Vetted Staff

 

2017 Nature School Courses – at Crann Og Eco Farm

Dates: All Saturdays

Spring/Summer:

4th March    1st April

6th May    3rd June

 

Autumn/Winter:

16th September    7th October

4th  &  25th November

Times

8  to  12 Year Olds:  10am  to  1pm

Please arrive at 9:45am to meet the Teacher and roll call.


4  to  8 Year Olds:  2:30pm  to  5pm

Please arrive at 2:15pm to meet the Teacher and roll call.

Spring to Summer Classes

4th March  |  1st April  |  6th May  |  3rd June

4 to 8 Year Olds

 

2:30pm to 5pm

€20 per child per class.  You may purchase a class for more than one child at a time.

Buy All Classes Spring/Summer for €68/child (15% off)

Add Siblings For All Classes Spring/Summer for €64/child (20% off)

8 to 12 Year Olds

 

10am to 1pm

€25 per child per class.  You may purchase a class for more than one child at a time.

Buy All Classes Spring/Summer for €85/child (15% off)

Add Siblings For All Classes Spring/Summer for €80/child (20% off)

Autmun to Winter Classes

16th September  |  7th October  |  4th & 25th November

4 to 8 Year Olds

 

2:30pm to 5pm

€20 per child per class.  You may purchase a class for more than one child at a time.

Buy All Classes Autumn/Winter for €68/child (15% off)

Add Siblings For All Classes Autumn/Winter for €64/child (20% off)

8 to 12 Year Olds

 

10am to 1pm

€25 per child per class.  You may purchase a class for more than one child at a time.

Buy All Classes Autumn/Winter for €85/child (15% off)

Add Siblings For All Classes Autumn/Winter for €80/child (20% off)

What is Nature School ?

 

Nature School, also known as Forest school, offers a great opportunity for “holistic development” through interacting and connecting with the natural world and all it’s gifts and challenges in a playful way.

Through games, Nature arts and crafts, naturalists’ and seasonal activities as well as basic survival skills, Nature School provides a real life, multi faceted learning environment.

Learning happens hands on through self directed creative play, developing motor skills, sensory awareness, risk management, problem solving and teamwork.

The teaching method of Nature School is based on the “Art of Mentoring” where the leader provides and opens the space for the child’s curiosity to engage, with questioning, creating appropriate learning edges (creating opportunities to extend the edge of knowledge) and encouraging playful experimenting in a learner centred way rather than through direct teaching.

All Nature School activities, due to their variety and practical nature, help the participant to clearly see their own achievements, increasing their knowledge and skills, and thus building self esteem and confidence.

 

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What is Nature School

Nature School, also known as Forest school, offers a great opportunity for “holistic development” through interacting and connecting with the natural world and all it’s gifts and challenges in a playful way.

Through games, Nature arts and crafts, naturalists’ and seasonal activities as well as basic survival skills, Nature School provides a real life, multi faceted learning environment.

Learning happens hands on through self directed creative play, developing motor skills, sensory awareness, risk management, problem solving and teamwork.

The teaching method of Nature School is based on the “Art of Mentoring” where the leader provides and opens the space for the child’s curiosity to engage, with questioning, creating appropriate learning edges (creating opportunities to extend the edge of knowledge) and encouraging playful experimenting in a learner centred way rather than through direct teaching.

All Nature School activities, due to their variety and practical nature, help the participant to clearly see their own achievements, increasing their knowledge and skills, and thus building self esteem and confidence.

Why Is Nature School Important?

No one will protect what they don’t care about, and no one cares about what they’ve never experienced”.

Sir David Attenborough

Why is Nature School Important?

No one will protect what they don’t care about, and no one cares about what they’ve never experienced”.

Sir David Attenborough

With the rapid and all encompassing emergence of consumer technology in the last 20 years, many disturbing childhood trends have also appeared:  obesity, attention disorders, behavioural problems and depression are rising fast.

In his book the “Last Child in the Woods” the child advocate Richard Louv has named these disturbing trends “Nature Deficit Disorders” after compiling and analysing a vast amount of research from all over the world. This body of research clearly indicates that Nature Connection is essential for children to develop physical, mental and emotional health.

Howard Gardener, Professor of Education at Harvard University developed the theory of 7 multiple Intelligences in 1983 and recently added the 8th, ‘Naturalist Intelligence‘, which he calls “nature smart”!

Nature School is transformative and transferable as it engages multiple intelligences, and therefore offers each learning type opportunities to grow and shine.

The Author, Mentor and Tracker Jon Young also talks about “nature smart” in a You Tube clip from his own experience over 30 years working with children and youth in the wilderness.

He also points out that Nature Connection is the foundation of a healthy and vibrant Culture as it is really through Nature Connection that we can deeply connect to ourself and then others.

Another good reason why Nature School is so important in our time of uncertainty and climate change is to build resilience and resourcefulness into our children so they can react and adapt appropriately in different circumstances.

And finally Nature Connection develops love and respect for Nature, the realisation of our interconnectedness and our role as humans to take good care of it to secure our future on earth.

Activities at Nature School

There are far too many individual activities, missions and games for us to describe here, but all that we do falls into these main categories:

  • Play and rest time in nature
  • Nature arts and crafts
  • Rope swings, rope ladders and climbers
  • Shelter building
  • Games and missions
  • Plant identification and wild food foraging
  • Fire making and camp fire cooking
  • Orienteering and tracking
  • Wildlife observation and tending to nature
  • and many more….

Benefits of Nature School

 

 

  • Physical activities in nature (trail walking, exploring & climbing) enhance strength, stamina, sure-footedness, balance & coordination.
  • Promoting risk management, becoming a competent risk taker, taking appropriate risk.
  • Expanding awareness, calming and focusing the mind through sensory games.
  • Tasks and problem solving encourage resilience, resourcefulness, teamwork and social skills.
  • Enhancing mental health by getting in touch with the natural world, calming the mind and connecting to the heart.
  • These experiences combined with imagination and creativity, reduce stress & build confidence.
  • Observation & tending to nature encourages connectedness & compassion, which counteracts the competitive & overstimulated lifestyles.
  • These activities can help to alleviate modern ailments such as obesity, attention disorders & behavioural problems, boost a depressed immune system, & help to alleviate allergic reactions.

Latest Testimonial

 

First of all, as a mother I loved that the kids spent a few hours outside in any weather and could connect with nature through games, creative play and physical activities… and all guided by Marion and her helpers.

The kids always came home relaxed and full of new ideas. They especially loved making shelters from forest material, the story telling and of course the highlight fire making.

I can really recommend the Nature school and wished it would be included in the schools curriculums!

There is nothing healthier and more educational than spending time in nature.

Thanks to Marion and her team  🙂

February 2017

Hanka Fahey

Find us......it's easy!

 

Farm Location: N 53° 2′ 19.98″  E -8° 43′ 59.49″

Tel:  +353 (0)85 145 3535
Crann Og Eco Farm
Derrymore, Drummin, Gort
County Galway, IRELAND, H91 XEY1

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Contact Us

 

Contact us using this enquiry form.  This enquiry form is for chatting with us if you have questions, need help or want to talk with us regarding nature school classes, the teacher, staff or if you have problems enrolling your children for classes.  This is not for enrolling and paying for classes, use the enrol buttons nearer the top of the webpage.

And you can call us direct on 085 145 3535 and speak with one of our staff or leave a clear message and we will get back to you as soon as we can!

Thank you.

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