Winter Magic! Nature Trail

Take a Winter Nature Ramble and Make a Bird Feeder

Tour: What is winter and how does it affect our natural environment?

An introduction to the Museum and staff, followed by a short question and answer session on the topic of seasons, climate and weather, using a globe as a teaching aid. Irish native woodlands and the origins of the woods at Turlough Park are outlined followed by a brief safety talk on how the class will proceed through the woods and along the lakeside.
The life cycle of plants and trees and animal behaviour in winter time will be explored through brainstorming and observation of the woodlands and the ‘key’ as a scientific tool will be introduced and used throughout the walk. Children will be able to expand the key by the end of the session.

Workshop: Make a hanging cake for birds.

Children will be divided up into groups to work together to make a Hanging Cake bird feeder. They will gain insight into why birds might need extra help with feeding in the winter months as well as which food types, birds (and ourselves) require and
why. The skills required are weighing, measuring, estimating and mixing the ingredients. Through heating and cooling the fat, the children will see how its characteristics can change and how important this change in consistency is, to making a successful bird feeder.
NB: This activity is weather dependent. Suitable outdoor shoes and clothing should be worn. 
1st - 6th Class
SESE: Science, Geography, History

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Winter Magic Tour & Workshop (169KB, Adobe .pdf)
Winter Magic Activities (252KB, Adobe .pdf)

This activity is available from November to March

Wednesday, Thursday or Fridays 10.00am – 12.30pm