Winter Magic! Nature Trail

Science in everyday life, both past and present. Combining an interactive tour and a hands-on workshop.

Very well presented, good interaction with children and very relevant to school curriculum

Craggagh NS

Tour & Workshop at a Glance

Level             1st to 6th Class
Group Size   15
Location       Galleries + Activity Room
Duration       2.5hrs
Times            November to March   10am- 11am + Break 30min + 11.30-12.30pm

NB: This activity is weather dependent. Suitable outdoor shoes and clothing should be worn. 

Curriculum Links

SESE: Science, History, Geography

Learning Outcomes

  • 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.


Resources and Suggestions:

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