The Outdoor Classroom network of Galway City - School event

Four areas of biodiversity richness across Galway city will be available for one hour for nature field studies by schools on the same day as part of a unique multisite festival event. 

With funding provided by the Lifes2Good Foundation, the Galway National Park initiative has gifted to each of four sites ‘Outdoor Classroom’ kits comprising binoculars, bug containers, clipboards, measuring tapes, magnifying glasses, sitting mats, raingear, bat detectors, tent marque, foldup table, teacher’s blackboard and much more. Compiled by  Carmel Burns (director of the Galway Education Centre) primary school teacher Fionnghuala Gerathy, and a group of Galway teachers and eco experts, these kits will allow school groups to undertake regular scientific nature studies in the parks, meadows, woods, and waterways of Galway city where onsite community, environmental and educational experts and volunteers act as guides. 

The Outdoor Classroom concept spearheaded by Galway Atlantaquaria two decades ago will now become even more part of the learning experience of the city’s school-going population.

For further information contact Brendan Smith at






Lough Atalia, Merlin Woods, Terryland Forest Park and River Corrib


3.5 hours


School groups