Since September 2010 the Wexford Wildfowl Reserve has been part of the Discover Primary Science and Maths Network. If your school is part of this programme, please include this when making a booking.
Our education programme is divided into summer and winter schedules.
Spring/Summer/Autumn Schedule: April, May, June, September, early October.
The summer schedule involves two outdoor activity based courses: Wetland Field Studies and the Living Sandcastle. Both involve exploring the wildlife associated with habitats especially important to Wexford.
Wetland Field Studies; Snipe Field, Wexford Wildfowl Reserve
The Wetland Field Study is based in the Snipe Field, an outdoor education area close to the visitor centre. Team-based activities include pond dipping, wildlife trail, mini-beast hunts and much more. Discover the wonder of wetlands in our outdoor education area.
The Living Sandcastle; Raven Wood Nature Reserve
Discover the wildlife of sand dunes. A look at plants, insects, birds, and mammals through team based activities. The Living Sandcastle takes place in the Raven Wood Nature Reserve close to Curracloe, and looks at plants, insects, birds and mammals through team based activities. (Note: the nearest toilet facilities are in the Curracloe beach car park).
The duration of both of these programmes is approximately 2.5 to 3 hours (usually from 10am to 1pm but times can be flexible). The outdoor activities are most suited for 1st to 6th class students.
Winter Schedule: March and October
The winter schedule is mostly indoor based as appropriate for this time of year.
The Wetland and Wildfowl Workshop is an activity-based exploration of wildfowl and wetlands. Team activities include bird studies and exploration of the Greenland White-fronted Geese.
The Wildlife Discovery Workshop looks at wildlife in general and some of the methods used to learn about our native wildlife.
Both of these Discovery sessions are suited to all primary school class groups.
Our Wild Science programme is suitable for older age groups, 4th, 5th and 6th classes. This session involves a greater study of the Greenland White-fronted Geese, as well as some activities using microscopes and field studies equipment.
All of our winter programmes are 2.5 to 3 hours long (usually 10am to 1pm).