Woodland Day

Who’s it for…

From Junior Infants to 6th Class

Where…

At a woodland of your choice (we can recommend sites if that helps)

What the day entails…

Introduction on biodiversity and woodland as a habitat with ‘nature props’.  Exploring and identifying different species of trees within the woods.  Finding out the difference between native and non-native species and how non-native plants or animals can effect a woodland.  Discovering what other types of plants live in a wood and how they have adapted to the darker conditions set by the trees.  Mini beast hunting and investigating the role of mini beasts in recycling the leaf litter.  For older classes the 4 layers of a woodland will be investigated.  Mammals that live in the woods and their homes will be explored.  Pupils will make mammal homes in the woods.  An art activity such as forest crowns will be completed within the woods.

What the teacher needs to do…

Preparatory discussions on the 4 layers of the woods for older children and the adaptations of forest plants would be a great lead in to the session.  For younger groups a project on creatures of the forest would be good, such as hedgehogs, badgers, foxes and woodland birds.  If any help is required with these topics please get in touch.

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