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Killarney National Park Education Centre

Why not come to the Education Centre in the magnificent Killarney National Park for your school tour or to do you Geography or Biology Fieldwork? Killarney National Park Education Centre is ideally located in the beautiful Knockreer Demesne. It is close to Killarney town and also within easy reach of a variety of habitats for your class to explore! The Centre provides the perfect location for both primary and post-primary level nature study with its safe environment, teaching laboratories and other facilities as well as the picturesque views of the lakes and mountains of the National Park.

The Education Centre is a designated Discover Primary Science & Maths Centre; a visit to us helps achieve your “Award of Excellence in Science” under the DPSM scheme. Find out more at We are also an Eco Centre under An Taisce’s Green Flag Programme and have recently been awarded our second Green Flag.

Programmes available include:

Primary School Nature Day

The class will will participate in a wide range of nature activities which are all linked to SESE. They can investigate habitats and wildlife at first hand, use mammal traps, microscopes and pooters do pond-dipping, scavenger hunts and experiments and, if they are lucky see some of the wild animals of Ireland’s premier National Park.

Science & Maths in Nature Day

This day will be run on similar lines to the Primary School Nature Day with more emphasis on investigation and experiments. The class will measure the height of trees, explore how bridges do what they do, measure the speed of the river and carry out simple ecological surveys.

The aim of both days is to encourage the students to explore the natural world around them and to introduce basic ecological, environmental and scientific concepts. We will also look at predator-prey relationships, food-chains and how creatures adapt to living in their environment.

Leaving Certificate

Leaving Certificate Habitat Study - A detailed study of an area of woodland on a localised sandstone/limestone transition is made to examine the influence on vegetation.

Leaving Certificate Geography Fieldwork – structured to specifically to leave the student fully prepared to answer the fieldwork question in the Leaving Certificate examination.

The River Study involves carrying out a number of tasks at the lower stage and the upper stage of the Owengarriff river, near the world famous, Torc Waterfall

The Glaciation Study involves the mapping (and further study, including soil testing etc.) of an area of limestone bedrock overlain by morainic sandstone.

Transition Year

National Park Management - This day takes the form of an introduction to the National Park through a guided walk (and possibly boat trip), during which time the group will have many opportunities to see and understand the dilemmas which must be confronted for the effective management of an area such as a National Park.

Habitat Study - The students will examine one or two habitats in depth by using a range of field techniques. Habitats available include bog, woodland and freshwater.

Glaciation Study - This trip through Killarney's lakes by traditional boat and through the Gap of Dunloe by foot forms an ideal study tour for all aspects of the geology and glacial geography of the area (cost of boat trip extra).

Junior Certificate Ecology - We use several different fieldwork techniques to examine a woodland habitat and the associated flora and fauna.

The precise timing for any of the days listed above is flexible to allow for travelling times etc. (Cork and Limerick are within convenient travelling distance for day trips). A typical session lasts from approximately 10.30am-2.30pm.

For further details of the above and other programmes please contact us at:
Killarney National Park Education Centre,
Knockreer House,
Co. Kerry
tel/fax: +353 64 6635960