CALMAST are running the Bealtaine Festival of Outdoor Science from May 17 – 24th with an incredible line up of outdoor activites for school kids and the general public in the local Tramore and surrounding areas (with the majority of the outdoor events happening along the Copper Coast), see the full schedule here.
These two in particular grabbed my attention:
|Saturday 23rd May
For Family groups. General public
||Mosaic on Annestown Beach
||Annestown Beach Co. Waterford
|Build a giant Mosaic on Annestown using natural materials found on beach with Artist Sinead Driver and geologist Tina Keating of the Copper Coast Geopark
The Copper Coast Geopark runs between Tramore and Dungarvan, in Co. Waterford and comprises 25 km of beautiful coastline. But did you know that this part of Ireland was once close to the South Pole, exposed to violent volcanic eruptions and earthquakes? Did you know that the area was once a desert, dissected by large rivers, long before the landscape was gouged by glaciers? Here’s your chance to find out. The Copper Coast Geopark has it all, 460 million years of Earth history recorded in the rocks, explained on panels, brochures or during school visits and excursions throughout the year and guided tours in the summer.”
And the Comeragh walks (I received a little bit more information about this via email):
Woodlands and Uplands – 2 short walks in the Comeraghs
The Crough Walk is a 1.5km woodland walk along the banks of the Mahon Stream, where we plan to do some nature-spotting – mammal-tracking, tree-naming, stream-dipping and bird calls. We will then go to the Mahon Falls Walk to see some upland habitat and blanket bog and the special flora associated with it.
Date: Sunday 24th May 2009
Venue: Mahonbridge / Comeragh Mountains
The Comeragh Mountains form part of the largest SAC (Special Area of Conservation) in Co. Waterford, protected under law for important habitats. May 24th is Wildwatch Day, when events take place all around the country for people to get out, experience the wild and learn about the nature on their own doorstep. The Irish Wildlife Trust volunteers organise regular outings to places with interesting natural history:
Time: 2 pm
Duration: 2 hours approx
Age group: All Ages Welcome. Children under supervision
Meeting point if different to venue: Mahonbridge Village. There is limited parking at the walk start, so car-pooling is encouraged
To Book: Log onto www.livingearth.ie
Contact Person for more info: Marie Power Mobile: 086 8124275
Walk Leader: Denis Cullen
Special requirements for participants: The walk has been well finished by the Comeragh Community Group/Coillte and is suitable for buggies/wheels. However, it is an uphill course for the first half.
Directions to venue: From Waterford, take the N25. Turn off just past Kilmacthomas, for Mahonbridge. Follow signs for 3km approx. until you arrive in the village. The walk start is just 50m away, through village on the Comeragh Drive. Mahonbridge is located on the main Dungarvan to Carrick-on-Suir Road, about 16km from Dungarvan.
Plenty there to interest everyone, again see the full event list here: http://www.livingearth.ie/Full%20Events%20Listing. I think I might skip the ‘cooking seaweed’ event myself however