Education, Nature and Horticulture is a large part of the Festina Lente ethos and we welcome school tours here in Festina Lente Gardens throughout the year. We can offer you a variety of nature themed workshops which are listed below.
We cater for all different ages and group sizes and we have two indoor & outdoor programmes depending on the number of children in your group and the time of year and weather. Price is €15 per child. All staff & volunteers have been Garda vetted and we have a child protection policy in place.
We have lunch time areas for the children, both indoor and outdoor depending on the weather.
Feedback from one of the teachers: “We went to Festina Lente as a school tour group in June. The senior infant kids loved the visit. It was safe, welcoming and enjoyable for adults and kids alike. As an experienced teacher I would recommend it as a school tour destination. ”
If you are interested in finding out more or booking in your school please fill in our enquiry form by clicking here.
Children will get the option of fun & educational activity workshops.
Have a gootastic time making fun slime.
Make Homemade Soap:
The children choose their own colours and use flowers, plants & essential oils to make and fragrance their homemade soaps. Find out about the plants and flowers used in these oils, see how long it takes your soap to set, then wrap in cellophane with a beautiful ribbon to take home.
Make Homemade Bird Treats:
Help our feathered friends out by making tasty and nutritious homemade bird treats to bring home and hang in your garden.
Make a Funky Flower Pot:
Decorate your own terracotta pot to look cool, fun & funky. Children choose from a number of samples and create their own decoupage design to decorate their pot. This workshop challenges children’s hand-eye coordination in cutting out fine material and gluing it on to their pot.
Hunt around the gardens and woodland to find the things on your list. A pinecone? A flower? Got it! We will provide a bag for each child to bring home their collection if they wish!
Learn about Ponies & how to Care for them:
Learn about how to care for ponies and horses.
Learn about Ponies & Pony Grooming Session:
Learn about how to groom horses and ponies.
Learn the different Irish Birds and Make a Bird Feeder:
Learn about the different Irish Garden Birds! Use recycled materials to make a Bird Feeder to hang up in your garden to help feed our feathered friends. Decorate your bird feeder, hang it up at home and watch the birds enjoy it!
Mini Beast Hunt:
Do a hunt around our gardens looking for all types of mini beasts and pond dipping.
Planting your Own Vegetables:
Depending on the time of the year we will help the children plant a vegetable plant seedling, learn about caring for that vegetable when they take it home.
Please note: We will be working on a new programme for 2019, the activities above are our 2018 offerings.
For Information please note that:
♦ Once we know your numbers we will put the children into groups, all groups must be accompanied by at least one adult leader from the school.
♦ Accompanying leaders must remain with their group at all times and are responsible for the conduct and behaviour of the group
♦ Children are advised to bring full raingear, wellington boots and a change of clothes. As our activities are very hands on we encourage children to wear old clothes that parents don’t mind getting mucky!
♦ Please bring a breaktime snack and a packed lunch
Book a Tour or Enquiries
After you have first booked your tour with Andrea (firstname.lastname@example.org) you can then click here to pay online.