Explore learning opportunities at Killarney National Park. Whether you’re interested in nature and ecology, local history, horticulture, or planning a visit with your group, our National Park supports a wide range of learning experiences.
A Place to Learn
Killarney National Park Education Centre is based in Knockreer House, the last of the Kenmare mansions. The centre is situated on a hill close to the town of Killarney and has spectacular views over the National Park.
We provide a range of specialist courses linked directly to the curriculum, using the diverse habitats of Killarney National Park as an outdoor classroom. We work with groups from all backgrounds, ages and abilities, including primary schools, post-primary schools, third level institutions, tour groups and youth groups. We also provide facilities and programmes for the general public and the corporate sector.
Kerry Education and Training Board, in collaboration with Killarney House & Gardens, has developed an Outdoor Maths Trail, a fun activity to do on your own or with a group. On the trail you will actively engage in investigation, observation, estimation, measuring and problem-solving.
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We’re passionate about helping young people discover more about our natural world and how to care for it.
Killarney Education Guides can support your school in experiencing the National Park and making connections with subjects right across the curriculum for when you return to the classroom. Learning through the landscape together, we explore the past, present and future of this special place.
The Killarney National Park Education Centre provides the perfect location for primary level nature study with its safe environment, variety of habitats, teaching laboratories and other facilities as well as the picturesque views of the lakes and mountains of the National Park.
Discover Primary Science
The Education Centre is a designated Discover Primary Science (DPS) Centre. A visit to us helps achieve your “Award of Excellence in Science”under the DPS scheme. To find out more about Discover Primary Science, click the link below.
Nature Day Programme
The Primary School Nature Day Programme encourages children to learn about their environment in a fun and hands-on way. The activities are primarily woodland based and include pond-dipping, pooters, scavenger hunts, mammal traps and plenty of games. Download the Nature Day Brochure below to find out more.
For university and college groups studying the natural sciences or conservation management, one would have to go a long way to find a more suitable location than Killarney National Park for a field trip. The highly varied ecology of the area makes it ideal for botanical/zoological studies.
For more information contact the Education Centre.
Killarney National Park Education Centre
+353 64 6635960
Families can print out these worksheets to bring along on a walk, or explore a selection of drawings and jigsaws from Muckross House Research Library.