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Wild Nephin is a remote and breathtaking wild place, with unlimited opportunities to explore and experience nature.

A Place to Learn

Explore learning opportunities at Wild Nephin.

Wild Nephin National Park Education Centre aims to raise awareness of the natural world and dark skies. Programmes are free of charge to schools and youth groups e.g. scouts & guides.

A place to learn


Wild Nephin National Park and surrounds are located in a region with a wealth of archaeological and historical sites. These are marked out and explained in more detail in the Monuments & Myths Guide below.

Monuments and Myths Guide

School Nature Programmes

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The National Parks & Wildlife Service runs a series of Education Centres around the country aiming to raise awareness of our natural heritage and of nature conservation. All programmes are free of charge. Each centre offers site specific programmes, but typically focuses on nature awareness programmes for primary schools, and ecology and geography fieldwork for secondary schools. Guided visits are offered to students in third level courses. Special events and tours for the public are also available.

Aims of our Education Programme

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To promote respect, understanding and care for heritage and particularly for the natural world.

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To encourage the development of environmentally friendly practices.

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To inform the public about the National Parks and Wildlife service and their role in conservation

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Bog Detective Challenge

1. Viewing of the exhibition
2. Presentation on bogs/peatlands, the main habitat in Wild Nephin National Park with special emphasis on the plants and animals found within this habitat
3. A hunt to find mini-beasts using pooters
4. Examining the wild plants of the bog
5. Pond dipping to see what mini-beasts live in our pond

Discover Primary Science Centre

SFT Discover Centre 2021 to 2022

Spend 2-3 hours visiting Wild Nephin National Park Visitor Centre. The first hour will include a tour of the interactive exhibition and visiting the outdoor classroom. The second hour will be a choice of one of the following DPSM approved experiments:

  • Solar energy
  • Insulation
  • Make a bird feeder and simple bird bath


Staff at Wild Nephin National Park Education Centre are happy to provide any assistance with information on aspects of nature conservation, the environment and Wild Nephin National Park.

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Bog Ecology Studies for Junior & Leaving Certificate:

The programme we offer is designed to suit the fieldwork requirement of Junior Certificate Science & Leaving Certificate Biology. The study takes place within the grounds of the Visitor Centre.

Fieldwork Activities Outline

  • Use of simple keys to identify any five plants (flora)
  • Use of simple keys to identify any five animals (fauna)
  • Use of various pieces of equipment required to collect animals in an ecosystem
  • Carry out a qualitative study of a habitat
  • Carry out a quantitative study of a habitat
  • Investigation of various abiotic factors within the habitat being studied

Procedure Outline

  • Set pitfall traps and mammal traps
  • Draw habitat map
  • Vegetation survey
  • Identification and description of five plant species
  • Percentage frequency survey (qualitative)
  • Percentage cover survey (quantitative)
  • Invertebrate and vertebrate survey
  • Identification and description of five animal species
  • Collection of pitfall traps and mammal traps
  • Pond dipping
  • Factors affecting the study site

Classroom Outline

  • Compare results between the two methods used in the vegetation survey and discuss their effectiveness.
  • Competition and adaptation of plants and animals
  • Conservation
  • Food chains/webs and pyramid of numbers

Field trip health and safety

Bring Wellies/strong shoes and sensible, waterproof clothes

Students and teachers need to bring a packed lunch; we provide all equipment for learning.

Teachers, please bring adequate supervision for your group and remind pupils to take responsibility for their behaviour in the park.

Information to follow…

We offer an on-site and outreach service to all interested groups. We have a range of special programmes and we can also tailor make visits to suit requirements. This could involve talks, walks and indoor and outdoor activities.

Are you a tour group, field studies group, local group e.g. active retirement group, Tidy Town committee, Men’s/Hens Shed? We are delighted to welcome local groups and those from further afield.

How to Book



098 49888


Please note that our diary can fill up very quickly. If you wish to book a place, call as early as possible. We only take bookings by phone and email and our service is free of charge.

We require groups to bring at least one adult leader per 10 children with a maximum group size of 30. These leaders are responsible for the supervision of the group.

For the NPWS Code of Behaviour for Child Protection please click the download button below.


Minibuses and coaches can drive up to the Visitor Centre and park in the designated bus parking spaces.

Visitors are advised to bring full rain gear and suitable footwear and to bring a spare pair of clothes.

How to find us

The Visitor Centre is located in the village of Ballycroy on the N59 road between Mulranny and Bangor Erris

Family Resources

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You can download our Myth & Folklore Book, which features in our exhibition, by clicking the download link below.

Myths & Folklore Book