The Organic Centre
Phone: 071 985 4338
Set on a 7.7 ha site in the heart of rural Leitirm, has developed organic school gardens in the NorthWest, both sides of the border for over 10 years. We offer expert advice and courses on organic gardening in schools, guided educational tours and discovery trails featuring native woodlands, seasonal food, various habitats, etc. Practical workshops can be tailored to the needs of each school, e.g. composting, seed sowing and saving. The centre provides full time training (FETAC Level 5) and over 150 short courses. Our online shop sells organic seeds, books, tools and sundries.
Sonairte Visitor Eco-Centre and Gardens
Sonairte Visitor Eco-Centre and Gardens has been teaching organic gardening, sustainable living and environmental awareness since 1985. Our 4ha. site on the banks of the River Nanny Estuary provides us with a unique location to study the natural environment. Our nature trail explores meadowland, woodland and salt marsh. In our 250 year old organic fruit and vegetable garden students at all levels learn about organic gardening, recycling, composting and the importance of biodiversity in the garden.
Irish Seed Savers Association
Phone: 061 921 856/866
The Irish Seed Savers Association was set up in 1991 with the objective of preventing the further extinction of Irish-bred agricultural varieties of food crops. The Association operates from a 8 ha site in Co. Clare comprising of orchards, vegetable gardens and broadleaf woodlands, operating under strictly organic standards. Our education programme includes year round environmental workshops with primary and post primary schools, school tours, establishing organic school gardens, Easter camps, Summer camps, Christmas and Halloween activities. Each activity has a strong emphasis on biodiversity, habitats, learning about where our food comes from and developing a lifelong respect for our living environment.
Kerry Earth Education Project
Ballyseedy, Tralee, Co. Kerry
Phone: 066 713 7042/087 924 6968 (Ian)
Kerry Earth Education Project at Gortbrack Organic Farm, was formed in 1995. KEEP is an environmental education company that works directly with schools, community groups and special needs groups in the planning and development of sustainable organic garden and native habitat projects. We also host farm tours at Gortbrack demonstrating a broad range of habitats and food production techniques.
The Nano Nagle Centre
Phone: 022 26411
The Nano Nagle Centre, between Mallow and Fermoy is the birthplace of Nano Nagle, foundress of the Presentation Sisters and pioneer of Catholic education in the 18th century. It is situated on a certified organic mixed farm with gardens, livestock, renewable energy features and a Farmers' Market. The centre runs a wide range of sustainability courses including the 'Living Classroom' Course for Primary Teachers.
Marino Institute of Education
Marino Institute of Education is a third level college established in 1904 and situated on Griffith Avenue, Dublin 9. It offers a four-year undergraduate Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) programme and an eighteen-month postgraduate Higher Diploma in Education (Primary), both awarded by Trinity College Dublin. It is very interested in promoting environmental education.
Blackrock Education Centre
Phone: 01 2365000
Blackrock Education Centre (BEC) is an agency of the Department of Education and Skills in Ireland. It is one of a national network of 21 such centres and provides support for teachers and others involved in education in Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown County, part of South County Dublin and North County Wicklow. It has a reputation for promoting environmental education for many years.