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Events

We shall be publishing our future events on a month by month basis.

All our events are Free of Charge.

For more information about any event, or to book (if booking is required) please phone the Education Centre (0404 45656) or the Information Office (0404 45425).

If you wish to receive notifications by email of upcoming events, please email us at wickloweducationcentre@chg.gov.ie

Events for June & July

Download a pdf of our June & July Events: JUNE JULY EVENTS 2019

Pond Dipping – Sunday 16th June

Discover the wonderful life in a pond. We will have two pond dipping sessions, one at 11 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. Booking is not required and visitors are welcome to stop by at any stage and join us.

When: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Where: National Park Information Office, Upper Lake, Glendalough.

Logisitics:

  • Suitable for all ages
  • All our events are free of charge.
  • Booking is not required for this event.

Coronation Plantation – Sunday 23rd June

Coronation Plantation, in the west of the National Park, is a site full of both human and natural heritage. Join us to explore this really interesting site.

When: 11 a.m.

Where: Coronation Plantation

Logisitics:

  • Suitable for adults and teens
  • All our events are free of charge.
  • Booking is essential for this event. To book, please phone 0404 45425.

Bumblebees – Sunday 7th July

Ireland has 21 species of bumblebees. These furry pollinators are easy to find and study, although their numbers are declining nationwide. Learn all about them on this talk and walk.

When: 11 a.m.

Where: National Park Education Centre, Upper Lake, Glendalough

Logisitics:

  • Suitable for adults and teens.
  • All our events are free of charge.
  • Booking is essential for this event. To book, please phone 0404 45425.

Bat Walk – Wednesday 17th July

Join us at dusk to watch the Pipistrelle bats emerge from their roost in the Information Office. We shall then walk through the woods with bat detectors picking up their calls as they feed.

When: 9.30 p.m.

Where: National Park Information Office, Upper Lake, Glendalough

Logisitics:

  • Suitable for adults and older interested children.
  • All our events are free of charge.
  • Booking is not required.
  • Visitors are advised to bring midge repellent and a torch.

Moth Trapping – Every Friday

National Park staff monitor moth  populations by live trapping, recording and releasing moths on a weekly basis. The trap is opened every Friday at 9 a.m. If you are interested in watching, please phone us in advance. 0404 45656.

When: 9 a.m. (to approx. 10 a.m.)

Where: National Park Education Centre, Miners’ Road, Upper Lake, Glendalough

Logisitics:

  • Suitable for adults or families.
  • All our events are free of charge.
  • Booking is essential. To book, please phone 0404 45656.

Nature Walks – any time

If you would like your own private Nature Walk, please just ask. If we have staff available, we are very happy to show you the often hidden nature of Glendalough. A Nature Walk can be a general look at everything, or if you would like we can focus on a theme – flowers, trees, birds, butterflies, etc.

When: Any time between 9 a.m. and 5.30 p.m.

Where: Walks usually start from the National Park Information, Miners’ Road, Upper Lake, Glendalough, but can vary on request.

Logisitics:

  • Suitable for adults or families.
  • All our events are free of charge.
  • Booking is essential. To book, please phone 0404 45656.

Nature Explorers – Every Wednesday in July & August

Our varied activities help children to identify and appreciate the natural world.

When: 11 a.m.

Themes:

  • 3 July:  Trees
  • 10 July: Pond dipping
  • 17 July: Bird watching
  • 24 July: Butterfly safari (weather dependent)
  • 31 July:  History detectives
  • 7 Aug: Moth recording
  • 14 Aug: Flowers & pollinators
  • 21 Aug: Mammal tracking
  • 28 Aug: Treasure hunt

Where: National Park Information Office, Upper Lake, Glendalough

Logisitics:

  • Activities are aimed at children aged 5 to 11 years.
  • This is an outdoor programme.
  • An adult must stay with the children & be prepared to help.
  • Most activities will take place off track (not suitable for buggies).
  • Booking is essential (0404 45425)
  • All our events are free of charge.

Events for August

Download a pdf of our August events: AUGUST EVENTS 2019

Art Classes – Fridays in August

Over four weeks, draw and paint the nature of Glendalough.

When: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Friday 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th August

Where: National Park Education Centre, Upper Lake, Glendalough

Logisitics:

  • These art classes are aimed at adults.
  • Attendees are required to bring their own art materials.
  • Booking is essential (0404 45425)
  • All our events are free of charge.

Bat Talk & Walk – Tuesday 13th August

Our Bat Talk is family friendly, suitable for all ages. After the talk, we shall head over to watch the Pipistrelle bats emerge from their roost in the Information Office. We shall then walk through the woods with bat detectors picking up their calls as they feed.

When & Where:

  • 7.30 p.m. – Bat Talk in the Education Centre, Upper Lake, Glendalough
  • 8.30 p.m. – Bat Walk at the National Park Information Office, Upper Lake, Glendalough

Logisitics:

  • Suitable for all ages.
  • Visitors are advised to bring midge repellent and a torch.
  • Booking is not required.
  • All our events are free of charge.

Heritage Week: Nature & St. Kevin – Sunday 18th August

St. Kevin founded the monastic settlement at Glendalough, way back in c.600 AD. There are many stories of his close links to nature. This walk shall explore those close ties.

When: 11 a.m.

Where: National Park Information Office, Upper Lake, Glendalough

Logisitics:

  • Suitable for adults and teens.
  • Booking is essential (0404 45425).
  • All our events are free of charge.

Heritage Week: Birds of the Avonmore River – Tuesday 20th August

The Avonmore River is particularly special because much of it flows through deciduous woodland. This makes the river an ideal habitat not just for upland river birds such as Dippers, but also for river birds that nest in trees such as Goosanders. In addition, the woods are home to woodpeckers, red squirrels and pine martens. Guest speaker, Oran O’Sullivan shall be telling us all about them. Event in conjunction with Wicklow Co. Co.)

When: 7 p.m.

Where: National Park Education Centre, Upper Lake, Glendalough

Logisitics:

  • Suitable for adults and teens.
  • Booking is not required.
  • All our events are free of charge.

Heritage Week: Butterfly Watch

The old mines of Glendalough are home to a very special butterfly – the Grayling. It is a master of disguise, well camouflaged on the slag heaps. We shall have a guide on duty to introduce you to this special little creature.

When: Noon to 4 p.m.

Where: Miners’ Village, Upper Lake, Glendalough (Note – The Miners’ Village is a 30 minute walk from the Upper Lake car park.)

Logisitics:

  • Suitable for all ages.
  • This event is weather dependent. The butterflies only fly in warm, preferably sunny weather.
  • Booking is not required.
  • All our events are free of charge.

Nature Explorers – Every Wednesday in July & August

See above.

Moth Trapping – Every Friday

National Park staff monitor moth  populations by live trapping, recording and releasing moths on a weekly basis. The trap is opened every Friday at 9 a.m. If you are interested in watching, please phone us in advance. 0404 45656.

When: 9 a.m. (to approx. 10 a.m.)

Where: National Park Education Centre, Miners’ Road, Upper Lake, Glendalough

Logisitics:

  • Suitable for adults or families.
  • All our events are free of charge.
  • Booking is essential. To book, please phone 0404 45656.

Nature Walks – any time

If you would like your own private Nature Walk, please just ask. If we have staff available, we are very happy to show you the often hidden nature of Glendalough. A Nature Walk can be a general look at everything, or if you would like we can focus on a theme – flowers, trees, birds, butterflies, etc.

When: Any time between 9 a.m. and 5.30 p.m.

Where: Walks usually start from the National Park Information, Miners’ Road, Upper Lake, Glendalough, but can vary on request.

Logisitics:

  • Suitable for adults or families.
  • All our events are free of charge.
  • Booking is essential. To book, please phone 0404 45656.