Events

We have a reduced number of events this year. We may organise an event at short notice; this will be advertised on our Facebook page.

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@housing.gov.ie

Bat Talk (7:30 pm) & Bat Walk (8:30 pm)

Date: Thursday 11th August

Location: Bat Talk at the Education Centre, Upper Lake , Glendalough

followed by a Bat Walk starting at the Information Office, Upper Lake, Glendalough (A98R221)

Parking: Park at the Upper Lake Car Park (A98W778). Parking charge applies.

Free of charge. Booking is not required. This event is weather dependent. Please bring a torch and insect repellent. For more information, please phone 0404 45425.

Wildlife Gardening (Heritage Week Event)

Date: Sunday 21st August, 11 am

Location: Education Centre, Upper Lake , Glendalough

Parking: Park at the Upper Lake Car Park (A98W778). Parking charge applies.

Join one of our Education Guides, Gillian Stewart, as she introduces you to the variety of creatures, great and small, that call her garden home. Gillian, a totally amateur gardener, has been on a gradual voyage of discovery as she slowly moved from traditional gardening to wildlife gardening. In fact, the voyage is continuing year on year. She shall discuss what worked, and what didn’t, as she created habitats within her garden.

The event consists of a lecture in the Education Centre, followed by a short stroll around the Sensory and Wildlife Garden at the Information Office. Attendants shall be encouraged to share their own experiences.

Free of charge. Booking is required. For more information, please phone 0404 45425.

Star Gazing with the Irish Astronomical Society

Date: To be confirmed. Autumn.

Location: Upper Lake , Glendalough

Parking: Park at the Upper Lake Car Park (A98W778). Parking charge applies.

The Irish Astronomical Society have kindly agreed to host a start gazing event at Glendalough this autumn. However, the date shall be decided at short notice, when weather conditions are known.

If you are interested in this event, please email us. We shall send out notifications 2-3 days in advance.

Free of charge. Booking is required. This event is weather dependent. Please bring a torch and insect repellent. For more information, please phone 0404 45425.

 

Summer Lecture Series

Location: National Park Education Centre, Miners’ Road, Glendalough (A98AP99).

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Parking: Park at the Upper Lake Car Park (A98W778). Parking charge applies.

Booking: Are lectures are free of charge, but please phone to book a seat. To book,

  • email wickloweducationcentre@housing.gov.ie
  • Phone the Information Office 0404 45425
  • Phone the Education Centre 0404 45656

 

The Spirit of the River: A Quest for the Kingfisher

Speaker: Declan Murphy, Wicklow-based author, speaker and birder.

Date: Thursday 4th August, 7:30 p.m.

Listen to the story of Declan’s quest to see and study kingfishers at a local river. Along the way he experienced other wildlife too.

 

Family Bat Talk

Speaker: The National Park’s Education Team

Date: Thursday 11th August, 7:30 p.m. (Followed by an optional Bat Walk at 8:30 p.m.)

Bloodsuckers? Blind as a bat? All just myths! Come along and discover the real facts about our Irish bats and how they are supremely adapted to their nocturnal lifestyle. This event is family friendly and suitable for all ages. Booking is not required for this event – all are welcome.

 

Wild Woods: The Magic of Ireland’s Native Woodlands

Speaker: Richard Nairn, Ecologist & author

Date: Thursday 18th August, 7:30 p.m.

Discover the timeless beauty of our native wild woods. How were they used in the past? And why are they so important for our future?

 

Cooldross Breeding Lapwing Programme

Speaker: Jason Monaghan, Conservation Ranger, NPWS

Date: Thursday 25th August, 7:30 p.m.

Lapwing is a rapidly declining species in Ireland. This, and other red-listed waders and ground-nesting birds, are being encouraged to breed on the lagoons and salt meadows of the NPWS owned lands at Cooldross, Kilcoole. Jason shall describe the amazing work being done here, and the encouraging results.

 

Family Fun Days

Location: National Park Education Centre, Miners’ Road, Glendalough (A98AP99).

Time: Tuesdays in July & August, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Parking: Park at the Upper Lake Car Park (A98W778). Parking charge applies.

Family Fun Days consist of art, nature detective walks, treasure hunts and bug safaris.

Booking: Free of charge, but booking is essential. To book, email wickloweducationcentre@housing.gov.ie

9 Aug: Bats in the attic & bat silhouette art session.

16 Aug: Woodland themed treasure hunt and clay modelling session.

23 Aug: Lapwing art session.