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Connect with Nature on the Hill of The O’Neill!

22 September 2017

A new outdoor activities programme for schools launched at Hill of The O’Neill!

Have you ever taken part in a bug hunt or created a piece of artwork from the leaves, branches and blossoms found in parks and gardens? 

These outdoor activities, and many more, are now taking place at Hill of The O’Neill Heritage Park in Dungannon as part of the award-winning Education Programme at this historic site. The environmental programme is being facilitated by the Northern Ireland Forest Schools Association (NIFSA).

The programme was launched this week at Hill of The O’Neill and Ranfurly House. Representatives from Northern Ireland Forest School Association and teachers and Primary 2 pupils from Dungannon Primary School attended.

The Primary 2 class at Dungannon primary School have already commenced their Forest School Programme and Gaelscoil Aodha Rua and St Patrick’s Primary School, Dungannon, will also be participating in 6 week programmes with NIFSA during this school year.

Speaking at the launch, Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Kim Ashton said, “I am delighted that the Northern Ireland Forest Schools Association has joined with Mid Ulster District Council in order to offer environmental activities to our local schools. The Hill of The O’Neill is a superb public park that children will now be able to use as an outdoor classroom and the fact that the education programme at the site was recently awarded a Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) Quality Badge speaks volumes about the quality of the experience the children will receive.”

For more information on the environmental programme, or to make enquiries about any aspect of the Education Programme at Hill of The O’Neill & Ranfurly House, contact the Education Officer, Peter Lant at 028 8772 8600 or email peter.lant@midulstercouncil.org

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