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Nature Explorers

May – September 

Explore habitats and biodiversity. Learn about food chains and lifecycles. Using identification keys, magnifying glasses, bug viewers, butterfly and pond dipping nets discover the wonderful world of nature and become an amateur naturalist for the day. Create your own woodland creature that tells the story of your journey through the demesne.



The Rocket Launch

What are rockets? How do they work?

Learn the history and science behind a rocket launch, design and build your very own ballistic rocket and launch it to the International Space Station. Who will successfully dock with the ISS? Whose rocket will travel the furthest?

Birr Castle float your boat

Float Your Boat – Engineering

Inspired by Charles Parsons, learn the science behind boats. How does a boat float? Design and build a variety of boats and test their maximum cargo limit, speed and tracking. Evaluate and improve design and race your balloon powered boats in our outdoor pond


Plant Hunters

Let’s delve into the world of plants and trees by exploring seeds, what they need to disperse, germinate and grow. Follow in the footsteps of the current Earl of Rosse and his plant hunting expeditions. Learn how to make compostable plant pots and plant seeds of your very own.  From small seeds, mighty oaks grow.

Birr Castle Great Telescope - Science and Education, Ireland

The Great Telescope

Great astronomical discoveries were made in Birr. It was home to the largest telescope in the world for 75 years and is now home to I-LOFAR, an enormous international radio telescope. Join us as we share the story of the 3rd Earl, Mary Rosse and their incredible feat of designing and building the Leviathan! What did they discover when they looked further into space than anybody had done before? Learn about light, how a telescope works and build your very own mini telescope.

Dillon blindfold

Common Sense – Nature Awareness

How do our senses compare with those of animals? How do our senses work when put to the test in isolation? Can we still taste if we can’t smell? Can we identify smell if we can’t see? How good are our senses of sight and hearing? Using full immersion games, activities and experiments we will learn about our human senses and how they work. We will learn some amazing facts about animal senses, why they developed and how we compare. What are the super senses that we don’t have? Are we really the top animal on the planet? Be prepared for some surprises.


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