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Workshops bring Science to life in your classroom or in the stunning grounds of Emo Court, Co. Laois, in the very heart of Ireland. As Emo Court is a SFI accredited Discover Centre your school can gain credit towards your Science Foundation Ireland Discover Science and Maths Awards by taking part in one of our workshops in Emo Court.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do the workshops link to the curriculum?

The workshops are designed to support primary science, geography and PE curricula. Teachers are supplied with Teacher's Notes for each workshop.


How do I organise a school trip?

Ring Edel directly on 087 7741846 or Email: info@laoisoutdooreducation.ie


Is there a maximum group size for school groups?

We recommend that the maximum number in a group should not exceed 30 children. (The smaller the group, the more each child stands to gain from a workshop).

How can I prepare my class for one of the workshops?

It is unnecessary to prepare your class in advance of the workshops. However Leave No Trace Ireland has an interactive, downloadable resource available at www.leavenotraceschools.org which promises to be a fun way to teach and learn about how to behave in the outdoors.


Are teaching resources available for use before, during and after my class visit to Emo Court?

Yes. Free teaching and learning resources based on Emo Court are available here curtesy of Laois Education Centre. The website includes information, ideas and worksheets for teachers. There are suggestions for work in English, History, Art, Science and Geography.


Who guides my group?

The group will be led by an experienced and qualified environmental educator. Together we'll explore Emo's woodland and water habitats.


Is my guide Garda vetted?

Yes. All Laois Outdoor Education staff have undergone Garda vetting and cannot work with children or vulnerable persons unless they have been vetted by the National Vetting Bureau.

Are there toilets and hand-washing facilities in Emo Court?

Toilets are located at the car park and in the Tea Rooms.


Is there somewhere for our coach to park?

There is ample parking for coaches in the carpark beside the house.


Is it possible to take a tour of the house while we're there?

Yes. The house is open from the end of March until the end of September. For more detailed information on opening times visit www.heritageireland.ie/en/midlands-eastcoast/emocourt The average length of the visit is one hour.


Do I need to book a school visit of the house?

Do I need to book a school visit of the house? Please book your visit of the house in advance. There should be a ratio of one adult to every 10 children. Teachers and accompanying adults are responsible for children's behaviour. Ring the OPW directly at Emo Court to arrange. For contact details visit www.heritageireland.ie/en/midlands-eastcoast/emocourt


How much does it cost for my school group to take a tour of the house?

Groups from schools with their teachers are admitted free of charge to the house.


Is there somewhere to eat in Emo Court?

Yes. There are picnic benches near the car park. Also the Emo Court tea rooms are located beside the main house in the Dower House. For opening times see www.heritageireland.ie/en/midlands-eastcoast/emocourt


What's the wheelchair access like?

There is wheelchair access to the gardens and tea rooms. Access to the house is limited.


What should we bring with us for the workshop?

Only a packed lunch and suitable clothing. See below.

What clothing should children be advised to wear during the workshops?

If your school has a school tracksuit, that would be ideal. If it's wet & cold, appropriate waterproof and warm clothing/shoes will be needed with extra layers to change into if anyone should get wet. We would recommend that wellies are worn, however if the kids don't have wellies, ask them to pack a change of socks. If it's hot, children should be advised to bring a sun hat and their own sunscreen.

Is a Risk Assessment available for the workshops?

Yes, on booking your workshop we'll send you out a risk assessment.

I still have some questions

Just ring Edel on 087 7741846 or Email: info@laoisoutdooreducation.ie