Science and Nature Workshops

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Call: 087 7741846

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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:

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 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.

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 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

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

What's the wheelchair access like?

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

I still have some questions

Just ring Edel on 087 7741846 or Email: