Learning & Resources
A wide range of education programmes and fieldwork opportunities are available within the Geopark. There are over forty sites contained within the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark many of which make excellent ‘outdoor classrooms’ and are regularly used by pre-school, primary, secondary, tertiary and life-long learning students.
We aim to provide hands on learning experiences that will further students knowledge and understanding in the subject areas of geology, biodiversity, tourism and science. Within the Geopark, the main focal areas for the delivery of education programmes and initiatives are Marble Arch Caves, Marble Arch National Nature Reserve, Cuilcagh Mountain Park and Cavan Burren Park.
Education and Fieldwork Opportunities for 4 – 11 year olds
The following programmes are available:
Marble Arch Caves – guided Tour
Limestone Landscapes Investigation
Woodland and Habitat Studies
Click Geopark Education Offering 4-11 years to download our Education and Fieldwork Opportunities Leaflet
Limestone Landscapes Investigation at Marble Arch Caves
Education and Fieldwork Opportunities for 11 – 18 year olds
A range of opportunities are available in the following areas:
Geology & Geography
Leisure & Tourism
Click Geopark Education Offering 11-18 years to download our Education and Fieldwork Opportunities Leaflet
Peatland Studies on Cuilcagh Mountain Park
An Earth Science Education Field Guide is available for AS/A2 Level Geology and Leaving Certificate Geography teachers. This is a self-led study guide with information on sites to visit and the features of interest within them. This field guide also contains basic geological information for those teachers with limited experience of teaching Earth Science.
A wide range of opportunities exist for tertiary level studies. The Geopark has produced a short booklet with information on areas to study as well as logistical information for any University group wishing to use the Geopark. The Geopark has access to specialist geological information and bespoke tours/programmes can be developed if required.
Life Long Learning
Education and training in a variety of relevant subject areas are frequently offered for adults and the Geopark also engages with universities to promote scientific research in subjects such as Earth Sciences and Environmental Studies.
All available programmes can be tailored to meet the needs of the school/students, and in certain instances can be run in conjunction with each other. Bespoke programmes can be offered where groups have specific requirements so please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss this further. Students receive a workbook to accompany their fieldwork and teachers can avail of additional teaching resources if required.
The Marble Arch Caves Visitor Centre which is located in a National Nature Reserve in the shadows of Cuilcagh Mountain and has coach and car parking, a classroom area with seating for 35 people (that can be booked in advance of your visit), toilets, souvenir shop, restaurant, exhibition area, free audio-visual presentation and free Wi-Fi.
The recently developed Cavan Burren Park also boasts excellent visitor facilities including an unmanned visitor centre, five walking trails (which include a multi-access trail), picnic tables, coach and car parking and toilet facilities.
Health & Safety
Health and safety is of paramount important. All our education and fieldwork programmes are risk assessed regularly and led by suitably experienced staff.
Geopark Staff members also carry out visits to schools and organise special educational events at various times throughout the year. The Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark hosts interactive earth science based workshops twice a year which include activities such as learning how caves form, making your own volcano and earthquake simulation. Continuous Professional Development (CPD) courses for teachers are offered on a regular basis.
Students learning about meteorites during Science Week