Field Trips @ Gartan OETC

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We are so fortunate to be based on an 87 acre woodland estate rich in flora and fauna and ideal for hosting school field trips. Our accessible study location is only a 20 minute drive from Letterkenny in County Donegal.

We offer sessions for primary school pupils on biodiversity, leave no trace and people and place educational tours.

Leaving Certificate Geography

Transition Year, 5th Year and Leaving Certificate students preparing for the 2017 and 2018 exams can access our Leaving Certificate Geography and Biology Field studies programme.  These programmes will be delivered within our 87-acre estate in Church Hill, Co Donegal or at nearby coastlines in Donegal.

This practical programme is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to complete the Leaving Certificate Geography Investigation Report workbook.  Pupils  develop skills in fieldwork, observation, use of test equipment, sampling, data recording and analysis, and data presentation.

Leaving Certificate Biology (Ecology)

Gartan OETC provides ecology studies in a woodland, bogland or seashore habitat. Students will use the following techniques prescribed for the mandatory tasks: Line Transect Quantitative and Qualitative Study Identify 5 Flora and 5 Fauna using simple keys capturing invertebrate and small mammals. Measuring and analysis of abiotic factors, construct food chains, food webs and a pyramid of numbers.

Gartan OETC can also provide field studies in a habitat in your own locality with all the necessary equipment.

Our field ctusy programmes include presentations, trip to site, featured study and report writing guidelines.

All course equipment is provided.

Minimum 2 tutors per group of more than 18 participants.

Glacial and Coastal Studies are also available, please contact the Centre.


Teacher comments:

“…..The students really enjoyed it.  Will start write up right away tomorrow, which won’t be any bother thanks to your entire organisation today and the excellent presentation.”

Geography Teacher, Deele College, Raphoe

Geography Teacher, Deele College, Raphoe

“Gartan’s preparation is faultless which ensures that the day runs smoothly. Booklets, notes and PowerPoint presentations are to a high quality. The students get excellent direction and are active and engaged and most importantly they understand and learn.”

Geography Teacher, Gairmscoil Mhic Diarmada, Arranmore Island

“…..You’ve made our job much easier.  Appreciate that so much.  The layout of the day was excellent and your presentation also”.

Geography Teacher, Mulroy College, Milford.


“The field trip was very well organised, all necessary materials and equipment were provided, and students were fully engaged in all activities – A very enjoyable, educational, stress free day for all”.

Biology Teacher, Mulroy College, Milford

 “I found the field trip innovative and the instructors were refreshing and informative”.

Student, Mulroy College Ecology Field Trip

The Centre delivers programmes to suit Transition Year and Junior Certificate students. Students are introduced to a variety of field studies techniques (both in geography and/or ecology) and can be integrated with an outdoor adventure activity.

Contact the Centre for more details and to book.

Tel: 074 91 37032

Email: [email protected]