Bealtaine Festival of Outdoor Science 2015
The Copper Coast Geopark took part in the Bealtaine Festival of Outdoor Science 2015 with two events for National Schools and two for the general public.
Copper Coast Guide Alan Walsh took pupils from Passage East National School on an interactive walk exploring the formation of the bog, looking at the many plants and animals that live there.
Copper Coast Guide Bruce Mc Donald spent the morning introducing the skills of foraging and wildlife exploration to Glor na Mara Tramore National School, along the rocky sea shore at scenic Kilfarrasy beach.
A presentation by Tina Keating Copper Coast Geologist/Gemmologist was hosted by Garter Lane Gallery. This introduction to the fascinating world of gemstones demonstrated why some are prized more highly than others and how similar looking gems can be distinguished from one another. Afterwards, participants had a chance to use some of the equipment involved such as microscopes, spectroscopes and diamond testers.
The Beach Mosaic served as a dual event marking the closure of Bealtaine and the beginning of EGN (European Geopark Network) Week. A giant mosaic was constructed using the natural materials found on the shore, learning about the importance of beach cleaning and biodiversity through a fun artistic creation.
Bealtaine and European Geoparks Week
We would like to thank all the visiting artists, professionals and our own copper coast guides who helped make our Bealtaine and European Geoparks Week events such a success again this year. Our programmes included a great variety of events from prehistoric smelting techniques to modern technology used in gem identification and radio transmission and from ancient landscapes and fossils to our living shoreline and bog land. We really enjoyed working with our new participants and were also delighted to welcome back our loyal and long standing friends who take part each year. We really do appreciate your enthusiasm and generosity of time and spirit.