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School Workshops

Our workshops focus on getting the pupils engaged in the subject matter. Whether that is dissecting a fish, finding the source of a river on a map or identifying water quality indicator species in a river sample.

Fish Dissection

This involves a lesson based around the anatomy and life cycle of one of the various local species of fish such as trout and is supplemented by a dissection demonstration. Not for the faint hearted.

Marine Discovery Tank

This involves a closer look at some of the marine life commonly found in rock pools along our coast. Crabs, starfish, whelks, hermit crabs, oyster, mussel, etc and different types seaweed are investigated with discussions around adaptation, life cycle, food chain and anatomy.

Biodegrading Challenge

Unfortunately, litter is a problem in our rivers. This short workshop investigates how long every day items take to biodegrade. It also brings in the concepts of reduce, reuse, refuse and recycle and encourages participates to deal with their waste responsibly

Tour of the working building

A behind the scenes tour of the Loughs Agency will look at the conservation and protection work we do. Pupils will see a range of equipment including boats that we use to protect the fishery as well as observe some of the items retrieved from illegal fishing activity. An interesting insight into the work of a conservation agency.

Pond Dipping/Bug Workshop

A river invertebrate (or bug) sample is investigated to identify the range of mini beasts living in the river. The identified creatures are allocated a score out of 10 for their tolerance to water pollution. A few simple calculations can then reveal a water quality score for the river based on the biological findings. A great combination of critters and calculations.

Map Work

Maps provide us with a great overview of the world around us. In this workshop, using large maps, pupils can find their school, community and discover its proximity to the local waterway. They can then trace back from the source to sea, looking at the tributaries and the journey the river makes on its way.


Micro-plastics are a massive problem in the marine environment.  Tiny particles of plastics float in the water column and can be consumed by fish, marine mammals and birds.  In this workshop pupils sieve a sand sample looking for plastics, identifying their source and consider alternative options that cause less harm on the environment.

The visitor centre is the perfect place for a fun, but educational, trip. There are no costs or admission charges, it’s weatherproof, there are activity packs that link perfectly with the curriculum and your group visit will be guided by our Education Officer.



Following the Government’s advice in relation to COVID-19, Loughs Agency has put in place a number of measures to maximise our capacity to continue to deliver our services as best we can.