Engage with Nature

This is a dynamic school and garden website designed and managed by Dúlra Éireann that will assist teachers, students and gardeners in creating a sustainable environment and combating climate change. 

About Engaging with Nature

Engage with Nature website will also make available month by month instructions and resources for working with the seasons by cultivating school gardens; creating habitats; exploring the environment and understanding our place in it.  It is by learning to love the natural environment that pupils can be persuaded to change practice and to motivate the adults in their lives to do the same.  It is also the key to personal wellbeing and to promoting positive climate change action

Hello - I'm Paddy Madden

Dr. Paddy Madden lives in County Kildare and has been an advocate of school gardening for decades. He is a former primary teacher and spent 16 years working as a lecturer in social, environmental and scientific education in a College of Education. He has co-designed 7 school gardens for Bloom and organised 6 school garden conferences with SEED (www.schoolearthed.ie). He is a founder member of this organisation which has been promoting school gardening since 2010. Paddy is a Heritage in School specialist since 1999 and visits schools regularly to engage children with nature. Paddy is author of Go Wild at School (3rd ed.) and The School Garden: What to Do When to Do it (2nd ed.). 

Gardening & Nature

Videos & Resource Material

Over 40 videos and PDFs to help everyone create different aspects within school and home gardens at all stages throughout the year.  This list of videos is being added to every month.  In the YouTube channel, click the subscript button and hit the notification bell and you will be informed when new videos go online. View images of nature and resource material.  

Meet the Team

Paddy Madden

Environmentalist, author and video presenter.

Éamonn Ó Murchú

Photographer and creator of Monthly Images. Éamonn Ó Murchú hails from Listowel, Co Kerry, a town renowned for its writers and storytellers, where he was taught by “The Master”, his lifelong friend, Bryan MacMahon. He was Principal in Dublin for thirty years, is now retired, and works part-time as tutor in Marino Institute of Education. Among his many skills Éamonn has an expertise in photography which incorporates capturing and recording nature’s moments in time!

Des Murtagh

Vlogger, video editor and website designer.