Perfect for home schoolers, an Ecotrail is an educational resource (for Key Stage 2-3) to navigate and explore the local environment using an orienteering map. Study Geography, History and Science in a fun way, with some Physical Education along the trail!

To get going, choose a location near you from the list below and click through to download and print the Ecotrail map, Guide to the Ecotrail, the Activity Booklet and Tree Identification Chart. At each of the locations you should find a post with the code E1, E2, E3 etc, but do check the notes in case there has been a notification that the post is no longer in place. Note also that some of the website suggestions in the Activity Booklet are no longer valid.

In most locations there are also posts for orienteering with the codes 1, 2, 3 etc. Maybe after you have finished the Ecotrail you could have a go at the orienteering course.


Co. Antrim

Co. Armagh

Co. Down

Co. Fermanagh

Co. Londonderry

  • Dungiven Castle and Priory – Ecotrail out of commission.
  • Prehen Wood

Co. Tyrone

Alternatively, search on a map of Northern Ireland with a list of all Ecotrails and Permanent Orienteering Courses.

Have a look at the DIY Orienteering page to find out how you can go orienteering with a smartphone!

Share your adventures with us on the NIOA Facebook we would love to see the photos!

Follow the website of your local club or hub or facebook pages.

Finally, any questions do not hesitate to contact our development officer Juls Hanvey on

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