Killarney National Park Education Centre


Killarney National Park Education Centre is a non-profit making entity,  run under the joint auspices of the Kerry Education & Training Board (through Cappanalea Outdoor Education Centre) and The National Parks and Wildlife Service.   The Centre is based in Knockreer House, the last of the Kenmare mansions, which is situated on a hill close to the town of Killarney and has spectacular views over the National Park. Please scroll down to find out more about what we do and who we are.

The mission statement of the Centre is:

"To run educational courses and activities within Killarney National Park that will promote knowledge, understanding, enjoyment and appreciation of the natural environment for all."

Knockreer House
Knockreer House

Our ethos is based very much on a hands-on approach to learning about nature, and it is hoped that through this the participant will become more aware of the value of an unspoilt environment and the need for conservation. Below is a short quote from Arthur Vincent describing one of the future roles he had envisaged for Killarney National Park:

"I want especially to have the young people come to Muckross to trail those mountains and to enjoy nature in all its aspects. I hope that Muckross will be made a real garden of friendship…"

Arthur Vincent, 1876-1956, Senator and Donor of the Bourn Vincent Memorial Park.

What we do:

We work with groups from all backgrounds, ages and abilities, including primary schools, post-primary schools, third level institutions, tour groups, youth groups and also provide facilities and programmes for the general public and the corporate sector.

Hostel accommodation is available for use for groups who are visiting the National Park to avail of services offered by the Education Centre.