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YOUrALPS

Educating Youth for the Alps: (re)connecting Youth and Mountain heritage for an inspiring future in the Alps

Weltweit diagnostizieren Expertinnen und Experten einen Mangel an Verbundenheit junger Menschen zu ihrem Lebensraum. Bei Jugendlichen aus der Alpenregion führt dies zu einem Verlust an Identifikation mit den Alpen und des Wissens über diese. "Mountain-orientated education" (MOE) spielt eine wesentliche Rolle, wenn es darum geht, jüngeren Generationen Sensibilität wie auch Wissen über das kulturelle und natürliche Erbe der Alpen, insbesondere hinsichtlich der durch dieses Erbe hervorgehenden Zukunftsmöglichkeiten, zu vermitteln. Während im informellen Bildungsbereich gegenwärtig schon einige Bildungsprogramme dieser Art existieren, stellt im formellen Bildungsbereich die Entwicklung eines Ansatzes einer MOE im ganzen Alpenraum nach wie vor eine große Herausforderung dar.

Ziele des Projekts

Der VNÖ beteiligt sich als einer von 13 Projektpartnern am Projekt „YOUth foR the ALPS – (re)connecting youth-nature-mountains for an inspiring future in the Alps (YOUrALPS)“, das im „Alpine Space Programm“ der EU durchgeführt wird. Inhalt des Projekts ist die Vernetzung engagierter Menschen aus dem institutionellen und dem nicht-institutionellen Bildungsbereich im Alpenraum.

Ziel dieser Vernetzung ist es, bei jungen Menschen

  • das Wissen über und das Bewusstsein für die Natur und Kultur der Alpen zu stärken,
  • das Knowhow, das relevant für das Leben in den Alpen ist, weiterzugeben und so
  • die Identifikation der Jugend mit ihrer Lebensumwelt, den Alpen, zu festigen.

Für den VNÖ ist das Projekt eine gute Gelegenheit, das erfolgreiche Modell der „Naturpark-Schulen“ international zu verbreiten und gleichzeitig im Austausch mit den anderen Alpenländern auch weiterzuentwickeln. 

Inhalte und Aktivitäten

Das Projekt verfolgt zwei innovative Ansätze:

  • Aufbau einer Kooperationsstruktur: Erstmals werden Akteure aus unterschiedlichen Sektoren in einer alpinen Kooperationsstruktur zusammengebracht.
  • Entwicklung eines „Alpinen-Schul-Modells“: Ein übertragbares "Alpines-Schul-Modell" wird erarbeitet und getestet, dem ein bottom-up-Ansatz, der sowohl die Teilnahme Jugendlicher als auch die Einbeziehung von Entscheidungsträgern inkludiert, zu Grunde liegt.

Die Basis hierfür bildet ein die Praktiken und Strategien von MOE im formellen und informellen Bildungssektor vergleichender Bericht. Parallel hierzu wird für den Austausch und die Entwicklung des Modells eine Webplattform eingerichtet. Das Modell wird in mehreren Pilot-Aktionen, unter Einbeziehung von beispielsweise berufsbildenden Schulen oder Universitäten und in Kooperation mit informellen Bildungseinrichtungen, getestet.
Das Projekt hat sowohl kurz- als auch langfristige Auswirkungen, da das darin erarbeitete Modell direkten Nutzen für die Auszubildenden, Lehrenden und involvierten Entscheidungsträger mit sich bringt und auch künftige Generationen hiervon profitieren werden. YOUrALPS wird neue Möglichkeiten für Jugendliche schaffen, ihr Verantwortungsgefühl wie auch Engagement im Sinne einer besseren Gestaltung ihrer Zukunft in und für Alpenregion zu erhöhen.

Sammlung von Good Practice Beispielen zur bergorientierten Bildung

In der vom VNÖ erarbeiteten Sammlung mit Beispielen aus der bergorientierten Bildung finden sich Beispiele aus fünf Ländern  von Gymnasien oder anderen weiterführenden Schulen, in denen Jugendliche in Schutzgebieten z.B. die Auswirkungen des Klimawandels untersuchen, sich mit der Wassergüte von Seen oder auch der regionalen Geschichte beschäftigen. Ebenso gibt es mehrere Beispiele von Organisationen, die verschiedenen Zielgruppen den Zugang zu den Bergen ermöglichen; hier reicht das Spektrum von Volksschulkindern, die das erste Mal in einer Berghütte übernachten, bis zu Menschen mit Behinderung.

Die Sammlung der europäischen Good Practice Beispiele (in englischer Sprache) können Sie kostenlos herunterladen: PDF-Download Collection of good practice Examples

Austria

Germany

Nature Experience Center Allgäu

Description:
Sponsoring organization: BUND Naturschutz, an environment protection organization throughout Germany.
The nature experience centre is a centre for environmental education with residence in the AlpSeeHaus in Immenstadt-Bühl, which coordinates activities for environmental education and environmentally compatible nature- experience-tourism all over Allgäu.

Goals:
We want to share our joy about nature with others – and thereby promote the responsible handling of our environment and our fellow human beings. In the sense of the BNE, we want to increase our competence to find our own solutions for complex challenges (e.g. with programs about energy/climate, ecological footprint, globalization by the example of mobile phones etc.)

Main target groups:
Kindergarten, schools, companies, associations, youth-groups, adult-groups, teenagers (e.g. simply-living-tour/„Einfach-Leben-Tour“)

Aspects of organisation:

  • Tours for Kindergartens (1,5 h - 3,5 h)
  • Programmes for schools: 2 hours or nature-experience-programmes taking several days
  • A mobile team of experienced environmental educators visits your Kindergarten/school Group-offers: Excursion with a company, an association, youth-groups or adult-groups
  • Indoor activity room
  • Natural adventure kids birthday parties
  • Open offers (e.g. excursions, creative workshop)
  • Vacation programmes (day-care programmes taking several days (e.g. camping, tours)
  • For teenagers between 12 and 16 years we provide an exciting youth-wilderness-camp (5 days)
  • Training and workshops for nature lovers, forest owners, environmental educators, educators and teachers

There is a close collaboration with other environment-education-establishments and with community and tourism experts that support a sustainable, gentle tourism in Allgäu, which sees a well-preserved environment as its most important resource.

Contact:
Natuerlebniszentrum Allgäu
Andreas Güthler (Geschäftsführer)
Tel.: +49 (0)8323/9988-761
E-Mail: Andreas.guethler@NEZ-Allgaeu.de
www.nez-allgaeu.de


Education Centre “House of the Mountains”

Description:
The “House of the Mountains“ lies on the outskirts of Berchtesgaden with a direct view of the National Park. The National Park Center is divided into an information center, an education center and an experience area and is run by the National Park Administration.

Goals:
The aim of the house is to inspire people to visit real nature in the National Park. The programmes of the education centre serve the purpose of preparing or post-processing an exhibition or the visit of the National Park.

Main target groups:
Kindergartens, schools, children and youth groups, multipliers (teachers, educators)

Aspects of organisation:
Various offers. Examples:

  • A biannually changing winter and summer programme with countless offers of interactive programmes (duration: 2-8 hours).
  • The National Park children and youth groups meet for group lessons in the education center.
  • Offers for multipliers about individual topics (students who want to become teachers, Kindergarten teachers, colleagues of other UB organizations).
  • “Explorer week“ for different schools as 2-3 day programmes. (in combination with excursions to the National Park).
  • “Media camp“: 4 day event for teenagers between 13 and15 years of age in the summer holidays (incl. 2 day excursion to the National Park)


Contact:
Bildungszentrum „Haus der Berge“, Nationalparkverwaltung Berchtesgaden
Andrea Heiß (Leiterin Sachgebiet Umweltbildung)
Tel.: 0049 (0)8652 9868 118
E-Mail: andrea.heiss@npv-bgd.bayern.de
www.haus-der-berge.bayern.de


National park Children and Youth Groups

Description:
5 groups, each with 10-15 children, meet for 2 hours on a weekly basis. They explore and discover nature in their local environment, experience the different seasons, play, do handicrafts, build camps and much more. The kids are usually part of the group for several years, which enables a continuous and sustainable education and, by including the whole family, contributes to a higher acceptance of the National Park.In this activity students learn how to conduct fieldwork to analyse and evaluate the water quality level by considering significant parameters. This activity is repeated twice every year (in autumn and in spring) to show how these parameters change over the year. The activity is carried out at two collection points. Students evaluate the concentration of nitrogen, phosphates, PH and temperature at two different water levels (namely the water surface and at a water depth of 8 metres). Two samples are collected at different points and then analysed at the school’s laboratory with appropriate instruments. For each parameter, a form is completed to report on the concentration and measurement method.

Goals:
The kids should establish a positive relationship towards nature as early as possible. They are the decision makers of tomorrow. Further goals are communicating the NP idea, enhancing the understanding for protection measures, and promoting a sustainable lifestyle.

Main target groups:
Children between 6 and16 years of age from the region.

Aspects of organisation:
Since the foundation of this programme it has been in stable demand. Normally sisters and brothers or friends and relatives follow. This works great in primary school, but once the children change for different schools, further marketing measures are necessary (e.g. via newspapers).

Contact:
National park administration Berchtesgaden
Julia Herzog (pedagogic employee for environmental education)
Tel.: 0049 (0)8652 979060-14
E-Mail: julia.herzog@npv-bgd.bayern.de
www.nationalpark-berchtesgaden.de/bildungsangebote/kinder_jugendgruppen

Italy

Monitoring water quality parameters of the Lake Garda

Description:
In this activity students learn how to conduct fieldwork to analyse and evaluate the water quality level by considering significant parameters. This activity is repeated twice every year (in autumn and in spring) to show how these parameters change over the year. The activity is carried out at two collection points. Students evaluate the concentration of nitrogen, phosphates, PH and temperature at two different water levels (namely the water surface and at a water depth of 8 metres). Two samples are collected at different points and then analysed at the school’s laboratory with appropriate instruments. For each parameter, a form is completed to report on the concentration and measurement method.

Goals:
Teach students how to analyse water quality through the evaluation of significant indicators.
On-field implementation of the concepts acquired in biology class.

Main target groups:
High school students with scientific curricula in their 2nd and 3rd year.

Aspects of organisation:
An individual school conducting this activity thanks to the support of professor Superti. She has conducted this activity with different classes since she started teaching in 1984; this means that hundreds of students have already taken part in this activity.

Contact:
Liceo /High School E.Fermi Salò (Brescia)
Luisa Superti (Professor)
E-Mail: bsps05000x@istruzione.it
www.liceofermisalo.gov.it


Rifugio Val Salarno -Refurbishment of an alpine refuge in Val Salarno

Description:
The project provides high school students with the relevant competencies to plan the rebuilding of a refuge in a mountain territory, namely using software for architectural design as well as photo editing and improving their presentation skills. The project is based on specific knowledge of the territory, the technical conditions of the building and the environmental context of the area. The project entails bilateral meetings with the director of Adamello Park to explain problems related to interventions on buildings in protected areas.

Goals:
Teach students how to develop a project of refurbishment of building/refuge in cooperation with the public institutions considering environmental characteristics of the territory and technical specifications of the structure.

Main target groups:
Students from high schools with curricula focusing on architectural, environmental and civil subjects.

Aspects of organisation:
This project involved students in the following activities:

  • 2 surveys in Val Salarno (8 hours each)
  • Meetings with the director of Adamello Park (2 hours)
  • Laboratory activities (20 hours)
  • Final presentation of the project (4 hours)

The project was carried out during the school year 2016–2017.

Contact:
Parco dell'Adamello
Anna Bonettini
E-Mail: anna.bonettini@parcoadamello.it
www.parcoadamello.it | www.life-arctos.it


LIFE Project ARCTOS

Description:
The project offers several educational activities to promote the overall knowledge of the brown bear:  from the biological characteristics to the importance of the bear’s natural habitat and the correct behaviour to preserve the animal’s and our own safety. The educational activities are articulated in the following ways:

  1. Competition between schools regarding the preparation of an artistic or multimedia product on the preservation of the brown bear.
  2. Distribution of information on this project at local schools to promote the its goals and activities;
  3. Training activities for teachers and field visits with students.
  4. Final dissemination events with the participation of students and their families.


Goals:
Action D4 of the project is targeted at schools of the alpine area with communication and dissemination activities. The goal of these activities, which will be carried out in the area of Adamello Park, Stelvio National Park and Orobie Valtellinesi Park, is to increase students’ awareness of the importance of the brown bear and its role in the alpine ecosystem.

Main target groups:
Primary and secondary schools students from the provinces of Sondrio, Brescia and Bergamo located in the alpine area.

Aspects of organisation:
Educational activities for schools in the area of the provinces of Bergamo, Sondrio and Brescia over the duration of the project (2010-2014). This project was part of the LIFE+ program (LIFE09 NAT/IT/000160) and all the activities carried out and their expenses were co-financed with the contribution of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Contact:
Parco dell'Adamello
Anna Bonettini
E-Mail: anna.bonettini@parcoadamello.it
www.parcoadamello.it | www.life-arctos.it


ALPS MEMORY

Description:
Interdisciplinary project (Geography, History, Italian, Science, Technology and Physical Education) of a secondary school emerging from the necessity of increasing young people’s knowledge of the territory, and aiming to avoid the progressive loss of historical identity and technical and manual competences...

Goals:
The main educational goal is to develop territorial awareness among young people of the enhancement and protection of the cultural and environmental heritage of our country, for the promotion of knowledge of and respect for environmental values in the Alpine region, which is fundamental for its defense from the environmental challenges of the present. The aims of this educational and teaching training are to:

  1. Design educational activities on geographic and historical topics that cover the first two years of secondary school, on the basis of environmental factors and demo-ethno-anthropological materials.
  2. Discover the historical value and characteristics of the territory to promote environmental protection in these challenging times.
  3. Propose environmental education as a means to reconnect young people to the territory

The final goal of this project is to create a laboratory for Alpine Culture and introduce it into the educational curriculum of schools in the Alpine Area.

Main target groups:
Secondary school students aged between 11 and 14 years. The goals to be achieved are

  • Knowledge and protection of the Alpine environment.
  • Personal development of the young regarding their specific alpine identity.
  • Increase the awareness of historical and social identity and promote civic education.
  • Character building and development of communication and social skills.


Aspects of organisation:
The project is based on an educational approach involving both lessons with experts (geologists, glaciologists, architects, engineers, artisans, farmers, mountain guides, hiking guides, Alpine rescue) and fieldwork (4 field trips per year).
Activities are different depending on the year of study:
FIRST YEAR: “Time and territory”: observing the nature and the morphology of our territory to understand the transformations that have occurred over the years.
SECOND YEAR: “Man and territory”: to deepen the relation between our territory and human activities, analyzing changes humans have left on the territory.
THIRD YEAR: “History and territory”: our territory preserves the remains of some of the most tragic events of the First World War. In the third year we explore the role of military architecture and the strategic position of our territory.

Contact:
IC Damiani – Morbegno / Secondary school Damiani in Morbegno, Sondrio, Italy
Maria Cristina Bertarelli (Teacher)
E-Mail: mcbertarelli@alice.it
www.ic2damianimorbegno.it


Mountain University of Edolo / UNIMONT

Description:
The University Centre of Excellence “Mountain University” is situated in Edolo, Brescia Province, Italy. It was founded on the basis of a framework agreement between the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR) and Milan University. It is an innovative training and research centre, specialized in the study and analysis of issues regarding mountain areas. Main contents (examples):

  • Conservation and sustainable development of mountain areas
  • Land and landscape restoration and enhancement
  • Environmental and land planning engineering
  • Agricultural and agro-environmental sciences
  • Mountain forestry
  • Protection and management of food farming chain
  • Project management for mountain areas – advanced level


Goals:

Given the specific characteristics of mountain areas and considering that the development and enhancement of these areas for the benefit of the whole of society requires a specific cultural and technical approach, the Mountain University aims to train experts in mountain issues, so that they become capable of expressing the potential of mountain areas in a context of environmental, social and economic sustainability.

Main target groups:
Young adults

Aspects of organisation:
Three year undergraduate programme (BS) :
Series of advanced courses (also distance learning)
Intensive programme of seminars (also distance learning).

Contact:
http://www.unimontagna.it


BIOBLITZ LOMBARDIA: Biodiversity Explorers for one day

Description:
Encourage people to collect and report data on the presence of animal species in the network of Lombardy Region’s Protected Areas. People are followed by experts to help them detect ant recognize the most interesting species, photograph animals and plants and return data on a web platform.

The innovative points of this activity are the involvement of citizens and students in a participating process for evaluating and monitoring the value of Protected Areas in terms of biodiversity.

Goals:
The aims of this educational and teaching activity are:

  1. Increase people’s awareness on the value of Lombardy’s Protected Areas in protecting the environment and increase biodiversity
  2. Let people discover the importance of monitoring activities for protecting the environment
  3. Promote citizen science and its goals
  4. Promote environmental education with scientific experts in the field of biodiversity for the broad public

Final goal of this project is to broaden the number of people able to carry out monitoring activities and then contribute to environment protection with useful data on the quality of protected areas and the presence of animal species.

Main target groups:
Secondary and high school students with age comprised between 11 and 19 years and all other citizens. The goals to be achieved are

  • Knowledge and protection of the alpine environment and its habitat.
  • Personal development in relation to the specific identity of its home area.
  • Increase the awareness on natural mountain identity and promote monitoring actions.
  • Responsible use of digital platforms.


Aspects of organisation:
BioBlitz is one of the educational activities that every year the Network of Protected Areas of Lombardy Region implements with the participation of more than 700 classes and 14.000 students.

BioBlitz is organized on two days simultaneously in all Parks of Lombardy Region on specified tracks with the support of environmental guides that help people in this activity. Data collected are registered on the open source web platform www.inaturalist.org, where a BioBlitz account is created for this purpose. Data Collected are free of use and can be used also for research purposes.
Soon the app Biodiversità Lombardia (=Biodiversity in Lombardy Region) will be developed to collect data on species of interest for EU directives on Birds and Habitats.

Contact:
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Slovenia

Biotechnical centre Naklo

Description:

BC Naklo is a public entity which conducts secondary and tertiary educational programmes in the fields of nature preservation, organic agriculture and food processing. Many of BC Naklo students live in Alpine regions, which means that they begin to obtain MOE knowledge and skills at an early age. At BC Naklo, they deepen and expand their knowledge. BC Naklo places great emphasis on active learning, by which students obtain practical experience (outdoor learning, laboratory work, project work, international projects).Goals:The curricula of our educational programmes “nature preservation” and “agricultural-entrepreneurial technician” are maximally intertwined with our students’ local environment. Students combine the knowledge and skills needed for survival in Alpine region with tradition and sustainable development. They acquire knowledge in the fields of protection of natural values, ecosystems, eco-remediation and activities in the environment, ecological analysis and monitoring, guidance in nature and organic agriculture. We would also like our students to recognise the business opportunities, offered by local environment – Alpine region.Main target groups:

Our main target group is youth between 15 and20 (secondary educational programmes) and between 20 and23 (tertiary educational programs). The aim is to provide students with important knowledge and skills in their profession. As the employment opportunities of these young people are limited, they try to develop their interests and skills in a way that will help them with their chosen profession. This requires a very practical approach to their education. What is deemed relevant knowledge and skills partially depends on their potential employers. The transfer of such knowledge and skills to curricula requires teachers to master professional as well as innovative and modern pedagogic-didactical methods. This is why teachers are one of our target groups. BC Naklo educates teachers and students by sending them to international mobility actions.

Aspects of organisation:
MOE contents are taught as part of the general subjects of these educational programs such as Slovenian language, sociology, biology and geography and as part of  VET modules, where the emphasis is placed on the protection of natural values, ecosystems, eco-remediations and activities in the environment, ecological analysis and monitoring, guidance in nature, organic agriculture and sustainable development.
A portion of VET module takes place outdoors (local environment) or in a laboratory; teachers can also cooperate with various local clubs (fishermen, hunters). Students also obtain MOE knowledge and skills through field trips, camps, project days (focusing on a particular issue each) and international mobility actions.  A part of athletic activities is implemented as mountain hikes, sport weekends, workshops, etc. At the end of their education students (in groups of three) have to compile a project report dealing with a specific problem. In the course of their education, students also participate in various national and international projects dealing with native plants for honeybees, biotic pest control, organic agriculture, aquaponics and Slovenian traditional cuisine.

Contact:
Biotechnical centre Naklo
Urška Kleč (Project coordinator, VET teacher)
Tel.: 00 386 31 587 240
E-Mail: urska.klec@bc-naklo.si
www.bc-naklo.si


Centre for School and Outdoor Education

Description:

The Ministry of Education, Science and Sport founded the Centre for School and Outdoor Education (CSOE) in 1992, i.e. it is a public institution. The main activities of CSOE are defined by the ZOFVI law (Law about Organization and Financing of Education), which is binding for all public schools. The Centre for School and Outdoor Education is based in Ljubljana, but it has 23 facilities across Slovenia. Ten of them are located in mountain areas, where they put special emphasis on MOE.

CSOE perform the following activities for children in kindergartens, primary and secondary schools:

 - single day activities: science and technical days, field trips

 - one-week activities:

  • Outdoor schools with plenty of athletic activities (skiing, rafting, cycling, hiking, mountain climbing)
  • Project activities, dealing with healthy lifestyles, biodiversity, ecosystems, natural and cultural heritage, water cycle, orientation …
  • Pupils’ and students’ holiday activities

Their biggest advantage is that they offer educational programmes that are compatible with curricula. They include accommodation, meals, equipment and qualified teachers who implement their programmes.

The center is one of the funding members of “The Real World Learning Network”, a consortium of outdoor learning providers across Europe.

Goals:
CSOE programmes include contents based on the curricula of kindergartens, primary and secondary schools. Educational organisations would normally implement these contents in their classrooms, but they prefer CSOE programs because of their “outdoor” pedagogic-didactical methods and approaches.

Participants of CSOE outdoor activities gain knowledge and skills in the fields of environment, natural and cultural heritage and sustainable development. The long-term impact of this kind of activities is building a positive and responsible attitude towards the environment. Through a healthy diet and athletic activities, participants work on a positive self image, friendship, cooperation and tolerance.

MOE contents are included in programs of those CSOE facilities, which are located in alpine areas (10 of 23). They offer athletic activities such as hiking, mountain climbing, rafting, canoeing, cycling, skiing, cross country skiing and swimming. The safety of all participants is a vital component of all activities. Mountain-oriented educational activities are connected with knowledge and skills in the fields of alpine biodiversity, adaptations of organisms to the alpine environment, alpine ecosystems analysis and monitoring, pollution of alpine ecosystems (especially water, soil and air), limitations in protected areas.

Main target groups:
The contents of CSOE educational programs are based on the curricula of formal educational programmes of kindergartens, primary and secondary schools. Young people are at the centre of the educational process, which is why the process is designed to combine learning with fun, outdoor learning, athletic activities and team work.
Youth with special needs can also participate in CSOE programs.

Aspects of organisation:
All CSOE activities are commercial. Kindergartens, primary and secondary schools have complete autonomy in deciding if they want to use CSOE programs. They base their decision on the activities offered, the duration of the program, and the age structure and size of groups.
CSOE programs for the next school year are offered to educational organisations in spring.
At weekends and during school holidays accommodation and activities are offered to families and individuals.

Contact:
Centre for School and Outdoor Education (CSOE)
Tel.: 00 386 1 23 48 600
E-Mail: ida.kavcic@csod.si
www.csod.si


Network of Forest Kindergartens and Schools of Slovenia

Description:
In 2011, under the auspices of the National Education Institute of the Republic of Slovenia and Innovation Projects, an initiative group of the Network of Forest Kindergartens and Schools was formed. The project is conducted by the Forest Pedagogy Institute, co-funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and via LAG “The Heart of Slovenia”. The project continues the results of previous projects such as “Invitation to the Forest”, “The Nature’s Heart Connect Us” etc. This projects systematically implements forest pedagogy in the curricula. The main responsibility for this project lies with the Forest Pedagogy Institute, a non-profit, non-governmental organisation that has developed a vision of forest pedagogy in Slovenia. It has established a foundation of innovative forest pedagogy and it is based on bringing together and encouraging collaboration among children, youth, kindergartens, schools, families and the wider community. The goals of this initiative are achieved through various projects and beneficial activities.

The forests are the main site of the education measures: sixty percent of Slovenia is covered with forests. Most schools and kindergartens in Slovenia have access to the forest without having to use a means of transport.

Goals:
The main purpose of this network is to encourage schools and kindergartens to maximize the use of the local natural environment for educational purposes. By integrating kindergartens and schools into the network in the area of the LAG “The Heart of Slovenia” and the wider Slovenian area, the project significantly contributes to the exchange of knowledge, good practises and the development of pedagogical approaches. This way, the network ensures the quality of learning in a natural environment, encourages the utilisation of forests in education, provides opportunities for open discussion, workshops, and sets an example of good practise.

Main target groups:
The main purpose of this network is to encourage schools and kindergartens to maximize the use of the local natural environment for educational purposes. By integrating kindergartens and schools into the network in the area of the LAG “The Heart of Slovenia” and the wider Slovenian area, the project significantly contributes to the exchange of knowledge, good practises and the development of pedagogical approaches. This way, the network ensures the quality of learning in a natural environment, encourages the utilisation of forests in education, provides opportunities for open discussion, workshops, and sets an example of good practise.

Aspects of organisation:
In the year 2014 the Development Consortium of Network of Forest Kindergartens and Schools was established. The organisations taking part in this consortium are 2 kindergartens, 2 schools, the Forest Pedagogy Institute, the Slovenian Forestry Institute, Slovenia Forest Service and faculty of Education. The Consortium has organised 2 meetings at which over 100 pedagogical workers participated. The Network brings together the ideas of pedagogical workers all over the Slovenia by organising of seminars, workshops and projects for teachers and children.
In the forest, the children not only deepen their knowledge of nature, mathematics, the Slovenian language, but also develop their individual abilities in the best possible way. Furthermore, the entire class develops as a group and the social network is strengthened.

Contact:
www.gozdnivrtec.si/en

Projektpartner

Lead-Partner ist ALPARC, der Verband der Schutzgebiete im Alpenraum. Projektpartner sind die Region Lombardei, 3 Forschungseinrichtungen (Universitäten Innsbruck und Ljubljana und ein Umweltforschungsinstitut aus der Lombardei), vonseiten der Schutzgebiete der Verband der Schweizer Pärke, der VNÖ, das RMB als Koordinationsstelle für die burgenländischen Naturparke, ASTERS (ein Zusammenschluss französischer Schutzgebiete) und der Nationalpark Berchtesgaden. Die Bildungseinrichtungen sind durch Éduc´alpes (Vereinigung alpiner Bildungseinrichtungen in Frankreich) und eine französische und eine slowenische weiterbildende Schule vertreten.

„Observer“, das sind Institutionen, die das Projekt ideell unterstützen und besonders zur Verbreitung der Ergebnisse beitragen bzw. diese umsetzen, sind von österreichischer Seite: BMLFUW, Landesschulrat Burgenland, Österreichische Alpenvereinsjugend und der Umweltdachverband (insgesamt 25 Observer im Projekt).

Projektpartner im Überblick:

Weitere Informationen


Das Projekt "YOUrALPS" wird finanziert durch den European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)  Interreg – Alpine Space programme.
Die Projektsumme des VNÖ beträgt € 109.824,--, die Förderung durch den ERDF € 93.350,40.

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