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Nature adventure projects

Discovering & experiencing nature live

Nature adventure projects

Nature adventure projects

Discovering & experiencing nature live

Nature adventure projects

Nature adventure projects

Discovering & experiencing nature live

Nature adventure projects

Nature adventure projects

Discovering & experiencing nature live

Nature adventure projects

Project description

Where else can you discover and experience nature other than in nature itself? It is very important to the Frank Hirschvogel Foundation that school students not only learn theoretical lesson content about the environment and life, but also have the chance to discover, experience and research this in a practical way.

For this reason, the Frank Hirschvogel Foundation finances excursions and trips for educational institutes as part of nature adventure projects that are aligned to lesson content. The aim is to allow pupils to discover our environment and to experience for themselves how frogs or wildcats live by seeing them in their natural habitat.

Project details

Topic: Excursion

Age category: From 6 years

Venue: Forest adventure centers

Duration: 1 - 3 days

Participation requirements: 1-3 classes

Project funding

The Frank Hirschvogel Foundation usually assumes the entire travel costs for one-day class excursions as well as a share of the project costs during excursions lasting several days. Simply send us your project inquiry and we will check your request in due course.

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Field reports

2018
From June 25-27, 2018, the Hainich Project took place once again for the 5th graders at a high school in Eisenach (Ernst-Abbe-Gymnasium). As in the previous years, the students worked independently on all three days, visiting various stations in Hainich National Park and learning about the primeval forest right on their doorstep.
At the Wildcat Village in Hütscheroda, the students had the opportunity to see the Hainich mascot – a wildcat – up close and personal. They found out about how wildcats live as well as the importance of species protection. Trying to “slink” like a wildcat presented the children with a fun challenge that they took on with much enthusiasm.
During a hike near to the treetop walk, the children were able to leave the official trail and explore the Hainich primeval forest. This allowed them to discover the diversity of species in deadwood as well as the origin of the soil on which the Hainich forest grows. The search for fossils in shell limestone was the highlight of the day.
On one of the three days, the children had the chance to explore the treetop path. At dizzying heights of 20 - 40 m, the pupils were able to experience the diversity of species in the treetops. The most impressive experience was to see how flexibly trees react to strong winds. To do this, the children moved a branch which they could reach from the treetop path. In so doing, they found that the whole tree moved with it in order to absorb the vibrations and not to break. 

2017
At the end of June, all the 5th grade classes at a high school in Eisenach (Ernst-Abbe-Gymnasium) spent three days at Hainich National Park.
The agenda included a treetop walk, a public feeding at the wildcat enclosure and an exploration of the primeval forest.
All of the pupils thoroughly enjoyed these project days, not least because learning took place with an expert guide and out in the open on a beautiful sunny day – after all, it is not possible to bring the forest into the classroom.
The Frank Hirschvogel Foundation assumed the costs for the project days.

2016
As part of the project week during the 2015/2016 academic year, pupils from the 5th grade of a high school in Eisenach (Ernst-Abbe-Gymnasium) had the opportunity of spending three days in the beautiful countryside near to where they live, namely in Hainich National Park. The pupils were able to see the plant and animal life up close. They all enjoyed this very much, demonstrating great enthusiasm and concentration.
On the first day, the youngsters visited the Wild Cat Village in Hütscheroda, where they were able to see the animals being fed up close. The group was accompanied by two young ladies who organized games and provided information to teach the pupils more about wild cats.
On the second day, the pupils hiked through unspoiled natural surroundings on their way from Craula to the treetop walkway of Hainich National Park. On this day, they learned much about the unique forest landscape. They received information on trees and plants and had the opportunity to identify them. The difference between cultivated and natural landscapes was highlighted as well as the importance of preserving and protecting nature. Among other things, the children looked for insects in the deadwood, which they then examined more closely with a magnifying glass before returning them to the place were they found them.
The goal of the project days was to raise the pupils’ awareness of nature and the importance of protecting plants and animals.
The Frank Hirschvogel Foundation assumed a large portion of the costs.