Workshops and mobilities
The initial meeting of coordinators and their assistants. Here we will set up dates, calendar for the project, discuss products, distribute responsibilities and suggest detailed programmes of all workshops in each country. Big thanks to Luminita for hosting the meeting...
Windswept palm trees of VAI and marine nature, 28 Nov - 3 Dec 2016, Crete, Greece (C1)
The first mobility of students and teachers from all partner institutions. The whole group will do a lot of hiking in Crete, specifically in SItia region. Such places as VAI palm forest, Sitia geopark, Rihtis and Zakros gorges will be hiked, and Toplou monastery visited. Participants will also get first-hand experience with process of olive oil making. The whole mobility will be finished in the city of Heraklion and its superb Minoan palace museum.
Plants and herbs of Portuguese mountains, 24-28 April 2017 (C2)
The second mobility will take place in Covilhã and its surrounding mountains. The first 2 days will be spent hiking the Serra de Estrela Mountains. We will climb the highest mountain in mainland Portugal. We will spend 2 nights in the youth hostel up in the mountains. The next 3 days we will stay in Covilhã and learn about plants and herbs and their use in medicine and health treatment. We will also visit some typical villages and learn how bread, cheese, soap and wine are produced according to local procedures and using local products. Again, photo documentation for our Photobook will be created, as well as a short film: Eco-hiking Portugal.
Lakes, forests and the true north of Finland, September 11-15 2017 (C3)
'Lakes, forests and the true north of Finland' is planned at the end of summer in Finland. Due to its sensitivity in terms of weather, it will be essential that we visit Finland in very specific time. In eastern Finland there are many suitable places for hiking and exploring nature. We will visit Patvinsuo national Park where we will hike across open marshes and around a beautiful and very clean lake Suomujärvi. One of the project days we will go to the National Park Koli. There, the hiking routes take us from the Koli National landscape to the fells, open fields, forests and beaches. There is also Nature centre Ukko, which provides lots of information on eastern part of Finland. The last day of the whole week, we will meet at school and put together gathered materials, photos, notes etc. to put it in the photobook. Also, worksheet with video will be discussed as with any other mobility.
Hands-on new nature trails in the Czech's nature reserves, 9-13 October 2017 (C4)
"Hands-on new nature trails in the Czech's nature reserves" Throughout the week, the major idea will be structured around educative nature trails, their system of creation and methods of their creation. Side trips will be taken to the local Grass Snake habitat which is a unique habitat of this breed of snakes in Europe. Educative trail will be studied there. Then, we will discover a Boží Dar marshes with its newly renovated educative trails, and also unique SOOS area with its hot springs, museum of geothermal activities and nature trails. The fourth day, we will visit an area with flooded mines and other unique phenomena. There, we will spend the whole day trying to put acquired knowledge into practice, as there is no trail done yet. The last day, we will work on details of the trail, we will suggest all its particulars from location of educative boards, through contents of it , to its design. Also, a photobook chapter will be drafted. After the mobility, the implementation team together with students of Ecology will create the whole trail, with all its necessities.