11th World Environmental Education Congress
Building Bridges in Times of Climate Urgency
14-18 March 2022 PragueCZECH REPUBLIC
Field Excursions

Field Excursions

Bohemia is the promised land, full of deer and birds, abounding with honey. We are going to show you the greatest beauty of our country.
During the 11th WEEC, we will offer you several attractive excursions to the most beautiful places of the Czech Republic. You can join geological walks, for example in the footsteps of Barrande, or visit Geopark in Říčany (near Prague). We will show you the beauty of České středohoří („Central Bohemian Uplands“) and Český ráj („Bohemian Paradise“) and unveil you the secret of Blaník’s knights. We will discover the hidden mysteries of the biggest Czech national park Šumava and you can also let yourself being taken into the open arms of the Prague’s memorable trees. You will be introduced to the biggest Czech zoo – Chomutov Zoo, where you can spend truly magical night. Kids from Prague’s forest kindergarten are also looking forward your visit.
These excursions will be mostly one-day long. On the Šumava or in the Chomutov Zoo, you can spend even two days full of interesting experiences.

All excursions are all-inclusive and the price covers transport, catering and the programme on site. Accommodation during 2-day excursions is € 29.

Name Org. institution Duration Place
Field trip to forest kindergarten Czech Forest Kindergarten Association 1 DAY: 17/03/2022 Prague and surroundings
Informal Education in Říčany Geopark Educational geological center 1 DAY: 17/03/2022  
Excursion to the Royal park Stromovka Forests of the City of Prague 1 DAY: 18/03/2022 Prague
Sustainable visit to the Bohemian Paradise PLA Nature Conservation Agency of the Czech Republic (NCA CR) and MalyStrazce.cz 1 DAY: 17/03/2022 Dolanky, Mala Skala; Bohemian Paradise PLA
Ecoeducation in the Blaník PLA Nature Conservation Agency of the Czech Republic (NCA CR) and MalyStrazce.cz 1 DAY: 18/03/2022 Vlašim; Blaník PLA
The landscape of České středohoří pULec - First Ústí nad Labem Environmental Centre 1 DAY: 17/03/2022
1 DAY: 18/03/2022
Central Bohemian Uplands, Milešovka
Brown coal mining area pULec - First Ústí nad Labem Environmental Centre 1 DAY: 17/03/2022 Most basin
Šumava – Czech National Park University of South Bohemia, Faculty of Education 2 DAYS: 17-18/03/2022 Horská Kvilda
Guided tour of Zoo (Safari Express ride) Zoopark Chomutov 1 DAY: 18/03/2022 Northwest Bohemia, Chomutov
 
 
 

Field trip to Forest Kindergarten

ORGANIZER: Czech Forest Kindergarten Association

LOCATION: Prague and surroundings

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: 4 participants in each group

TENTATIVE TRIP PLAN:
7am: introduction and set off from Congress Centre
8 am - 1pm: guided field trip in a forest kindergarten
1 - 2pm: lunch + didactics

DATE: 17 March 2022

EXCURSION ANNOTATION

Forest kindergartens represent a great example of preschool Education for Sustainable Development in everyday practice. Children experience “simple life with simple means” in a rhythm given by day and nature, strengthening their health and social skills. In the Czech Republic, forest kindergartens are acknowledged by a School Law since 2016, which was a breakthrough of innovative pedagogical approach. Participants are divided in small groups invited to experience the practice, ask and share with new ideas arisen from their observation.

DESCRIPTION OF THE EXCURSION

Field trip starts with a short introduction. A group of participants attended by a CZ guide travels to the forest kindergarten venue. On site, participants are first informed about the background of the visited forest kindergarten. Once children set off to the nearby forest, participants are invited to observe and make notes. Inspirational questions will be provided to lead participants towards deeper insight. During breaks, participants can discuss their experience and involve the pedagogues (translation provided). During the lunch, reflection of observed details, extension of pedagogical and organizational outputs (putting practice into theoretical framework, best practice reflection, “aha” moments etc. are shared.

RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT

Weather appropriate clothes and waterproof shoes, sitting pad.

Informal Education in Říčany Geopark

ORGANIZER: Muzeum Říčany

LOCATION: Říčany Geopark

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: min. 10, max. 20

TENTATIVE TRIP PLAN: Participants will be picked up by a guide at Prague Hlavní nádraží station // 50.0836650N, 14.4343311E//. They will reach Říčany by train // 49.9972378N, 14.6642719E//. Říčany Geopark // 49.9915744N, 14.6534286E// is about 10 minutes walk far from the Říčany railway station. In the end of the day, participants will be taken back to Říčany railway station and from there they will take train back to Prague.

DATE: 17 March 2022

EXCURSION ANNOTATION

The excursion will take you to the Říčany Geopark – an interactive educational centre of the Říčany Museum. We will introduce you geological didactic models (based on the Czech landscape) and modern didactic methods, which we use to educate pupils, students and teachers. You will try activities from geological and paleontological programs (for example panning gems, mapping a cave complex, modelling slope movements or discovering fossils). At the end of the day, you will have the opportunity to grind and polish a typical Czech mineral and take it with you as a souvenir.

DESCRIPTION OF THE EXCURSION

Upon arrival you will be acquainted with the Říčany Geopark and its didactic models. During the excursion you will see the advantages of informal education and its connection to the educational policy of the Czech Republic. You will get to know principles of the provided educational programs and their relevance to the Czech curricular documents and key competences. Learning through experience is the main motivation of students for further learning and therefore you will be given a chance to try the activities from different programs. In the block of palaeontology, you will have the opportunity to start a fire with a flint or find fossils in a paleontological site. In the landscape modelling program you will explore the principle of slope movements or the formation of folds. And in the block of „minerals and rocks“ you will try e.g. panning for gems and you will witness a real-time crystallization process. At the end of the day, you will have the opportunity to choose a sample of agate found in the Czech Republic and grind and polish it by yourself.
Because the Říčany Geopark is also a botanical garden, you will enjoy a variety of flowers too, during your visit. There are for example plants typical for limestone subsoil, shade-loving plants or water flora. Root zone water treatment has been built in the pond and there is a roof garden on the laboratory building. The excursion is thus suitable not only for geology lovers but also for a botanical enthusiast.

RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT

Outdoor clothing according to current weather.

Excursion to the Royal park Stromovka

ORGANIZER: Forests of the City of Prague (https://lhmp.cz/)

LOCATION: Stromovka park area

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: 15 - 25

TENTATIVE TRIP PLAN: https://mapy.cz/s/muvejuduta

DATE: 18 March 2022

EXCURSION ANNOTATION

History and present of park Stromovka; coexistence of animals and people in the park
The excursion is focused on the largest park in Prague. Visitors will learn what the administration and maintenance of the park entails. What plants, bushes and trees are in it and how we take care of them. Furthermore, the complex of ponds, which are located here, is introduced. The excursion will also take you to Rudolf's stole, which is considered a technical cultural monument.

DESCRIPTION OF THE EXCURSION

The excursion begins at the Šlechtova restaurant, where participants are introduced to the history and present of this largest Prague park. Then the excursion continues to Rudolf's stole, where its construction is described. After looking into the Rudolf's stole, the group will also visit the adjacent water house. Then we will focus on the complex of ponds, which are an integral part of the Royal park Stromovka and was built on the former bottom of Rudolf's Pond. Moving to the former island of Rudolf's Pond (Oak Hill), where the oldest trees in the park are located. Furthemore, we will mention of the local flora and an approach to the importance of the flowery meadow. Explanation of the procedure of maintenance, protection and planting of greenery. Subsequent end of the excursion at the pond called Srpeček.

RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT

Sturdy shoes, clothes suitable for the outdoor, clothing suitable for the weather conditions at the time and a waterproof clothes in case of rain.

Sustainable visit to Bohemian Paradise

ORGANIZER: Nature Conservation Agency of the Czech Republic (NCA CR) and MalyStrazce.cz – Ondřej Vítek

LOCATION: Dolanky, Mala Skala; Bohemian Paradise PLA

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: 6 - 20

TENTATIVE TRIP PLAN:
6:45 AM meeting at the Congress Centre Praha, departure by underground to the train station Praha – hl. n.
7:20-9.25 train ride to Mala Skala, 9:30-11:30 hike through Besedice Rocks (4 km)
11:30-12:30 lunch, 12:30-14:30 hike through Dry Rocks (6 km)
14:30-15:15 scooter ride from Mala Skala to Dolanky (7 km)
15:15-16:20 Bohemian Paradise House of Nature, 16:30-18:40 train ride back to Praha

DATE: 17 March 2022

EXCURSION ANNOTATION

At this excursion we will learn about sustainability in tourism in the region with the oldest protected landscape area in Czechia: Bohemian Paradise, est. 1955. A visitor management at the Nature Conservation Agency of the Czech Republic (NCA CR) will be presented. Bohemian Paradise is a sandstone region with rock labyrinths and viewpoints, where tourism started at the end of 19th Century. Various types of forest and grasslands are protected in a Natura 2000 site with intensively visited rocks. Pictoresque Dry Rocks made of white sandstone are protected as a national nature monument, although serving for rock climbing as well. Bohemian Paradise House of Nature started to serve visitors in 2016 from initiative of NCA CR and is run by the Ecocentre Oldrichov v Hajich NGO.

DESCRIPTION OF THE EXCURSION

We will use underground from the Congress centre and a public train that will take us to Mala Skala. Approximately 10 km long hike will lead us through forests and rocks and will be interrupted by lunch in a restaurant. From Mala Skala we will ride rented scooters (self-powered, kick-bikes) to Dolanky (8 km along the Jizera river). In Dolanky we will visit a visitor centre – the Bohemian Paradise House of Nature. A direct train will take us back to Praha. The excursion will be led by the NCA CR employee and a volunteer wildlife ranger Ondrej Vitek.

RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT

Hiking boots or sport shoes, warm clothing and a raincoat are recommended.

Ecoeducation in the Blanik PLA

ORGANIZER: Nature Conservation Agency of the Czech Republic (NCA CR) and MalyStrazce.cz – Ondřej Vítek

LOCATION: Vlasim; Blanik PLA

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: 18 - 44

TENTATIVE TRIP PLAN:
9 AM departure by coach from the Congress Centre Praha
10-11 Ecocentre Vlasim
11-11:20 transport
11:20-12:30 The Blanik House of Nature (visitor centre)
12:30 hike to the lookout tower Velky Blanik, lunch
16:30-17:45 transport back to the Congress Centre Praha

DATE: 18 March 2022

EXCURSION ANNOTATION

At this excursion we will learn about cooperation between the state and an NGO in the region with the smallest protected landscape area in Czechia: Blanik, 40 km2. The system of nature conservation in Czechia will be presented focusing on ecoeducative activities. Ecocentre in Vlasim is one of the most developed Czech ecocentres run by the Czech Nature Conservation Union (CNCU). Lookout tower on the top of Velky Blanik (638 MASL) provides a 360° view at the central Bohemian landscape. Beech forest on scree slopes is protected in the Velky Blanik nature reserve. Blanik House of nature started to serve visitors in 2015 from initiative of NCA CR and is run by CNCU.

DESCRIPTION OF THE EXCURSION

A small bus will take us to the city of Vlasim. The director of the ecocentre will present their activities and approaches as well as the building accompanied with a small „ParaZOO“ with handicapped wild animals. We will hike educative path through a nature reserve to the top of mystic hill Velky Blanik and watch the region from a lookout tower. Below the hill we will visit a visitor centre – the Blanik House of Nature. The excursion will be led by the NCA CR employee and a volunteer wildlife ranger Ondrej Vitek.

RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT

Hiking shoes/boots, warm clothing and a raincoat are recommended.

The landscape of České středohoří

ORGANIZER: pULec - First Ústí nad Labem Environmental Centre

LOCATION: Central Bohemian Uplands, Milešovka

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: 20 - 40

TENTATIVE TRIP MAP: https://mapy.cz/s/guvefoguje

DATE: 17 and/or 18 March 2022

EXCURSION ANNOTATION

A day-long hike to the central part of the Central Bohemian Uplands Protected Landscape Area, including a tour on foot to the top of the highest peak, Milešovka (837 m). Examples of various forms of forest management, examples of revitalised farm land, a visit to the Milešovka National Nature Reserve, a visit to the meteorological observatory with an observation deck atop Milešovka.

DESCRIPTION OF THE EXCURSION

The whole-day excursion will be routed to the central part of the Central Bohemian Uplands Protected Landscape Area. This area, one of the best known Czech regions, consists of tertiary volcanites which penetrated through Cretaceous sea sediments to create a basis for the formation of a scientifically remarkable and geomorphologically diverse natural-cultural landscape. The historical landscape, which has been settled by humans since the Middle Ages, has formed an impressive mosaic of forests, meadows, fields, gardens and small farmsteads. However, a number of major changes to the landscape occurred there during the second half of the 20th century. Due to the expulsion of the originally mostly German-speaking population after World War II and resettlement of the area by Czech population from other regions, combined with the parallel forced collectivisation of agriculture, the bonds of the local communities to the landscape they lived in disintegrated. The proximity of industrial sources of pollution in the North Bohemian brown coal mining basin created an enormous burden to the area, with emissions of sulphur oxides and other pollutants which took a toll on the health of the forests and other natural habitats. As part of efforts to intensify agricultural production, the balks were ploughed up, old gardens were destroyed and water was drained off from the farm land. Low-yield soil was abandoned and became subject to natural environmental succession. Only since the mid-1990s, could a turn for the better be seen in the region. The desulphurisation of coal-fired power plants and abatement of heavy industries have resulted in appreciable air quality improvements, and many mushroom and plant species (such as forest orchids) have been coming back to the site. More and more efforts have been made to revitalise the farm land and forests. At some sites, gardens and wetland have been restored and the structure and variety of the forest species have also been improving.
The excursion to the Central Bohemian Uplands will show the participants the various phases of history of this rich and varied culturally important natural landscape. Examples of culturally less valuable forests will be shown in contrast to the existing fragments of precious old beech and oak forests within the Milešovka National Nature Reserve. The participants will be familiarised with the revitalisation measures on farm land in the surroundings of Černčice and Bílka. The formerly abandoned arable land is being transformed into pastures. Also, pools, wetland and small shrub and bosk areas providing shelter to animals have been restored during the last two decades, while some solitary self-seeded trees and shrubs have been left intact at some sites. The region is gradually changing in appearance, and the formerly degraded land is becoming richer and more varied from the environmentalist's point of view while also being used agriculturally The excursion will include a tour on foot to the top of Milešovka (837 m), the tallest mountain in the Central Bohemian Uplands, and a visit to the weather station with a lookout tower at the top of the peak.
The moderately strenuous hiking excursion, which is approximately 10 km long and takes hikers approximately 500 metres up, will run along mostly paved trails, but partly also through the free terrain off the trails, through forest and across meadows and pastures with scarce sheltering opportunities in case of rain.

RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT

We recommend that you wear sturdy hiking shoes, warm clothing suitable for the weather conditions at the time and a waterproof poncho in case of rain. There are no shops on the excursion route.

Brown coal mining area

ORGANIZER: pULec - First Ústí nad Labem Environmental Centre

LOCATION: Most basin

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: 20 - 40

TENTATIVE TRIP PLAN: A trip by coach from Prague to the Most area, with a stop at a vantage point to view the Vršany mine (50.4870692N, 13.5802542E), visit to the edge of the ČSA Mine (50.5384294N, 13.4851108E), the reclaimed Most lake (50.5552006N, 13.6437258E) and the Růžodol landfill (50.5529375N, 13.6322675E). The programme is tentative only and may be changed depending on the existing situation at the mining sites.

DATE: 17 March 2022

EXCURSION ANNOTATION

This excursion will take you to the Most basin, an area of past and present brown coal mining. You will visit both active and reclaimed brown coal quarries and see how nature is making efforts to counteract the mining activities. You will visit both reclaimed areas as well as places where the landscape has been restoring itself spontaneously.
Focus: Biodiversity at mining and post-industrial sites, natural restoration and technical reclamation.

DESCRIPTION OF THE EXCURSION

First, view of the large Vršany mine from a vantage point along the road. You can see the already reclaimed areas in contrast with areas where mining is still practised. Then you will travel by coach to the foothills of the Ore Mountains. There you will take a hike along areas disturbed by mining and view the area designed to augment the adjacent Jezerka National Nature Reserve. After lunch, the participants will be transferred to the Most lake by coach. There they will have the opportunity to view the area again from a vantage point or to take a short hike (depending on whether the area will have been made open to the public). Subsequently they will visit the adjacent Růžodol landfill, which has been only partially reclaimed. We recommend that you wear sturdy hiking shoes, warm clothing suitable for the weather conditions at the time and a waterproof poncho in case of rain.

RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT

We recommend that you wear sturdy hiking shoes, warm clothing suitable for the weather conditions at the time and a waterproof poncho in case of rain.

Šumava – Czech National Park

ORGANIZER: University of South Bohemia, Faculty of Education, Department of Biology

LOCATION: Horská Kvilda

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: 30-40

TENTATIVE TRIP PLAN: March 17th departure from Prague at 8 a.m.. Arrival to Horská Kvilda (11 a.m.), accommodation and lunch, afternoon field excursion (along Hamerský potok creek). Dinner, discussion. March 18th breakfast, presentation of the Center of Environmental education of Šumava National park, field excursion (Peat-bog Chalupská slať) and lunch. Afternoon departure, arrival at Prague at 4 p.m. The plan is tentative and may be changed depending on weather conditions.

DATE: From 17– 18 March 2022

EXCURSION ANNOTATION

This excursion will take you into the middle of the Šumava National Park, a largest national park in the Czech Republic. It is mostly covered by extensive forest (Bohemian forest), somewhere with natural composition, somewhere changed by spruce plantations. The bark beetle (Ips typographus) outbreak had heavily impacted the forests, which led to wide discussion about nature conservation and the role of National parks. We will discuss the conflict between different types of forest restoration in the scenery of Šumava mountains. We will also see the peat-bogs, another characteristic biotope of the Bohemian forest.

DESCRIPTION OF THE EXCURSION

The bus will take the participants from Prague to Horská Kvilda (160 km, 2.5 h drive). The participants will be allowed to accommodate the Center of Environmental Education Horská Kvilda (https://www.npsumava.cz/navstivte-sumavu/ekologicka-vychova/sev-horska-kvilda/) and have a lunch. After lunch (1 p.m.), we will have hiking excursion along the Hamerský potok creek and back to the Horská Kvilda (cca 10 km, 3 – 4 hours). Dinner at Horská Kvilda will be followed by a discussion on Šumava National park and nature conservation. Next day, after the breakfast, we will look around the Center of Environmental education and listen about Environmental education in Bohemian forest. Then we will go to peat-bog Chalupská slat and see the largest peat lake of the Czech Republic. After a lunch at Nové Hutě we will continue to Prague.

RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT

Hiking shoes, warm clothing waterproof poncho / raincoat, daily needs.

Guided tour of Zoo (Safari Express ride)

ORGANIZER: Zoopark Chomutov, p. o.

LOCATION: Northwest Bohemian, Chomutov

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: 20 - 40

TENTATIVE TRIP PLAN: https://mapy.cz/zakladni?x=13.4260052&y=50.4747520&z=19&source=foto&id=237947
8:00 – Prague Congress Centre
9:30 – Zoopark Chomutov
10:00 – refreshment
11:00 – Safari Express
12:00 – lunch in the newly built restaurant Dřevák
13:30 – trip with train Amalka to the open-air museum Stará Ves
15:00 – refreshment
15:30 – leaving the Zoopark Chomutov
17:00 - Prague Congress Centre

DATE: 18 March 2022

EXCURSION ANNOTATION

We will guide you through our zoo, part of the tour will be a Safari express ride. Then refresh yourself in the newly built restaurant Dřevák on the alum lake, from where we will take you by train Amalka to visit the open-air museum in Stará Ves.

DESCRIPTION OF THE EXCURSION

As soon as you arrive at the car park in the zoo, we will take you to a short visit to noctuarium.
There will be prepared refreshments in the exhibition hall. After that, a tour of the zoo park will start, which will take place along the main routes, where we will look at donkeys, fields of European bison and deer Bukhara. We will see a few Carpathian lynxes who share an enclosure with macaques and ibex. Bellow them we stop at the paddock with yellow-throated marten and red pandas. We will come to the Safari Expres stop and take the Eurosafari ride to the Stará Ves open-air museum in the course of one hour. You can look forward to see a herd of Scottish Highland cattle, a herd of mouflons, but above all a group of European bison. After the visit of Stará Ves, we will take you for lunch to newly opened restaurant Dřevák on the alum lake.
There will be waiting train Amalka after lunch, which will take you to closer inspection of open-air museum Stará Ves. There are examples of the most important crafts, such beekeeping, herbalism, lace-making, farming and weaving, in a timbered cottage moved from nearby village. The construction of the farm is an example of the construction of a typical dwelling for a so-called middle farmer, traditionally U-shaped, where we can see a black kitchen, an old school and a craft workshop. At the end of the program, we will look at the secrets of the windmill, which is the dominant feature of Stará Ves. You will get refreshment in the barn before leaving to the car park.

RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT

We recommend comfortable shoes, warmer clothes that will be able to the outdoors even in bad weather.

 
 

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