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A summary of Nature’s Classroom project results.

Video and photo reports, panoramic images, round tables

Summer School: Establishing an Ecoremediation Course in Čatež
A trip to outdoor learning courses: project presentation
Permaculture zone: Building a Yurt
Early spring at the ERM course in Modraže
Učne table v Občini Zreče (available in Slovene only)
The Deaf and Hard of Hearing from Maribor at the ERM Course in Modraže
Okoljske škode (okrogla miza) (available in Slovene only)
Permacultural zone Dole: planting the first trees
Opening of the Nature Development Centre Poljčane
Municipality of Poljčane and the Nature Development Centre
Municipal Waste in the Municipality of Poljčane
Predstavitev projekta na občini Sv. Trojica (available in Slovene only)
Outdoor learning exercises of UM FoA students at the ERM learning course in Modraže
Autumn Activities at the ERM course in Modraže
Re-Use Centre in Rogaška Slatina
Initial Construction of the Learning Course in Dobrovce

Presentations of Partners (video)

University of Maribor, Faculty of Arts
Energy Agency for Podravje – Institute for Sustainable Energy use
Development Agency Kozjansko
Institute for Development and Improvement of Infrastructure and the Social Environment RISO

Educational trails

Boč forest educational trail
Quarries in the Bela valley educational trail
The subterranean treasures of Haloze
Ličenca Ecosystem educational trail
Educational trail among treasures of the trees
Educational trail through the Dravinja valley
Educational trail through the valley of freshwater crabs
Convent educational trail
Learning point on bees, herbs and their products

Educational and promotional materials (Slovene only)

Osnutki strokovnih podlag 2011

Vzpostavitev ekosistemskih tehnologij za izobraževanje v naravi in učnih opazovališč (Limnos)
Raziskave z namenom izobraževanja za vodne ekosisteme (UM FF)
Vzpostavitev Izobraževalnega centra o stoječih vodah – Sveta Trojica (RISO)
Trajnostno gospodarjenje z odpadki na projektnem območju (RA Kozjansko)

Učni programi za inovativno učenje v naravi

Učni program za raziskovanje v učilnici v naravi za 1. triado
Učni program za učenje v naravi za osnovne šole
Učni program za praktični pouk naravovarstva v učilnici v naravi
Učni program za praktični pouk na ERM poligonu

Učna gradiva za inovativno učenje v naravi

Tematske učne poti po Dravinjski dolini
Izobraževalni poligon o ekoremediacijah v Modražah

Strokovne podlage

Strokovne podlage učnih poti
Učne table

Primeri dobrih praks in aktivnosti za raziskovanje, učenje in poučevanje v učilnici v naravi

Ekosistemi – življenjska okolja
Rastline in živali v ekosistemih
Živalski svet Dravinjske doline
Voda vir življenja
Spoznajmo prsti
Vremensko dogajanje v naravi in toplota
Voda in delovanje v pokrajini
Ekoremediacije – terensko delo
Učne poti in vodenje v naravi
Dejavnosti v prostoru
Na sprehodu ob potoku
Zasnova učne poti Spoznajmo prsti

Problemske naloge Učilnice v naravi za osnovne šole

Biološka pestrost
Življenjsko okolje
Tekoče in stoječe vode
Biološa pestrost mlake
Skrbimo za čisto okolje

Problemske naloge Učilnice v naravi za praktični pouk

Ekološka kmetija in trajnostni razvoj
Gozdna učna pot
Kemijska analiza vode
Lesna biomasa
Načrtovanje prostora z umestitvijo rastlinske čistilne naprave
Natura 2000
Propadanje gozda
Rastlinska čistilna naprava
Zelišča na ekološki kmetiji
Spoznajmo tla in analize prsti

Social networks

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Promotional film Nature’s Classroom 2009

This educational trail leads through all kinds of awe-inspiring trees growing in the region of Zgornje Poljčane, Križeča vas, Brezje and Novake. Slovenia, among other things, take pride in its rich diversity of tree and bush species.

Our forests are among the best preserved and Slovenia is one of the most heavily forested countries in Europe. In order to understand the forest better, we have to get to know its trees. Indigenous trees to this area are especially important.

Trees do not grow only in forests, of course. Special significance in Slovene history is given to those trees that were planted in important places, where key historical events took place. Especially important are the lime trees that our ancestors planted on their farms to sit in their shade where they would meet with friends and make deals. Similarly, yew trees were planted on almost every larger farm on Pohorje, just like the chestnut trees that represented a source of survival for numerous generations.

We should not neglect to mention pioneer species, such as juniper, that colonize barren ground and of course we cannot neglect the unique trees, which are becoming even rarer. Sadly, one of those is an ancient Slovene tree species – the rowan, which was used as herbal remedy for people and animals.

The educational trail through the Dravinja valley starts where two roads meet: one leading from Zgornje Poljčane to Spodnje Poljčane and the other, a macadam road, making its way through the grasslands from Podboč to Studenice. It follows the Dravinja through vast meadows under Boč Mountain.

The Dravinja rises below Rogla on Pohorje. It leaves its mark, flowing through the region, until it empties into Drava near Šturmovci. In its upper part, it is a mountain stream. Later it transforms into a mighty lowland river, lazily meandering through the valley between Boč, Haloze and Dravinjske gorice. Through the millenia, the river has changed its course many times, but its many features have remained recognisable to the present day. For the most part, it has retained the majority of its natural riverbed and indigenous vegetation, especially on the section between Draža vas and Doklece.

Due to the river’s dynamics, various hydromorphological structures can be found in the riverbed and its flood plain is mostly covered by various types of extensive meadows that – in combination with other morphological elements like willows, solitary trees, dead-end channels, meanders and depressions, swamps and pools – create a typical panorama of this area.

The “Valey of the Freshwater Crabs” educational trail is located in Dravinjske gorice, north of Modraže and not far from the Vouk farm. Up to the present day, this small patch of land has preserved a unique combination of cultural and natural landscapes. The valley consists of a number of extensive wet meadows, reach forest edges and a beautiful lowland forest with a creek.

The smaller creek, originating below the Vouk farm and opening into the Dravinja south of Globoko, has been preserved in its natural state and serves as an ideal learning ground for the presentation of the dinamycs of running water. A number of endangered and protected animal species have found shelter here, such as the stone crayfish (Austropotamobius torrentium) and the Balkan goldenring (Cordulegaster heros). In case of the stone crayfish, we can also say that the creek below the Vouk farm is the best suited habitat for it in all of Haloze and Dravinjske gorice region.

The area contains interesting thermophilic grasslands on its western edges and forest clearings next to the creek itself, whose ponds and forest headwaters complete the colourful range of diverse habitats.

Near the forest edge of Dravinjske gorice, there is the Beekeepers’ Cottage in the centre of Poljčane, surrounded by herbs for providing pollen for bees. The premises of the Beekeepers’ Cottage, which is also the seat of the Beekeepers’ and Herblaists’ society, also contain a freshwater spring.

The specially cultivated surroundings provide bees withe peaceful gathering of pollen. There are quite a few beekeepers in the Dravinja valley. Ever since the government started issuing subsidies for setting up beehives, there has been growing interest for beekeeping among the young.

The Beekeepers’ Society unites beekeepers from Dravinja valley and its outskirts.