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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)

Limnos
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

Ekosistemi
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
Kompostiranje
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

Nature’s Classroom @ Facebook
Nature’s Classroom @ Twitter
Nature’s Classroom @ Vimeo
Nature’s Classroom @ Flicker

Promo

Promotional film Nature’s Classroom 2009

A large section of the Municipality of Poljčane is part of the Natura 2000 network. In the video the mayor explains how the features of the landscape are used and integrated into projects. That is followed by a presentation of the Nature Development Centre, which will connect natural and cultural heritage with tourism activities in the municipality.

Video Report

Panoramic Pictures

Video transcript

The authorities of the Municipality of Poljčane are aware that raising awareness of the environment, ecoremediation approaches and nature protection also helps them promote their home area. That is why they were among the first to implement certain innovative projects, one of them being the outdoor educational course.

Stanislav Kovačič, Mayor of Poljčane: We are taking a serious approach to protecting our environment, which is a logical consequence of the fact that 60 % of the Poljčane area is part of the Natura 2000 network. Therefore, we have to use the advantages of Natura 2000, integrate them into various projects and I am proud to say that we were quite innovative in this regard and received praise from all over Slovenia. Our largest investment was the Nature Development Centre; however, it is not merely a building, which we physically adapted for future operation, but a combination of projects related to it. This year we have already installed two constructed wetlands with suitable drainage systems in Podboč and Krasna. Next year two more buildings will become functional – the former school in Studenice as a geomorphologic centre and a structure in Zgornje Poljčane, a former blacksmiths workshop, as a nature centre in the sense of preserving the Boč Landscape Park.

Klavdija Majer, Municipality of Poljčane, project manager: The centre will provide visitors with information on the natural heritage of the Bela valley and on the cultural heritage of this whole area. At the same time, visitors will be able to bake bread in this building and learn about our ancestor’s way of life in this area.

An educational trail along the Dravinja River will also be established, featuring four info points and a hide for watching birds. Info points will contain information on the treasures and particularities of the valley, the Dravinja River and the Boč Landscape Park.

Klavdija Majer, Municipality of Poljčane, project manager: We will also restore the Convent Educational Trail with fourteen info points where visitors will be able obtain information about the natural and cultural heritage of Studenice.

Klavdija Majer, Municipality of Poljčane, project manager: This building will house the Nature Development Centre administration. The project will next year be institutionalized as a public institute – the Municipality of Poljčane is going to found the public institute “Nature Development Centre”, whose main objective will be to connect natural and cultural heritage of Poljčane and create added value for tourism in the Poljčane area.

Stanislav Kovačič, Mayor of Poljčane: Ever since we started working on these projects, we tried to involve a large circle of people, so, in a way, these projects reflect their opinion. People connected with that and I believe that these projects will bring to our parts the opportunity for a better life, better income and, of course, activities related to the operation of the Nature Development Centre.

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The Ličenca Ecosystem educational trail follows the valley of the Ličenca creek between the fish ponds Štepihovec and Štatenberšek, near the small settlement of Sveti Jernej pri Ločah.

The path crosses the Natura 2000 area and includes preserved extensive wetlands over 2700 hectares of Dravinjske gorice. In addition to the Ličenca valley located to the northeast of Poljčane, there are number of smaller creeks flowing through the wet and well-preserved meadows among the settlements of Ličenca, Žabjek and Cigonca.

The uniform complex of the area also includes preserved remains of oak tree flood forests in Cigonca, representing one of the last remains of these, once extensive, forests in Slovenia.

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Things are lively at the Ecoremediation Course in Modraže even when no education activities are taking place there at this time. Ferdo Vouk and his team are preparing the grounds for experiential education. View the photo report and the panoramic image.

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For centuries, the Boč region has been covered by paths and trails created by the numerous mountain and nature lovers who often visit here. In the recent decades, some of those paths have been equipped with signs and displays presenting the region’s cultural heritage. One of the more interesting ones is Boč forest educational trail, leading from Zgornje Poljčane all the way to the lookout spot on top of Boč and then downwards again to the Balunjača cave, where the treasure of Špelca, a terrible local woman bandit, is said to be hidden. Špelca used to prey on god-fearing pilgrims on their way to the churches on Sladka gora, Ljubična or Kostrivnica.

The complex Boč area, which is connected to Donačka gora and the hills of western Haloze, features an exceptional and well-preserved natural environment.

Boč is well known for its preserved and dense forests growing on its steep slopes. These forests contain indigenous species, the most common among them being the beech tree, the so-called mother of Slovene forests. In addition to the beech tree, other species can be found on the northern and eastern slopes of Boč, such as ash, maple tree, wild cherry, walnut and hornbeam. Boč’s warmer slopes  feature a karst landscape, where we can find sumac, pubescent oak, the wild service tree, whitebeam, manna ash and the black hop-hornbeam. It seems as if we are not on the same mountain anymore …

Boč is home to wild boars, deer and mouflons. The latter, however, are not indigenous to this area. Throughout the year, Boč is bristling with rich plant and animal life, and people often come here to visit and admire the beautiful landscape.

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The Bela creek valley, winding its way next to the road between Zgornje Poljčane nad Lovnik, could be called the quarry valley as well.

The white sedimentary rock called dolomite makes for good construction material. The rock, locally called “poljčanar”, is used for construction, road building and many other purposes in the vicinity of Poljčane as well as further away.

The largest quarry in the Bela valley is run by the Granit company. Several smaller quarries have been abandoned in the past and some of them have in time become valuable habitats for plant and animal life. Sadly, attempts to illegally mine the rock disturb the unique diversity.

There are many treasures hidden below Haloze. Their creation is linked to a 280-million-year old grey sedimentary rock called limestone.

In the mass of limestone to the southeast of Poljčane and southwest of Makole, there are number of karts formations and phenomena.There we can find typical geomorphologic formations – funnel-shaped holes, ponors, chasms and the largest “Styrian” cave – the Belojača.

In places where limestone comes into contact with much younger, merely 20-million-year old rocks, “black gold” has accumulated in the geological past. In the first part of the 20th century, the coal industry was the main source of income for many families in this region. The Makole coal mine with its sectors Sega and Hrastovec-Kleče stopped operating in 1963.

It left behind an ethnological, historical and technical legacy, while a “new” legacy is being created in the abandoned mine shafts – a legacy of numerous micro-karst formations (karst spring in Studenice, funnel-shaped holes and chasms in the area of Leneš, the Belojača cave) and micro-karst formations in abandoned mine shafts.

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 learning course is located in the Municipality of Miklavž na Dravskem polju, in the Dobrovce village, on a water protection area with the strictest regime. The course covers an area of 1.53 hectares and provides information about environmental laws and processes and the effect of mankind’s activities on groundwater.

The first part of the course will feature a learning centre with a garden and ERM facilities, where ERM processes will be observed and studied on phytoremediation beds, hedgerows, beds of ethereal plants and herbs, and a fruit tree plantation. The other part of the course is composed of an observation area with two observation rooms, where the effects on soil and groundwater will be monitored. Two 2 m deep holes were dug for the observation rooms.

Pano Report

View panoramic images of the first day of construction of the course. We suggest you use the full-screen mode.

Video report

Video transcript

In the early morning hours, in the Municipality of Miklavž na Dravskem polju, in the Village of Dobrovce, to be more precise, in the water protection area with the strictest regime, preparation started for digging holes for observation rooms of an outdoor learning course that will feature information on environmental laws and processes and on how mankind’s activities affect the groundwater.

Participants: From here we’ll continue three more meters that way … – We continue? – For three more meters, that’s why this is secured, so it doesn’t fall …

The observation rooms will at a depth of two meters display soil composition and show how mankind’s activities affect the top layer of soil and change the water’s property.

Participants: Nicely, metre by metre … Slowly! – No problem …

The course will cover an area of one and a half hectare and will encompass a learning centre with garden and ecoremediation facilities. It is designed as an open system that will be gradually shaped by activities of children, pupils, students and other visitors.

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