Digital Passover Program
Kids immerse themselves in the world of rabbits with their tablets
Friday 15/4/22 | 8:27 am | to
It is almost impossible to see a rabbit in the wild. That’s why the Heinz Sielmann Foundation has created something new for Easter: discover the rabbit’s habitat with your tablet.
You know that: Parents wander happily in nature, and teens walk behind them grumbling. She looks longingly at the smartphone. Or so: the adults promised to see great animals on the way. But they do not attend at all, or at most from afar, out of caution and shyness. what should be done?
“Connecting the Old and New World” is the answer at the Heinz Sielmann Foundation. This means being in nature and exploring it through digital devices. This is why there is a “360° digital walk” in southern Brandenburg around Easter, with everything to do with the rabbit, the symbolic animal of Easter.
Christine Hensberger, responsible for environmental education at the Heinz Sielmann Foundation, came up with the digital gathering: “Children and young adults can almost immerse themselves in the rabbit habitat with an iPad.” You have to come to Lower Lusatia, southwest of Spreewald. Here, in Wanninchen, is the Heinz Sielmann Foundation’s Nature Experience Center, in the heart of the early lignite mining region.
Watch the Escape Master in the video
Among other things, Kristen Hensberger has created videos and photos of bunnies for digital gathering – how they live, curl, and run. So you can at least see on your iPad what Master Lamp is reluctant to show: his life and what he does. “The rabbit is an absolute master at camouflage and escape tactics,” says Christine Hensberger, full of appreciation.
In the photo you can be close to him. This is a nice side effect of a strategy that is actually aimed at something else. In principle, the Heinz Sielmann Foundation wants to become more digital. “We also want to reach people who aren’t really passionate about nature, and who don’t have access to it,” says Kristen Hensberger.
The 360-degree rally gets its name from a rabbit’s ability to see around it. On the walk you can discover why his field of vision is wide and what is useful for him. Also includes a test and information about rabbits, which have nothing to do with wild rabbits. In fact, it’s also about laying eggs, but Kristen Hensberger doesn’t want to reveal everything up front about how that relates to rabbits, she says and laughs.
Perhaps the digital rabbit gathering will make all those who do not like nature want to see the real scene around it. Because the Wanninchen Nature Experience Center is located in the middle of a landscape destroyed by man and now restored by nature. A true resurrection, which also aligns nicely with Easter. Brown coal has been mined here in Lower Lusatia for 30 years.
Today, it grows and thrives amazingly, says Christine Hensberger: “Wanninchen is a special place. We have so many wonderful species of animals and plants that have either settled here again or found a new home.” The post-mining scene is interesting for those who don’t know each other. “There is such a strange lunar landscape, all white, full of sand – and yet there is so much life again,” the apprentice biologist enthuses.
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