How Nagelfluhkette Nature Park educates children about engaging with nature – News from Immenstadt

The motto of the children in the Nagelfluhkette Nature Park is to learn by playing between the forest and the swamp. On the road with young future guards.

Alexandre Fiorelli asks: “Do we really want to start a competition right away?” The nature park guide gets a “yes” from the group of kids around him. So the day begins with questions about the plants and animals of the world Naglflow series. Boys and girls are currently training to become young rangers in the nature park. It’s the third and last day. The hike goes from the Hörnerbahn mountain station near Bolsterlang over Ochsenkopf to Ostertal near Gunzesried.

First stop of the day after half an hour. Today’s topic is the forest. “Why do you need a forest at all?” He asks the guard Florian Heinel – who was called by the children Flo – as a question and many hands the answer. The children sit across from him on the slope. ‘Because of the air’, ‘as avalanche protection’ and ‘for the game’ are some of the answers the 29-year-old received. There is another answer in direct view: on the other side of the valley, the remains of a pebble can be seen behind the coach’s left shoulder. The forest is also important for protection from such events, especially in algeo.

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Heinel is a goalkeeper with heart and soul and is clearly happy to pass on that enthusiasm to the new generation. In 2016, a trained forest ranger oversaw the training of a junior ranger for the first time. Lady Dog Fanny is always by his side. It is also a beloved companion for children.

After an hour of hiking, it’s lunch time at the summit of Ochsenkopf. You shouldn’t miss entering all 17 of the Young Guards in the Summit Book before it’s time to land after their snack, which is still plenty to discover.

Little Ranger training is for children between the ages of 9 and 12. Some of them had previously gone to nature park schools. There are a total of four beginner’s camps in the program this summer, two of them on the Allgäu side of the nature park.

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An important issue yet to be addressed is the swamp. Large water tank in the natural park. The coaches impressively show why and how this happens. Florian Heinel holds a piece of algae in his hand to express it. Plenty of water is still running out, even though it hasn’t rained in over a week. Then he pours water on the moss again to show how much water it can hold and why it is so important to the functioning of nature as a whole.

It continues downhill through forests and swamps. “You’d better not touch the plant,” Alexander Verl told the young guards in front of him. They just discovered a blue monastery on the side of the road. It is an amazing and beautiful plant, but also one of the most poisonous plants on the European continent, explains the 38-year-old. A qualified biologist finds these moments important. It makes sense not only to work through firmware elements, but also to respond to spontaneous discoveries and questions, as is the case with the Eisenhut. The goal is to educate children about nature in a playful and playful way so that they can pass on the knowledge later.

Make your own herbal quark success in Nagelfluhkette Nature Park

In the meantime, Grafenalpe in Ostertal is almost reached, but before the last part of the hike there is one highlight. For this, Florian Heinel has to explain something again. So all the little guards sit and listen. Many well-grown bushes take root behind the back of the hull. Some with blueberries and some with cranberries. How do you distinguish these two? Some have red flesh and an easily recognizable circle on the underside. These are berries and they are precisely the ones that can be collected now so that they can be eaten together later. Many are also eaten up at once, betrayed by countless hands, lips, and blue tongues. The kids seem to be excited about this. How did the three days go down in general? He was having a lot of fun, said Noah, who had already attended a nature garden school. Twelve-year-old Lislot liked the show, too. One segment of the program on day two particularly impressed her: “I thought collecting herbs and making my own herbal quark was cool.”

At the end of the course, Noah, Lislotte and the other children receive a certificate and a T-shirt. The exciting rookie guard training is over.

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