Kids explore Hiliberzo at a summer rally with the help of an app

Black Forest Nature Park

What exactly is the earth made of? With the help of an app, kids learn about nature at the new summer gathering at Black Forest Central/North Nature Park.


There is plenty to discover for children aged 5 to 13 in Hilbertzo at the new summer gathering in Black Forest Central/North Nature Park.

Photo: Lena Schmidt

What are those blobs of paint on the floor? What animals live in chickpeas? And why were wet meadows often dried up in the past? Children ages 5 to 13 will find answers to these and many other questions at the new summer gathering at Black Forest Central/North Nature Park.

Siblings Annabelle, 10, and Julius, 7, want to complete the tour with their cousins. First they study the map in the app. “Let’s go!” Julius shouted and started running excitedly.

Nature sniffers will leave the familiar path and get out in nature – that’s exactly their thing, the Baden-Baden siblings agree and are happy to set off. The first request comes after a few meters. Children should examine the types of stones on the floor of a meadow driveway. Some are round and some are square.

A beautiful flower picture should be made from the found pebbles and photographed. There are two paintings of flowers on the way already. “We can do better than that!” says seven-year-old Julius and begins collecting stones for his artwork. Stone by stone is carefully checked and arranged. Sister Annabelle is satisfied with the end result: “This is the right way.”

Smaller hikers now have to climb a few metres, but the trails run mostly on accessible field and meadow trails. There is always something to discover there. After a short walk, the group arrives at the spring.

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A thin trickle of the stream can still be seen, last week’s heat did a great job here. The budding investigators are now supposed to collect crushed granite from the stream. Some even have a slight golden luster, and Annabelle and her little brother are learning.

Siblings discover dawn in the Black Forest Nature Park

After turning around to the source, another command waits at the next fork. This time it’s time to get creative. A natural face must be made from the existing earth. Julius begins digging up dirt from the slope with a small shovel.

Children look at the map.

All children’s questions about nature are answered via the app. At the same time, they can put their knowledge to the test.

Photo: Lena Schmidt

There is even a little dust, the ground is already dry. The seven-year-old continues to poke with caution. After all, he just learned that wild bees can also live here. You can recognize their “apartment” by small holes in the floor. So caution is advised.

Then the earth is collected in his hand, and Cousin Elias – who today voluntarily carries a backpack and a shovel – pours a little water on the ground in his hand. Julius subtly begins to shape the mass of the Earth that is now stronger into a sphere. His sister does the same for him. Finally, add a nose, mouth and eyes with other materials – and the natural face is completed.

The assignments are best read by an older child or adult. So everyone else can focus on their new detective job and there’s no shortage of fun. The info texts also available in the app are interesting for those who are interested, but they are not necessary to complete the tasks.

Kids use the app to collect points for correct answers

The feeling of success doesn’t fall by the wayside in the round either. If a question is answered correctly, the digital piggy bank game chimes in. bell! “200 points again!” Annabelle cheers proudly. Rejoicing in the hypothetical points collected with a correct answer is also great.

On the way, the app also invites you to discover a variety of animals in the area. The first inhabitants of the bottom can be found quickly. “Ihhh, a woodlice” calls out to the children.

Through application, they quickly learn that this supposedly disgusting animal makes an important contribution to soil decomposition. The siblings also spot fawns, many lizards, and butterflies. Happy discovery heart.

Natural face of clay, leaves and nuts.

Tasks also await children during the interactive exploration rally. Like this: They’re supposed to make a natural face.

Photo: Lena Schmidt

Every now and then the app invites you for a small search quiz, for example to search for different types of plants. With so many pictures of meadow, young investigators become familiar with the various meadow flowers. What is the difference between moss and lichen? Kids quickly learn that algae tends to grow on moist soil.

Soil, consisting of minerals, humic substances, water and air, is closely examined with the help of fun tasks. The more humus the soil contains, the darker it will be. So the soil rich in minerals is a light, humus-rich soil that is rather dark. Children have to form different globes and compare their colours.

Numerous benches and shaded seating areas invite you to relax and take a picnic break in the tour. Tired, Annabelle and Julius flop on the bench. “It’s very hot today,” says Annabelle, exhausted.

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