of the education path in the Fekete István Education Center
Nature Conservation Association
- Theme of project
Renovation of the already formed education path, establishing
of bird repatriation station, creation of renewable energy exhibition
- Project summary
The Fekete István Education Center built in the forest of the
HOTEK is suitable for the nature-conservational approachforming
in a nice area, as the forest surrounding the Education Center
is serving the better knowing of environment- and nature protection.
In our program we apply for support for a program, which promote
the nature-conservational approach forming, serving the interest
of the local people and the citizens of the Nagykunság region.
The program would realize an education path in the forest around
the Education Center, establishing natural games, resting- and
educating basis, and only natural resources would be used up
for the realization. The area would formed be nature conservation
centralized, as the selective waste collection would be realized
(the selective waste collecting trash cans are already bought),
a composting system would established and by the using of renewable
energy resources (sun-, wind and biomass) for different apparates
would contribute to the popularization of renewable energy resources.
The establishing of bird repatriation station in the forest
is belonging to our forest-developing aims, as this station
would serve educating, approach-forming aims and would reduce
the problem of injured protected birds, in the region. Besides
these native tree and bush species would planted for education
aims, bird-protection park would established and a herb-garden.
The environmental education is one of the target-programs of
the Nimfea Nature Conservation Association. Several camps, lectures,
weekend programs, free-time activities and trips were organized
for local students and students from disadvantaged regions,
and from Budapest. The popular camps are organized in different
places in every year. Programs are regularly organized on the
„Green Days”, just like the International World Day, Water Day,
Habitat Day, etc.
The organisations were held in different places, in local and
regional level too.
The need for our activity is raising from year-to-year. The
Nimfea started to build its Education Center ten years before.
The lack of capital and many other factors, the education center
was not build for ten years. Last year the new applications
made possible the starting of the building. The Fekete István
Environmental Education Center is build up this year. The poor
funding limit our possibilities. The present funding enough
for the finishing the building and for furnishing.
The Education Center is settled in a small forest next to Túrkeve,
which is maintained by the Nimfea Nature Conservation Association
and its partner organisation, the Herman Otto Nature Protection
Group (HOTEK). The education center is for the ensuring of regular
programs and free-time activities for children and students,
for summer camps also.
The exhibitions in the center presents the natural values of
the region, popularize the renewable energy resources, introduce
the work of the Nimfea.
An education path was formed in the forest few years befora,
but most parts of it were stolen, because the forest was not
fenced around. The finishing of the building creates the possibilities
for the establishing the education path. The education path
would formed for the introducing of the wildlife of the forest
and the neighbouring grassland and wetland habitats. A sample
park would formed for the introducing and popularization of
bird protection, where every types of nest-boxes, feeders and
bird protection technics, equipment could be introduced to the
A renewable energy introducing site would be formed near the
education center, where the visitors could study sun-collector
and sun-cell systems, wind-turbines and biomass using opportunities.
The Nimfea Nature Conservation Association maintain a bird repatriation
station, but the present capacity is not enough for the sick
birds. Mainly white storks, buzzards, kestrels, herriers are
cured here. A new repatriation station would build near the
education center, where the long-term keeping of the injured
birds can be solved. Besides the repatriation, the visitors
could meet these birds. Those birds, which can not be repatriated
would be placed here too. The visiting of the bird voliers would
be the part of the education path.
Hungary, Norther Great Plain Region, Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok County,
Nagykun small region, town of Túrkeve
- Target groups
The main target groups are local children and students from
the region. The planned education path is unique in Hungary,
because no similar projects were realized yet. The approach-forming
work would be also done for teachers and for the parents to.
We would like to reach that regular teacher-trainings would
be organised in the Education Center and the education path
would be the part of it.
- Used methods
Innovative education work combined the inside work with field
trip in the same place. The obtained knowledge could be practised
in the same place and there is no need for travelling far away
for field trip.
R. Benedek Sallai - managing director of Nimfea Nature Conservation
Association (nature conservational engineer)
Ms. Zsuzsanna Székely - program-leader (biology-environment
Mr. Ákos Monoki - targetprogram-leader of biodiversity protection
(biology-environment protection teacher)
effects of the project
conservational, and educational forest management and developing,
forma n education basis, which fills a gap, as there are no
other education centers for these aims, in the region. The
education basis is for the nature- and environmental education
of the people of the small region, and the visitors. The formed
education path and the environmental games, tests specieally
those which are operating by sun-cells, contribute to the
developing of environmental approach. We can reach the develping
of nature- and environment protection related behavior by
the selective waste collection basis, composting system. The
introducing plates and nest-boxes, bird feeders have got approach-forming
effect, which draw the attention to the importance of bird
protection. Introducing plates of plants are for the better
knowing of plant species, for their effective protection.
The planned bird repatriation station helps the introducing
of birds, studying, and the developing of consciousness for
We pay attantion for the using and popularizing of renewable
energies too in our education center. Besides the sun-collector
and pellet-burning heating system of the building, special
learning games will be maintained in the forest, which are
operated by sun-cells. A small wind-turbine will be built
next to the forest for water pumping for the herb-garden and
The using of renewable energy systems contribute to their
popularization and have got huge approach-forming effect,
showing the using opportunities of renewables.
- Importance of
planned project is filling a gap in the small-region as no similar
projects were realized and there are no similar Education Centers
in the Nagykunság. There are no any education path, no basis
for approach-forming in the small-region.
The establishing and maintaining of the birs repatriation station
is another important task, as the two other repatriation stations
are far away to here and the transportation of the birds is
not solved in the longer term, as it is creating huge costs
for the authorities and for our Association too.
The injured birds could get first-aid and professional nursing
all the time and the longer-term careing would be also solved
here. The introduction of the birds would serve educational
and approach-forming aims.
We would like to develop this small forest to a small education
basis which means a huge value for the town, to the local people
for the citizens of the region. The basis is for everybody,
for children, adults, families, retired people and handicapped,
disabled people too. The visitors can learn about nature conservation
and environment protection, their behavior would became environment-
and nature-friendly. The theoretical and practical teaching
could be realized in one place, contributing to the effective
The nest-boxes in the forest maintain the diverse bird-fauna,
the regular winter-feeding helps to protect the forest against
the harmful insects. By the planting of ancient plant, tree
and bush species, the biodiversity will raise in the forest,
and the adventive species will extinct.
The visitors can meet a forest which is in a good condition,
its wildlife is diverse, can meet the natural values, nature
conservation methods, renewable enrgy using opportunities. The
knowledge of the visitors will be developed and their approach
will be drawed to environment protection.
official opening of the Fekete István Education Center will
be at early October. The building is nearly finishing and few
works were started for the establishing of the education path.
Education workbook series are edited for different aged students.
This small forest of seven hectares is owned by the Local Government
of Túrkeve, but rented and maintained by the Nimfea Nature Conservation
Association and its member organisation, the Herman Otto Nature
Conservation Group as the area is a local nature conservation
site. Nest-boxes are placed out for birds, to create new breeding
places for protected bird species.
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