Since 2016, Elmen primary school has been the first of three nature park schools in the Tiroler Lech nature park. Recently, there was a lot of excitement and hustle and bustle as the evaluation was about to take place. The criteria set by the VNÖ (Association of Nature Parks in Austria) were checked.
In accordance with the mission statement and the learning objectives of the Nature Park School VS Elmen, which deals, among other things, with environmentally friendly and responsible action in the Tyrolean Lech Nature Park as well as with the unique habitats and animal and plant species worthy of protection, numerous activities were set. Together with the Tiroler Lech Nature Park, many exciting excursions and lectures were organised and held. Highlights included the visit to the nature exhibition " Der letzte Wilde" near Reutte, the excursion to the lady's slipper area in Martinauer Au and the insight into the LIFE Lech project. The pupils were given the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of wild animals, amphibians and beekeeping. Together, the Nature Park School VS Elmen and the Nature Park Tyrolean Lech were allowed to set up a Nature Park Corner in the school as well as a scent trail in the outdoor facilities of the Nature Park House Klimmbrücke. A colourful programme of further training was also offered for the teachers. The topics of the Tyrolean Lech Nature Park, geology, the alluvial forest and the LIFE Lech project were on the agenda.
The auditor who carried out the evaluation found that the criteria were met to the fullest satisfaction. She thanked the headmaster for his great commitment and the great offer from the Tiroler Lech Nature Park. The director of the Nature Park School VS Elmen Simon Walch said about this success: "This makes us incredibly proud! It fills us with great joy that we fulfilled all the criteria to the highest degree in the evaluation of the nature park school. This is a confirmation of our work." The Association of Nature Parks of Austria sent the recertification certificate to the school with a hearty congratulations. The nature park team would also like to join in the congratulations and looks forward to continued good and constructive cooperation!
The pupils of the Elmen Nature Park School regularly write letters to readers for the newspapers. We are also allowed to show the valuable mail on our homepage:
The pupils of the Elmen Nature Park Elementary School have written a letter for the "dear Mr. Bluatschink"... or may we call it a statement of support? Dedication and commitment are clear!
When the nature park comes to school...
...necks stretch and explorers' eyes light up!
The first of the now 3 nature park schools in the protected area has been teaching the values of the Tiroler Lech Nature Park for years under the leadership of Director Dipl.-Päd. Walch Simon, BEd. Together with the office and nature educators from the Natopia association, several action days are held for the children every year.
This time Yvonne Markl, Deputy Managing Director of the Tiroler Lech Nature Park, visited the 20 children in Elmen in person.
Besides many colourful pictures of the Tyrolean Lech, there were riddles to solve, finds to marvel at and many, many questions to answer. The LIFE Lech project as a measure against flood protection and for the promotion of habitat diversity was also explained.
"The closeness to nature is particularly remarkable! There are real nature experts among the children. Some parents can still learn something from them," Yvonne says after the morning at the school.
'We have a very beautiful nature, a treasure that we have to take very good care of. But our blue planet is suffering! How will this end for all of us?'...
...wondered schoolgirls at the Elmen Nature Park School and therefore put their concerns in writing: In four open letters, they demanded that the Federal President and from the Governorto stand up and act.
The children's concerns are expressed crystal clear. The great suffering caused by increasing natural disasters must come to an end! Forests should remain a habitat for animals and serve to purify the air! A sustainable solution is needed for plastic waste and toxic waste!
The primary school girls feel a strong connection to the Tiroler Lech Nature Park and are also concerned about its condition. For example, they engage with Rubbish collection campaigns actively advocate for the preservation of the unique landscape.
The commitment of the eight to ten year olds is remarkable. Go ahead and read the letters and feel inside yourself. Perhaps you will also wonder what kind of world we live in, where children take care of the disposal of the legacy so that they too can have a Chance have a planet worth living on?
At Monday, 28.05.2018 the time had finally come. The Nature Park School VS Elmen visited the Lady's Slipper Area Martinauer Au. Wolfgang Köck from the mountain rescue service Elmen-Pfafflar guided the pupils through Europe's largest contiguous lady's slipper area in the Trockenau forest. What makes the lady's slipper special? Why do so many lady's slippers bloom in this area? These are just a few questions that were addressed during this morning.
The pupils were thrilled when they got to see the lady's slipper splendour. Klara Friedle, Isabell Mair and Kilian Friedle were delighted to see the blossom:
The pupils of the nature park school VS Elmen learn in and from nature. You can read how to do this in the Toni Times from 01 October 2017: