2021 01 19


The long-awaited construction of the Nature School has started in the Curonian Spit National Park. The doors for nature lovers are scheduled to be open in 2022 spring. The nature school will be located in Smiltynė and Nida.

The Curonian Spit National Park Directorate will offer green educational programs of various durations for students, families and nature lovers.

It is important that visitors to the Curonian Spit National Park understand the uniqueness of the nature of this peninsula, recognize unique natural processes, learn what is the most valuable in this place and touch the secrets of wildlife.

Currently, there are 6 nature schools in the protected areas: Aukštaitija and Dzūkija National Parks, as well as Sirvėta, Kaunas lagoon, Varniai and Žagarė Regional Parks. Three more nature schools will open their doors this and next year - in the Curonian Spit National Park, Žuvintas Biosphere Reserve and Kurtuvėnai Regional Park. The National School of Nature in Vilnius is being planned and designed already.

Nature schools are very popular in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Great Britain, and Western European countries. Even the youngest children in Norway spend a lot of time in nature schools and in nature, regardless of the weather.

In nature schools, teachers with groups of students or organized groups of visitors can order educational programs. Specialists of protected areas teach to behave responsibly in nature, help to form a favorable public attitude towards protected areas and the importance of nature protection.

The project documentation and construction of nature schools are financed from the EU structural funds and coordination with the State Service for Protected Areas under the Ministry of Environment.

The new nature schools are being built under the project “Protection and Adaptation of Landscape Values (II)”, which aims to ensure good condition, proper use, management, adaptation and access to protected landscape, natural and cultural values, including conditions for nature education and training.