RMK expects thousands of children on free study trips to see wintery nature 17.01
From 16 January to 2 March, the State Forest Management Centre (RMK) is organising free nature study programs in the wintery forest for kindergarten and school children at nature centres across Estonia.
RMK Chief Specialist of Nature Education Helen Luks says that children can choose between more than 50 different nature study programs taking place at 18 RMK nature centres. “As the previous years have shown great public interest in the venture, this year we decided to run the winter campaign until the beginning of March,” said Luks and added that this allows them to offer more programs for the children.
The winter campaign concentrates on introducing the wintery nature. “Going to the woods with class or kindergarten mates to see traces of birds and animals eating and moving always brings more joy of discovery than merely what you can learn in the classroom or see in a book,” Luks noted and added that the freshly fallen snow provides especially good possibilities for this. On the forest trip, children must definitely wear weather-proof clothes and footwear.
Registration for RMK programs is already open – it can be done on the website www.rmk.ee, where more detailed information about destinations and program content is also available.
RMK free nature study programs for schools and kindergartens take place within the spring, autumn and winter campaigns. In 2011, RMK nature centres organised 1500 campaign programs with ca 30 000 participants.
RMK is a profit-making state agency established under the Forestry Act, aimed at sustainable and efficient management of the state forest. RMK grows reforestation material, organises forest works, is engaged in the sale of forest and timber, and organises the protection and care of wild game. In addition, RMK creates opportunities for hiking in nature and forest recreation on recreational areas, in Estonia’s five national parks and 40 other protected areas, and shapes nature awareness. RMK manages 38% of Estonia’s forests.