Location: Brno, Czech Republic
City population: 384,333
Project duration: 2014 - ongoing
Project cost: Unknown
Financing source(s): EU funds, Public national budget

Forest Trail for Educational Purposes

Lesní naučná stezka

An educational forest trail was organized by the centre for environmental education Lipka as part of the ACT WELLL project initiated by the cross-border partnership Austria - Czech Republic 2007-2013. The trail includes eight stops on a two-kilometre circuit, where children and adults can learn about how nature works through games and challenges. (Ref. 2; Ref. 3)

Urban setting

  • Grey infrastructure with green features
    • Institutional green space
  • Parks and (semi)natural urban green areas
    • Large urban park or forest

Key challenges

  • Green space, habitats and biodiversity (SDG 15)
  • Health and well-being (SDG 3)

Main beneficiaries

  • Public sector institution (e.g. school or hospital)
  • Citizens or community groups
Project objectives
- Create a forest trail for educational purposes to learn about natural phenomena and processes in the forest through interactive games (Ref. 2; Ref. 3)
Implementation activities
- Each stop on the trail includes educational sign posts and educational game elements that lead to learning about nature - The nature trail is suitable for children and adults. It is also freely accessible to the public - There is also a programme for school children where teachers take them along the trail and do the games with them (Ref. 2; Ref. 3; Ref. 4)

Type of initiating organisation

  • EU bodies
  • National government
  • Public sector institution (e.g. school or hospital)

Management set-up

Co-governance or hybrid governance (mix of responsibilities between government and non-government actors)

Participatory approaches/ community involvement

  • Dissemination of information and education
Details on the roles of the organisations involved in the project
Lipka is funded by the South Moravian Region, the Ministry of Education, the city of Brno, and by EU and EEA grants. The forest trail activity is organised by Lipka as part of the ACT WELLL programme, which is an initiative of the cross-border partnership Czech Republic 2007-2013. The partnership consists of Austrian and Czech environmental education organizations and is funded by the EU and the Austrian Government. (Ref. 1; Ref. 2; Ref. 5)
Project implemented in response to ...
... an EU policy or strategy? Yes
The intervention was funded by the ERDF (Ref. 1; Ref. 5). Since the nature trail was opened in 2014, it must have been funded by the ERDF 2007 - 2013, which means it was influenced by the European Commission's Regulation (EC) No 1080/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 July 2006 on the European Regional Development Fund and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1783/1999 (Ref. 4; Ref. 6).
... a national policy or strategy? Unknown
... a local policy or strategy? Unknown
Expected impacts
  • Cultural heritage and cultural diversity
Details on impacts and indicators used - The trail has been visited by people already (Ref. 8). However, no information is available about particular school visits, the number of people who have visited, or their impressions from the experience.

Presence of formal monitoring system

Unknown

Presence of indicators used in reporting

Unknown

Presence of monitoring/ evaluation reports

Unknown

Availability of a web-based monitoring tool

Unknown

 

Disclaimer: The data collection was carried out between June and August 2017, the information presented has not been updated afterwards.