National Park and Biosphere Schools
The pilot schools at a glance
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This year’s training on the topic of “Project work on future issues” took place in November under the direction of Anke Schlehufer (Burg Schwaneck Nature Experience Center, Munich). Teachers from a wide range of school types have tested participatory methods for education for sustainable development (ESD) for use in everyday school life.
New biosphere hedge planted
Shortly after the autumn holidays, a 6th grade class from the Berchtesgaden middle school supported the planting campaign with the landscape conservation association Biosphere Region BGL e.V in Schönau am Königssee. The 29 students were enthusiastic and planted a hedge around 60 meters long.
Workshops on nature and sustainability
Right at the start of the school year, the Rottmayr High School in Laufen held its traditional “Protected Area Day” with a diverse program. For example, a class from the prospective “National Park and Biosphere School” visited the organic farm “Lecker” and dealt with the topic “What does my food have to do with climate protection?”
The second network meeting took place on April 20, 2023. In this context, the participating teachers from the prospective National Park and Biosphere Schools received a keynote speech with regional examples on the topic of “Forest renaturation in the Berchtesgadener Land Biosphere Region” and had the opportunity to share activities that have already been carried out, ongoing projects at their schools and initial successes.
Offer for National Park and Biosphere Schools in the pilot phase
Explore native habitats on excursions in the area surrounding the school and develop ways to a sustainable lifestyle in workshops: The Biosphere Administration Office offers a diverse range of nature and sustainability activities for all grades.
Establishing joint 'National Park and Biosphere Schools'.
Both administrative offices have been established educational institutions for a long time offering special school programs that have received many awards. The possibility to be recognized as a “National Park School” or “Biosphere School” did not exist in the district of Berchtesgadener Land so far. In a school cooperation of the umbrella organization of the largest protected areas in Germany, the Nationalen Naturlandschaften e.V. (NNL), long-term cooperations with schools are established on the basis of defined criteria. These are already in place in numerous protected areas: There are “Biosphere Schools” in the Rhön, and “National Park Schools” in the Bavarian Forest. The new cooperation project involving both a national park and a biosphere region is unique in Germany and is funded by the Bavarian Ministry of the Environment. It makes use of the already existing competencies of both institutions.
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Three-year pilot phase of the project
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