Arche Wattenmeer






East Atlantic flyway


WLI Europe


Arche Wattenmeer of NSG Schutzstation Wattenmeer e.V.

We have 5 “stations” on Sylt and 20 along the west coast of “Schleswig-Holstein” (between Hamburg and Denmark). Protecting Mud flats, salt marshes, dunes, etc.; lots of migrant and local birds, harbor seals, porpoise, grey seals, and many more. Our exhibition is located in an old church, which in 2013 was converted to a National Park visitor centre; we have 15 different (mainly walking) tours on offer, and seasonal exhibits.

Overall aims of your centre

Education about the Nationalpark and World Heritage Site Waddensea and the Mud flats; gain understanding in nature and problems like plastic waste in the sea, fishery and many other issues.

Funding support

Donations, Educations Work, Local Government, Projects and other sources

Number of staff:

2 fulltime staff up to 35 volunteers on Sylt; overall the westcoast 30 fulltime staff up to 80 volunteers

Number of visitors per year

Figures for the island auf Sylt only: 15.000 in our main exhibition and up to 80.000 participants in our guided tours (not 2020)

Work Areas

What types of work are you doing around communication, education, participation and awareness-raising?

Local guides walks, exhibitions, presentations and workshops. Some press and media work.

What activities/projects have worked well and why?

Mud flat tours, boats tours to seals and exhibition and visitor centre.

Top three challenges

Not only talking about great nature, but also about global and local problems. Difficulties to get climate change (crises) in other people's heads.


Interpretation techniques

Creating signage; site information; Producing written materials; Developing nature trails

Visitor centres

Managing / creating habitat; Running a visitor centre; Building / maintaining structures


Engaging young people; Working with volunteers

Education and communication

Delivering adult education; Working with primary schools; Working with secondary schools; Developing resources / materials


PR and marketing; Running effective administration; Health and safety; Fund-raising; Project planning.


Website and

Dennis Schaper, Rantumer Straße 33
25997 Hörnum / Sylt
Tel: +49 4651 8862 227 or + 49 151 5810 2141 (mobile)

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