Ecomare

Region

Europe

Country

Netherlands

Flyway

East Atlantic flyway

Initiative

WLI Europe

About

Texel Museum Foundation

Funding support: €4,000,000 per year; 76% visitors, 17% special projects, 7% government

Number of staff: 80

Number of visitors per year: 300,000

Overall aims of the centre

Public support for the nature of the area of the Wadden Sea area and the North Sea

Description of the centre

Wadden Island of Texel; 300,000 visitors per year; museum for natural history, education and information centre, visitors centre for the national park Dunes of Texel, seal and bird rehabilitation centre

Work Areas

Main CEPA work areas

Top three successes

The use of animals in the stories we tell: more animals in the story and more story around the animals

Top three challenges

Finding business sponsors

Expertise

Interpretation techniques

Creating signage; site information; Producing written materials; Using audio-visual tools; Developing nature trails

Visitor centres

Setting up a new visitor centre; Running a visitor centre; Building / maintaining structures

Participation

Working with disabled people; Engaging hard-to-reach groups; Engaging young people; Engaging the local community; Working with volunteers

Education and communication

Early years education; Delivering adult education; Working with primary schools; Lobbying / running campaigns; Working with secondary schools; Developing resources / materials

General

Auditing / assessing effectiveness; PR and marketing; Running effective administration; Health and safety; Fund-raising; Project planning.