Endla Nature Centre

Region

Europe

Country

Estonia

Flyway

East Atlantic flyway

Initiative

WLI Europe

Endla Nature Centre

About

Name of organisation

Environmental Board of Estonia (Keskkonnaamet)

Number of staff

1 environmental education specialist in nature center, but more than 400 people working in Environmental Board, included 20 people in nature education and communication bureau.

Number of visitors per year

1500

Overall aims of the centre

To raise awareness about values of wetlands like Endla Nature Reserve.

Description of the centre

Endla Nature Center is located in central part of Estonia, in Jõgeva county village named Tooma. Close by is Endla Nature Reserve, a wetland complex with bogs, lakes, rivers, springs and forest.

Tooma village is the birthplace of Estonian mire research, when in 1910 an experimental agricultural mire station was founded here.

The former schoolhouse, where in 1928-1944 management and cultivation of peatlands was taught, is now a nature center. In the nature center an exhibition of Endla Nature Reserve landscapes, species and Estonian mires is opened. There are also seminar and accommodation rooms that are used for nature education. Since the 1980s many Estonian mires where taken under protection, so the attention from use and drainage of peatlands has changed to protection and value of such habitats. Our task is to increase awareness of the values of wetlands for biodiversity and people. A core activity is nature education programs for schoolchildren. For hikers there are different marked hiking trails and some accommodation possibilities close to Tooma. A bog called Männikjärve  is well known as it is close to roads, with boardwalk and very picturesque. Endla has many possibilities also for bird watchers.   

Hikers in Männikjärve bog, Endla Nature Reserve. Photo: Elo Raspel

Hikers in Männikjärve bog, Endla Nature Reserve. Photo: Elo Raspel

Work Areas

Main CEPA work area

Nature education programs and toolboxes for schoolchildren; hikes for grown-ups; and campaigns about wider wetlands themes in world wetlands day.

Top three successes

Long and successful experience in nature education programs for schoolchildren. Different hiking trails close to nature center are in good condition (thanks to RMK, the Forrest Management Center). The nature center’s displays and information about mires in Estonia is up to date.

Top three challenges

In Estonia there are many different and valuable wetlands, but there is no specific wetland visitor center.

The Endla Nature Center is not open everyday, so to visit it and to ask a guide to come with, appointment should be made before.

Nice and interesting hiking trails are marked, but the information is mostly in Estonian.

Expertise

Display about Endla Nature Reserve and Estonian mires. Photo: Elo Raspel

Display about Endla Nature Reserve and Estonian mires. Photo: Elo Raspel

Interpretation techniques

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

Visitor centres

Running a visitor centre

Participation

Working with disabled people; Engaging young people; Engaging the local community

Education and communication

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

Contact

Name: Elo Raspel

Address: Tooma küla, Jõgeva vald, Jõgevamaa, 48432, Estonia

Telephone: +372 5341 9205

E-mail: elo.raspel@keskkonnaamet.ee

Website address: https://kaitsealad.ee/en/protected-areas/endla-nature-reserve

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