Nature Education Centre of Nanjing University Ecological Research Institute of Changshu






East Asian - Australasian flyway


WLI Asia


Name of organisation

Nanjing University Ecological Research Institute of Changshu

Funding support

Company earnings, social donations

Number of staff


Number of visitors per year


Overall aims of the centre

Overall aims of the centre
To crerate the distinctive course system on ecological science education and raise public awareness of wetland conservation.

Description of the centre

Our centre is located in the Nanhu Wetland Park of Changshu, Jiangsu Province, China, with typical river wetlands, lake wetlands, marshes and other abundant ecological resources. The indoor science education base includes 4,000 square meters of laboratories, classrooms and exhibition halls in the wetland museum and outdoor base covers an area of two million square meters. Since 2015, we have held more than 150 nature education activities in different wetland parks throughout the country.

Work Areas

Main CEPA work area

Through the platform of Nanjing University, our centre hires professors and experts as consultants to popularise scientific and technological knowledge through lectures, exhibitions, training, demonstrations, consultations and services, etc. Regular activities based on the annual work plan for ecological science education, with the help of various departments of the Institute to carry out specific work. We have completed over ten nature education handbooks for national wetland parks and systematic courses for over thirty national wetland parks and nature reserves. In addition, we facilitated international communication on nature science, by holding related parallel sessions at the international conference, organising international trainings on wetland management with WWTC and more.

Top three successes

International trainings, educational tourism, science publicity.

Top three challenges

Wetland museum to be improved, public participation to be raised, fund channel to be expanded.


Interpretation techniques

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

Visitor centres

Setting up a new visitor centre; Managing / creating habitat; Building / maintaining structures


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


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


Website address:

Josie/Yaqin Yao, Nanhu Wetland Park Office Building, Shanghu Town, Changshu, China,,



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