Baltic Fund for Nature
Funding support: grants
Number of staff: total staff: 25 persons, 2 persons are working with educational programme
Number of visitors per year: 500
Overall aims of the centre
Our work aimed to increase the level of understanding of wildlife by involving youth in regular observations in nature and project volunteer activities concerning nature conservation and biodiversity protection in the Baltic Sea region
Description of the centre
Basic area of our work is Karelian Isthmus. More than 200 participants of the programme visit nature protected sites (bogs, glacial landscapes, coastline of the Gulf of Finland and old rural landscapes. Often they are working as nature detectives, making surveys and records using our questionnaires and guides. Relatively 150 students take part in the nature camps every year. We invite more than 60 teachers to the seminars, where they can grow up their professional skills and knowledge.
Main CEPA work areas
Conferences and events for teachers and schoolstudents; seminars for teachers; educational journeys, networking with educational institutions; autumn camps; school-student projects, development of information materials
Top three successes
A series of a leaflets about wetlands of international importance (Ramsar sites) situated near St. Petersburg
Educational journeys for teachers to nature protected areas – one of the most impressive and effective ways of visiting nature near a big city
Annual spring visit of fields near Olonets – a stop-over site for migrating birds for students.
Top three challenges
P-Stop project series. It was an interesting project, but not suitable for big city like St. Petersburg because of good quality of sewage treatment plants. But it is working in a small towns and villages, we are trying to apply it there.
Also we have many problems engaging local community in a countryside surrounding St. Petersburg
Producing written materials; Developing nature trails
Running a visitor centre
Engaging young people; Working with volunteers
Education and communication
Delivering adult education; Working with primary schools; Lobbying / running campaigns; Working with secondary schools; Developing resources / materials
PR and marketing; Health and safety; Fund-raising; Project planning.
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