Municipality of Kristianstad
Funding support: Municipality of Kristianstad and naturvårdsverket, Swedish EPA
Number of staff: 6
Number of visitors per year: 100 000 or more
Main CEPA work areas
The naturum visitor center offers more than 400 activities throughout the year. The programme interweaves nature activities with literature, film, poetry, history and music.
At the same time, the visitor centre is also a meeting place for associations, companies, institutions and others involved in the work relating to the biosphere reserve.
A number of activities are aimed at children, young people and young adults. Visits from school classes are an important aspect of the visitor centre’s activities. A full-time nature educator meets the needs of schools and the desire for educational nature activities, and teaches approximately 100 classes per year.
A biosphere camp for schoolchildren aged 10-14 is arranged each year during the pupils’ summer holidays. The camp is run by young people aged 16-17 working during the holidays. The camp provides an opportunity for children to learn more about man and nature and about the biosphere reserve, and also offers a chance for young people to take part in the biosphere activity by working as a camp leader.
The Biosphere Office has together with naturum visitor centre been training biosphere ambassadors as part of the work to engage the local population since 2013. Participants get to learn about Kristianstads Vattenrike Biosphere Reserve and the projects that the Biosphere Office carries out.
The task of the ambassadors is to generate interest in and disseminate knowledge concerning the biosphere reserve amongst family, friends, colleagues, customers and associations. In this way, they contribute to the support function. They are also given the chance to become involved in various biospheric conservation projects.
A total of 200 ambassadors have so far been trained.
Top three successes
We use illusions and humour in the exhibition, for instance in the “helicopter” where people get the illusion they are hovering over the countryside and move under water to discover the values of the area.
The way of interweaving nature activities with literature, film, poetry, history and music. One example is the yearly event on the nationalday when the symphony orchestra gives the Water Music by Handel. It attracts more than 400 visitors every year.
To investigate and calculate the yearly outcome by visiting tourists to the visitor centre. The outcome is about 3 times higher than our costs.
Top three challenges
Of course. By visiting us, by finding information on our webpage and by following us on Facebook.
Creating signage; site information; Producing written materials; Using audio-visual tools; Developing nature trails
Setting up a new visitor centre; Managing / creating habitat; Running a visitor centre; Building / maintaining structures
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; Working with secondary schools
Auditing / assessing effectiveness; PR and marketing; Running effective administration; Health and safety; Project planning.
Tel: +46 44 132330
Naturum Vattenriket on Google maps include streetview through exhibition and lots of photos:
Films on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Vattenriket
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