Upo Ecology Education Institute




Republic of Korea


East Asian - Australasian flyway


WLI Asia

A Star Wetland Centre!

Recognised in 2022 as a Star Wetland Visitor Centre. Find out more.

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Name of organisation

Upo Ecology Education Institute

Funding support

Full support from Gyeongnam Province Education Office

Number of staff


Number of visitors per year


Overall aims of the centre

  • Providing Wetland CEPA program targeting all 3rd grade students of elementary school in Gyeongnam Province, Republic of Korea,
  • Invigorating environment education in formal school curriculum,
  • Facilitating training for school teachers,
  • Organizing environment education exchange program, and
  • Ultimately, contributing to capacity building of environment education of Gyeongnam Province

Description of the centre

Location: Daedae-gil 8, Yueo-myeon, Changnyeong County, Gyeongnam Province, Republic of Korea

Size of site: 8.54 square km

Types of habitats and species supported:
342 species including Prickly Water Lily (Euryale ferox )

Featured programs: 9 programs including 'Exciting Experience in Upo Wetland'

Work Areas

Main CEPA work area

Environment Experience Program for 3rd grade of elementary school

Top three successes

  1. Exciting Experience in Upo Wetland: facilitated this program more than 10 years with a support from Gyeongnam Province Office since the office recommend this program as part of formal environment education curriculum
  2. Upo Wetland Family Camp: Targeting family group having 1st grade of elementary school student, it is a 2days 1night camping program that provides opportunity to experience beautiful scenery of Upo Wetland
  3. Swallow Monitoring Project: 80 school clubs in Gyeongnam Province from elementary to high school, monitor the habitat of Swallow and collect monitoring data every year



Interpretation techniques


Visitor centres

Running a visitor centre


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; Developing resources / materials


Running effective administration


Kwan Snag Cheol
Senior Officer for Education


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