Yatsuhigata Nature Observation Center






East Asian - Australasian flyway


WLI Asia


Name of organisation

Narashino City Yatsuhigata Nature Observation Center

Funding support

5-1-1 Akitsu, Narashino City, Chiba.

Number of staff

6+10 (restaurant, reception staff)

Number of visitors per year


Overall aims of the centre

Environmental education
Volunteer coordination
Community collaboration event
Wetland exchange (with Brisbane, Australia)
Survey (bird, bentos, fish)

Description of the centre

Location: Narashino City, Chiba, Japan.
Size of site: 40 ha.
Tidal flat / shorebird habitats.
Featured programs:
Yatsuhigata Junior Ranger Program (human resource development program for youth).

Work Areas

Main CEPA work area

  • community collaboration event (Ramsar designation commemorative event involving stakeholders including corporates and citizen groups)
  • Coordinate volunteer activities (about 20 volunteer groups providing various activities)
  • Education programs for school kids
  • Junior ranger program for age 10-16
  • Yatsuhigata Youth (human resource development program for high school and university students)
  • Wetland exchange with Brisbane, Australia.

Top three successes

  • Yatsuhigata Junior Ranger program: 750 students participated from 2011 'til now. The program has several steps to complete.
  • Community collaboration event 'Yatsuhigata Day': Annual event to celebrate Ramsar designation and seek for the wise use of Yatsuhigata, in cooperation with local community, corporates, and citizen volunteers which welcomes 10,000 participants.

Top three challenges



Interpretation techniques

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

Visitor centres

Managing / creating habitat; Running a visitor centre


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; Lobbying / running campaigns; Working with secondary schools; Developing resources / materials


PR and marketing; Health and safety; Project planning.


Fumiko Oyama

Website address: 


email: f-oyama@seibu-la.co.jp

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