Management and funding
The Park is a non-government organisation aiming to protect and restore natural communities for people and wildlife.
It conducts annual (since 1994) international summer camps and seminars — over 2000 students, teachers, educators, nature reserve staff have attended.
It initiates seminars and camps in Primorski and Khabarovski Regions of far-eastern Russia, Heilongjiang and Inner Mongolia Provinces of China.
It conducts an onsite visitor programme, gives presentations in schools, community centres and orphanages in the Amur Region, organises annual children art contests, crane festivals, county fairs; publishes curricula, children’s books and brochures; develops pen pal exchange and training for children and teachers in the Amur Region.
The centre is funded by a combination of grants, support from regional government, visitor income, event participant fee, and Friends of MP donations. Around 1000 people visit each year.
The Centre building was funded by the POP Group Co Ltd, Japan, and opened to the public in 1998 (the environmental education programme began in 1994).
Very simple facilities with classroom equipped with water and soil test kits, nets, microscopes, spotting scopes, binoculars, ground water model etc.; library with education materials; meeting room with display boxes; basement for presentations that also serves as storage room for equipment and education materials; stationary camp with six summer cabins with bunk beds for 72 people, kitchen and dining shelter.
The centre has two floors (c. 150 sq m) and a basement. Contents include collections of insects and plants of the Park; photo exhibits (Cranes of Izumi — Our Cranes, Aldo Leopold’s Land Ethic, Alexandr Formozov — zoologist, artist and man)); art exhibits (Swan Geese, Crane — Bird of Peace); displays about wetlands.
Main habitats are lowland of the Amur River floodplain with wetlands, strips of forest and croplands, and river terrace with arable lands and forest strips.
Key species are cranes, storks and waterfowl.
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Interpretation and exhibitry
Classes are based on Aldo Leopold Land Ethic and balance of people and wildlife interests. Interpretation is aimed at students, teachers, educators, tour guides and the general public.
Media used are oil paintings, water colours, wood carving, ceramics, photos, posters, application et al.
To date it is not evaluated.
Formal (school and university) learning
There are school and university programmes in the form of workshops, seminars and camps. These are advertised through Regional and District Departments of Education, websites of MP, Union for Bird Conservation of Russia, International Socio-ecological Union, Crane Working Group of Eurasia, mass media and mailing.
Programmes are tailored to relevant curricula/syllabi. There is no provision for special needs but there is a teacher training / development programme.
Informal (general public) learning
Depending on visitor age and interests, and seasonality, the following are offered: four tours on the nature trail, presentation bout cranes, wetlands, history of the Park, art exhibit, presentations in demonstration pen with live birds on Red-crowned Crane and Swan Goose, environmental activities (food chains, migrations etc.), bird observation.
The centre organises a Crane Festival that, in addition to activities mentioned above, include pottery classes, auctions, award ceremonies for winners of art and environmental contests etc.; district art and agricultural fairs; Russian folk song and dance festivals, opening ceremonies for summer camps and seminars.
Staff and volunteers deliver the above.
There is a Friends of MP (FOMP), established in 1998, and the Amur branch FOMP established in 2004 provides financial and logistic support, and participates in MP activitiy, especially in community education.
There are 3-4 annual professional seminars/workshops.
In 2007 the centre plans: seminars for ecology and English language teachers (June/July); seminars on environmental education for Russian and possibly Chinese and Korean teachers; in August, training for handicraft artists, art students and teachers; in August a workshop on wildlife tourism for specialists from National Parks, colleges, association of indigenous people and staff of tour companies.
In September, an International Workshop on strategic planning for the protection and restoration of the mainland population of Red-crowned Crane for experts and government officials.
Two staff at centre- the Deputy Director is in charge. CEPA activities are planned by a cooperation of the MP Board of Directors, the MP staff and FOMP.
CEPA activities are managed and implemented by one fulltime and one fulltime staff member, up to 15 seasonal local educators and up to 18 American volunteers.
Dr Sergei Smirenski , Director of MP
Tsvetlana Yakovenko, Deputy Director of MP
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