Nature Guide training started in Lithuania
We are glad to announce that Nature Guide Training has begun in Curonian Spit National Park on 21-22nd September in Lithuania.
More than 100 people wanted to attend the course which shows clear interest in such training and job profile. In the training group we have professional guides, protected areas workers, life sciences students and nature knowledgeable people from the region, meaning all of them have different knowledge, experiences and interests in nature guiding but all have great interest in nature and motivation in becoming qualified nature guide or establishing nature tourism business.
The training program has started with presentation of the project, Nature Guide profile and training program. The participants got to know the organizing team and signed obligations to participate in the course. The first lecture was given by professional ornithologist Marius Karlonas from Birding Lithuania, where the participants got to know about principles in nature guiding, organizing ornithological tours and learning essentials of birds’ life and common species.
A big part of the course was outdoors, observing bird migration in the Curonian Spit and meeting even rare species in our region, such as Sandwich Tern (Thalasseus sandvicensis). For many course participants, this was the first deeper encounter with ornithology and now they have their eyes and ears set on birds for the coming half year, learning bird songs and appearances for the examination.
Nature Guide Bildungscamp – Weiterbildung für zertifizierte Natur-/ Landschaftsführer*innen (ZNL) & Interessierte
Das „Nature Guide Bildungscamp“ richtet sich an ausgebildete ZNL oder Interessierte aus Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, die motiviert sind, sich im Bereich Business, Marketing & Recht und Outdoor Aktivitäten weiterzubilden und damit perspektivisch erste Angebote als Nature Guide/ZNL zu starten bzw. bestehende Angebote zu optimieren.
Das Nature Guide Bildungscamp soll vorhandenes Grundwissen erweitern, Kommunikationstechniken vermitteln und austesten, in professionellen Umgang mit Outdoor-Aktivitäten einführen sowie Praxiswissen zur Unternehmensgründung, Produktentwicklung und zum Marketing vermitteln und entsprechende Fragen beantworten. Außerdem soll die Möglichkeit zum Austausch sowohl mit Fachkräften aus Naturschutz, Gästeführung und Naturtourismus als auch untereinander (ZNL zu ZNL) geboten werden, um ein aktives Nature Guide Network in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern aufzubauen.
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Networking Day at Nature Park Flusslandschaft Peenetal (GER)
On 5 September a network meeting with a variety of regional initiatives, representatives of regional authorities and tourism stakeholders took place in the center of the nature park Flusslandschaft Peenetal (river landscape Peenetal) in Stolpe (Germany).
The aim of the networking day was, above all, to talk about the current plans, projects and developments of the individual participants and to establish new partnerships for the implementation of respective measures regarding to regional development. Some stakeholders mentioned in this context, for example, their activities to expand the net of cycle tracks, a corresponding signage concepts and additional information panels as a better service for guest in the region.
Furthermore, the head of nature park center talked about the rising number of visitors in the nature park region in the last years and the positive influence of a big swamp protection project on the attractiveness of the region. Nature conservation measures and sustainable tourism offers as an important component for sustainable regional development played a special role in this network day.
The associations Environmental Action Germany (DUH e.V.) and HOP e.V. also presented the Nature Guide Network project and promoted the Nature Guide Education Week, which will take place in November in Trittelwitz, near Demmin (Germany). The corresponding information and leaflet to that education week will be presented soon here at the webpage.
Gamtos gidų kursai
Kviečiame į Gamtos gidų mokymo kursus vakarų Lietuvos saugomose teritorijose, kurių metu įgysite gidavimo gamtoje įgūdžių ir gamtos interpretavimo pagrindų, susipažinsite su gamtinių buveinių pažinimo principais, saugomų teritorijų vertybėmis, sutiksite entuziastingų gamtininkų, mokslininkų ir praktikų, kurių žinios padės tapti kvalifikuotais gamtos gidais!
Kursų pradžia 2019 m. rugsėjo 21 d., pabaiga 2020 m. gegužės 10 d. Susitikimai vyks Kuršių nerijos nacionaliniame parke, Nemuno deltos regioniniame parke, Pajūrio regioniniame parke ir Klaipėdos Universitete.
Sužinokite daugiau ir registruokitės iki 2019 m. rugsėjo 1 d. Gamtos gidų kursai
Start of Nature Guide training course in Lithuania
As part of the Nature Guide Network Lithuania is the first partner country to offer pilot training. The courses in Poland and Germany will follow soon.
the article above containts information and application of the Lithuanian training in national language. Below in this post you can find the most important information in English:
Finally, after long preparation time, in-depth thinking and many discussions, Lithuanian team is starting registration to the pilot Nature Guide Training Course. The course will start on 21st September and last until 10th May 2020. This long-term training will take place every second weekend with one-month winter holiday break. The meetings will be held in Curonian Spit National Park, Coastal Regional Park, Nemuno Delta Regional Park and Klaipeda University.
The course consists of three main learning modules about nature, management, communication and interpretation specifics. The lecturers will be specialists in life-sciences and wild-life, active tourism and nature business, research and NGO, all of them sharing the best practice they have in interactive and intriguing way.
For various reasons, the training course is dedicated to Lithuanians and a cozy group of 20 people will be formed. At the end of the course, all participants will have to prepare a guided nature tour, and successful ones will be awarded a certificate meeting recommendations of „European Norm EN 15565:2008: Standard for the Training and Qualification of Tourist Guides in Europe“.
How to win new network partners!
The association HOP e.V. – official project partner of the Nature Guide Network project in Germany – is developing a letter of intent, trying to win new network partners in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
The German federal state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern was the official partner of the International Tourism Fair (ITB) Berlin in 2018 – the Nature Guide Network project was presented here – and one year ago, the Peeneregion in the district of Vorpommern won the special prize in the Germany-wide competition “Sustainable Tourism Destinations” in the category “Nature Experience & Biodiversity “. Currently, the tourism strategy of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is being revised, whereby sustainable tourism offers are being taken more into focus.
The time is right for “more nature tourism” in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern – not least, because for years various especially regional players from tourism / retail sector, nature conservation and regional development work to promote nature tourism along the Western Pomeranian coast. The Nature Guide Network project already benefits from existing contacts of all project partners with e.g. nature conservation authorities and tourism stakeholders in all partner countries. Nevertheless, the idea of an independent education as a Nature Guide has to be further disseminated and discussed.
In addition to various official network meetings of all three partner nations (see also Facebook posts), individual interviews with representatives from retail, tourism and education are now being sought. They will be informed about the project and will have the possibility to sign a non-binding letter of intent. This includes various variants of the support of the Nature Guide Network project, first and foremost the future education as Nature Guide and a possible employment of a trained Nature Guide in their own company. The HOP e.V. has already held its first talks in the district of Vorpommern – the idea of Nature Guides as important players in sustainable tourism is therefore continuing to grow.
The other partners in the Nature Guide Network project welcomed this initiative and are now considering adapting the letter of intent to their respective national needs in order to approach potential regional as well as transregional network partners.
Enclosed the German version of the letter of intent as a pdf.