Nature Guide Education Camp (DE) successfully completed
Five days, 15 participants, 17 experts – a lot of specialist knowledge, intensive discussions, lively practice units, exchange of experience on different levels and plenty of networks. The Nature Guide Education Camp in Trittelwitz (DE) was a great success.
After intensive days, a few tears roll down at the farewell moment: “The group atmosphere and the ambience at Landhof Trittelwitz were fantastic!” a participant reports at the end of the week, “These were compact and sometimes exhausting days with a large number new and interesting information.” Others participants praise the opportunities for exchange to concrete questions and the practical units for own trial and error experiences.
“We wanted to let have the participants a wide range of opportunities: on the one hand to gain knowledge about business start-ups and marketing and on the other hand to test natural pedagogical methods and thus to put themselves in the position of future guests”, Judith Kühn from Deutsche Umwelthilfe explained as the co-organizer of the education camp.
In addition to a variety of different specialist contributions by lecturers, e.g. from the protected area management, tourism associations and providers as well as from the field of landscape communication and sustainable tourism planning also active tour guide gave important tips for the budding nature guides and enriched the group with their experiences.
After the training camp, the German participants – as well those of the pilot trainings in Poland and Lithuania (Nature Guide Training) – may receive a certificate as part of the Nature Guide Network project, if they fulfil certain tasks. For the education camp in Germany the preparation of a business plan is expected, which kindly will be examined by the network partners IHK Neubrandenburg (chamber of commerce) and WITENO GmbH (start-up supporting enterprise).
Further international network meetings are scheduled for 2020, which will link both active and future Nature Guides of the project regions with relevant actors from nature / environmental protection and tourism in order to promote a lively Nature Guide Network.