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Forest educational institutions are a perfect means for developing environmental consciousness of future generations. The project supports educational institutions in participating in such programs which familiarize children with protected areas such as Natura 2000. Thanks to the project, at least 12’600 children shall have the possibility to participate in such a program.

Pays/région Thème Période Budget
Protéger l’environnement
01.04.2012 - 31.12.2016
CHF 1'345'238

Note: the texts under all the headings, with the exception of 'Results achieved', describe the situation before the start of the project.


Forest kindergartens and schools have a long history in Hungary and were very popular in the nineties when governmental support was provided for educational institutions for financing their participation in forest schools / kindergartens programs. Due to financial reasons, this support has decreased lately – despite a huge demand. A recent governmental call (ending in December 2009) financed the infrastructural background of certified forest schools and kindergartens. However, participation in forest schools/kindergarten programs was not supported and is nowadays mostly to be covered by parents and thus restricted to wealthier families.




The goal is to strengthen the environmental consciousness of children and pupils. For this purpose, environmental education with close-to-nature experiences is strengthened resulting in an increased awareness of Natura 2000 areas.

Groupes cibles
  • Forest schools and kindergartens
    Educational institutions (kindergarten, schools)
  • Children, pupils
  • Parents, relatives

Forest schools and kindergartens receive professional assistance (e.g. workshops, consultancy services) to improve their educational programs. Public educational institutions and their pupils especially from disadvantaged areas are financially supported to participate in such nature conservation related programs. These activities are complemented by a nationwide awareness raising campaign on Natura 2000.


Résultats obtenus:  

  • 5600 children participated in forest school/forest kindergarten trainings
  • Educational materials regarding nature protection developed for kindergarten/primary/secondary school children pupils

Direction/office fédéral responsable DDC
Crédit Contribution suisse à l'UE élargie
Partenaire de projet Partenaire contractuel
Institution étatique étrangère
  • National State Institute North

Budget Phase en cours Budget de la Suisse CHF   1'345'238 Budget suisse déjà attribué CHF   1'142'587
Phases du projet

Phase 1 01.04.2012 - 31.12.2016   (Active)