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Education Programme

 

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>> The Krapje – Architectural Heritage Village
>> The Posavina Horse
>> The Lonjsko Polje Amphibians
>> The Spoonbill – Bird with a Spoon
>> The Corncrake – Tireless Songster of the Meadows
>> The Lowland Riparian Forests in Lonjsko Polje
>> The Sava River
>> Special Programmes


The White Stork in Čigoč Education Programme

Description of the Programme:

Arrival at the Info Centre, Čigoč no. 26; a short lecture about storks; stork-spotting with binoculars; walk around the village and counting the nests; looking round the yards led by an educational expert; Back to the playroom of the Educational Centre; filling in worksheets; looking round traditional carpenter’s shop and souvenir stand.
On account of the ages of the visitors, there are special worksheets for younger and for older schoolchildren, and also for adults. For pre-school children, there is a specially adapted programme.
Usually this programme is expanded with a visit to one of the ethnographic collections, and a trip to the floodwater retention zone of Lonjsko Polje (around Čigoč or Mužilovčica. In the plain, the Expert Guide will acquaint the visitors with some of the richness of the flora and fauna of the Nature Park, and facilitate observation and photographing of the pastures with their herds of horses, cattle and pigs.
This programme is available from April 1 to August 10, during the time the storks stay in Lonjsko Polje, but if the visitors so wish, it can be arranged even after the storks have departed for warmer climes.

Length of the programme: 2 – 2.5 hours

>> Specimen of the "The White Stork in Čigoč" educational worksheet ( pdf)

 


The Krapje – Architectural Heritage Village Education Programme

Description of the Programme:

Arrival at the Info Centre, Krapje no. 1; a short lecture about the village in which the traditional architecture created in the 18th and 19th centuries is exceptionally well preserved; the houses are made of famed Posavina oak. Walk round the village, photographing, looking round houses and yards, filling in worksheets; assembling models of the Posavina house in the playroom and tour of the gallery premises and the souvenir stand.
At the wish of the visitors, it is possible to arrange a visit to St Anthony’s Church in Krapje.
Usually this educational programme is expanded by a visit to one of the ethnological collections and a trip to the flood retention area of Lonjsko Polje at the village of Mužilovčica.
A visit to the Bird Sanctuary at Krapje đol can also be arranged.
This programme is available throughout almost the whole of the year, and is intended for all age groups.

Length of the programme: 2 – 2.5 hours

>> Example of an educational worksheet "Krapje – Architectural Heritage Village"
( pdf)

 


The Posavina Horse Education Programme

Description of the Programme:

Arrival at the Info Centre of the Park at Čigoč no. 26 or Krapje no. 1, and then, in the company of the guide/educator, departure for the Lonjsko Polje retention area by Mužilovčica, where the numerous herds of Posavina horse are at pasture.
The Posavina horse, sometimes called the Croatian Posavac, is a specifically Croatian landrace horse. Because of its physiological characteristics, the horse can be left to nature almost the whole year long, and it spends day and night outside from early April to the end of October. It is resistant to the wetland habitats, to thirst and cold, drought and mud, snow and flood, as well as the onslaughts of mosquitoes, flies and gad flies. The harsh habitat conditions have made the Posavina horse undemanding, resistant and robust, and at the same time helped to produce a character that is docile, affectionate and sociable.
Those who take part in this education programme come into direct contact with this noble breed of horse, and fill in worksheets.

Length of the programme: 2 – 2.5 hours

Example of an educational worksheet "The Posavina Horse" ( pdf)



The Lonjsko Polje Amphibians Education Programme

Description of the Programme:

Arrival at the Info Centre of the Park at Čigoč no. 26 or Krapje no. 1, and then, in the company of the guide/educator, departure for the wetland habitats of Lonjsko Polje.
Twenty amphibian species live in Croatia, and 16 of them can be found in Lonjsko Polje Nature Park. Amphibians must have water for their life cycle, and so the Nature Park is a real paradise for them. The abundance of pools, smaller and larger marshes, old river backwaters of the Sava and the many canals underpin the existence and survival of many amphibian species. The most interesting and most vocal species of amphibians are the frogs. In spring, after they have spent the winter safely buried in the mud or under some tree or other, the frogs set out for the water and mating.
Those who take part in this programme get to know the life cycle, the food, the sounds made by and the threats to this species. A particular satisfaction is taken in observing the amphibians and solving several practical assignments. At the end come filling in worksheets and competitions in composing the “frog rap” song.

Length of the programme: 3 hours

Remarks: boots are a must.

Example of an educational worksheet " The Lonjsko Polje Amphibians" ( pdf)

 


The Spoonbill – Bird with a Spoon Education Programme

Description of the Programme:

Arrival at the Info Centre in Krapje no. 1, a short lecture about spoonbills, and then departure for the Krapje Đol Ornithological Reserve in the company of the guide / educator.
Spoonbills are among the most uncommon inhabitants of Lonjsko Polje Nature Park. Duckbills are migrants, and come back to Lonjsko Polje in February, when they start preparing to nest. Krapje Đol is our oldest ornithological reserve and the biggest nesting place for spoonbills in Croatia.
Depending on the age of the visitors, the participants in this education programme fill in their worksheets, keep a bird-spotting diary, and take part in the Đolingo prize game. More serious bird watchers can learn how to make use of binoculars and telescopes.
This education programme is most often paired with getting to know Krapje, village of the architectural heritage.

Length of the programme: 2 – 2.5 hours

Example of an educational worksheet "The Spoonbill – Bird with a Spoon" ( pdf)

 

The Corncrake – Tireless Songster of the Meadows Education Programme

Description of the Programme:

The basic theme of this education programme is the threatened and statutorily protected bird the corncrake – Crex crex. The programme is meant for senior years in elementary schools, ecology groups and secondary schools. An introductory part is presented in the Info Centre of the Nature Park, where basic information about Lonjsko Polje Nature Park can be acquired, and there is a short lecture about the grassland habitats, the corncrake’s biology, the reasons for the threat and the ways in which this kind of bird can be protected. Then in the company of the guide/educator comes teaching in the field (nature workshop), carried out on the grasslands of Lonjsko Polje close to the village of Repušnica, where the natural habitats of the corncrake are located. Here, while the worksheets are being filled, various themes are studied (how to recognise the most common plant and animal species in Lonjsko Polje, invasive plant species, traditional livestock farming, how to cut the grass without harming the corncrake, and so on).

Requisites: binoculars, worksheets, pencils, rulers for measuring the height of trees, measuring stick to determine plant height.

Recommended size of groups: up to 30 children

The period in which this education programme is held: since the corncrake is a migratory bird, the programme can be conducted from mid-April to mid-September.

Length of the programme: 3 – 3.5 hours

Example of an educational worksheet "The Corncrake – Tireless Songster of the Meadows" ( pdf).

 


The Lowland Riparian Forests in Lonjsko Polje Education Programme

Description of the Programme:

The main theme in this programme is familiarisation with the phenomenon of the riparian forests in Lonjsko Polje Nature Park, focusing above all on the basic types of tree: the pedunculate oak, the narrow-leaved ash, European hornbeam, poplar and willow. The programme is aimed at older children in elementary schools, ecology groups and secondary schools. First of all there is an introductory part in the Info Centre of the Nature Park, where the basic information about Lonjsko Polje Nature Park can be acquired. Then in the company of the guide /educator comes field teaching (nature workshop) conducted in the experimental and educational forest complex of Opeka by Lipovljani owned by the Forestry Faculty of Zagreb. Here several different themes related to the management, cultivation and protection of the lowland riparian forests are discussed. While touring the forests, with the help of the guide / educator, the children create a little herbarium and also make a document called “Adopt-a-Tree”.

Requisites: binoculars, worksheets, pencils, rulers for measuring the height of the trees, sticky tape

Recommended group size: up to 30 children

Period in which the education programme is conducted: March – September

Length of the programme: 3 – 3.5 hours



The Sava River Education Programme

Description of the Programme:

Arrival at the Reception Centre, Krapje no. 16, a short presentation of Lonjsko Polje Nature Park and familiarisation with the village of the architectural heritage. After that, accompanied by the education specialist, embarkation on the educational/ tourist self-propelled raft the Vodomar. Enjoying the attractive riverine landscape of the natural course of the Sava River, the visitors can get to know the basic features of our biggest river: the dynamics of the water level, the geomorphologic and tectonic processes, the natural vegetation and the fauna (birds, fish and others), the use of the Sava River and its historical importance. In addition, the experienced commander of the river boat will reveal to you many of the interesting features about the Sava you have never heard of before. At the end, the worksheets specially made for this education programme are filled in.
The Sava River education programme is meant for children of the final years of elementary school, secondary school children and students as well as adults.
This programme is put on between March 1 and October 30 and, according to the wishes of the visitors, can be combined with other education programmes.

Length of the programme: 2 – 2.5 hours

Primjer edukativnog listića "Rijeka Sava" ( pdf)

 


Special Programmes

For all specialist natural science groups of visitors (secondary schools, universities, ecologists and other associations and clubs) it is possible on request to organise special educational programmes such as:
»Indigenous Breeds in Lonjsko Polje Nature Park« (the Posavina horse, the Turopolje hog, the Posavina retriever)

 

 

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