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The Programmes of the Institution

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Junior rangers in Lonjsko Polje Nature Park

1 Programme title Junior rangers in Lonjsko Polje Nature Park
2 Implemented by Lonjsko Polje Nature Park Public Institution
3 Associates in the implementation Elementary schools from the area of Lonjsko Polje Nature Park, the Croatian Photographic Union, livestock and farming associations, angling associations
4 Purpose and objectives of the programme
  1. to encourage young people in the Park to acquire knowledge and skills about ecology, nature protection, monitoring, communication and interpretation
  2. encourage public interest in and raise the level of awareness concerning the natural and cultural values of Lonjsko Polje Nature Park
  3. motivate young people to want to live in a rural area
5 Area and timescale for the implementation of the programme

Programme is implemented within the area of the Lonjsko Polje Nature Park and a training course lasts for 7 days

6 Financial outline of the course

The cost per day per course member is 48 euros.

7 Implementation of the programme (accommodation, training, methodology) First of all there is a competition for entry into the course carried out in the schools in the area of the Park. This competition is for children from grades 5 to 7, and after the application forms are filled in, parents sign their consent for their children to attend the course. It is organised during the summer holidays, and attended by 10 to 15 children. The camp for the course members is located in Krapje – village of the architectural heritage, in traditional wooden houses and in a tent. The curriculum is administered in theoretical classes according to themes and the set educational programmes and in field work in the area of Lonjsko Polje Nature Park. The tools used in the course are field forms, worksheets, evaluation sheets, binoculars; the course is implemented by staff members of the ranger, business and tourist services.
8 Equipment need for junior rangers (what they have to bring with them, and what is provided by the Institution) The junior rangers must bring with them to the course rubber boots, sports shoes and clothing, washing kit, a sleeping bag. The Institution provides them with a rucksack, cap, T-shirt, writing kit, worksheets, field forms, evaluation sheets and binoculars. The Institution also provides vehicles for teaching in the field.
9 Curriculum of the course 1) Communication and interpretation in nature protection – basics of interpretation and communications with visitors and the local people
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2) The white stork in ČigoČ – administration of the curriculum, field work, monitoring the population of the white stork in the villages of Lonjsko Polje Nature Park
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3)The spoonbill, a duck with a spoon, familiarisation with the importance of the ornithological reserve, monitoring the condition of the habitat of the spoonbills, herons and other waterfowl.
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4) Krapje – village of the architectural heritage – familiarisation with the architectural heritage of Lonjsko Polje Nature Park.
5) Fishing – familiarisation with traditional fishing tools and important fish species.
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6) Adopt a tree – the curriculum is conducted at the Opeke Experimental Forest, Forestry Faculty opf Zagreb University, familiarisation with forest communities, making a herbarium
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7) Posavina horse – familiarisation with landrace breeds, working with livestock keepers, recreational riding
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8) Sava River – the importance of the Sava River for the Park area and its characteristics, trip on an educational raft
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9) Species inventory – inspection of sites where there are wildlife houses, and checking on amphibian activity
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10) Supervision – direct supervision of the condition in nature, matters handled by the Ranger service
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10 Results The Institution has carried out the programme since 2007, since which time courses have been held, and junior ranger certificates have been awarded to 55 course members.
11 Examinations and grading On the last day of the course, a knowledge test is carried out, and those with 60% correct answers get a certificate.
12 Ongoing collaboration in the context of the programme After the course is completed, the Institution continues to work with the course members in such activities as bird and livestock monitoring, participation in events, making bases for white stork nests, organising and implementing photographic workshops guided by the Croatian Photographic Union.
13 Cross-border collaboration As member of the EUROPARC Federation, the Institution can join the “Europarc Junior Ranger Network” ; see
junior-ranger@europarc.org 
14 Contact persons Nikša Ravlić
Sandra Prevendar-Nekvapil
cigoc@pp-lonjsko-polje.hr
15 Other remarks Lonjsko Polje Nature Park Public Institution is open to collaboration and exchange of experience.