“Large insects!”: Nature education program for children in Günztal – News from Marktoberdorf

Children need to get to know the nature of their home country. The Günztal Foundation secures this with new nature education programs for primary and lower secondary schools in this region.

The editorial staff of the newspaper Allgäu

07/01/2022 | Status: 04:00

“Insect-friendly Günztal”: As part of this project, the Günztal Cultural Landscape Foundation has developed new nature education programs in the Federal Biodiversity Program. The foundation has four different offers for interested primary and lower secondary schools to choose from. Common to them: They all revolve around insects and their habitats. (Read also: He knows his stuff: With Tom Hennemann through nature in Ostallgäu)

The new “Insect Class” programs are ideal for picking up syllabus topics in a playful way. The foundation is therefore aimed at all primary schools in the Günztal communities that are still looking for a destination or project for “Everyday Skills – School for Life” at the end of the school year from the Bavarian Ministry of Education and Culture.

The program is offered from Günzach to Günzburg

The projects must be carried out along the entire length of the Günzal, ie from Günzach to Günzburg. Depending on the location of the school, the children are then out and about in their area of ​​the Günztal. It is a special task for the Günztal Foundation to bring the nature of their homeland closer to the children.

Alexandra Baur, project manager for environmental education at the foundation, would like to inspire children and teachers to share her passion with a little insight into the educations. For one thing is certain for her: “Environmental education works best if it starts very early,” she writes in the press release. Therefore, the programs are as varied as possible. In this way, children must be brought into contact with important nature protection issues in a playful way.

The programs revolve around insect habitats:

  • “From flower to flower: Insects in the meadow”: This program takes a closer look at the meadow’s habitat. With a cup of magnifying glass and colorful Landart (art made of natural materials), the children learn a lot of new things about the life of insects on a meadow. Meanwhile, explorers ask themselves various questions, such as: “How many colors does a meadow actually have?” Questions that you do not usually ask yourself when walking across a meadow.
  • “Under water – above water: Habitat Günz ”: This focus is a little wetter. Equipped with river telescopes and landing nets, Günztal’s secrets will be revealed. After all, who knows, for example, that dragonflies – the dazzling aerial acrobats – spend most of their lives underwater? Or that there are artistic insects in Günz?
  • “Class Hideout: The Hedge”: Refuge is as important to insects as water. This project investigates what a hedge is good for, why it is the ideal hiding place for insects, and what small animals hide in it at all. The search for large and small inhabitants in the hedge is the focus of this module
  • “Of giants and small: Insects in the forest”: One habitat that is often overlooked when it comes to insects is the forest. Therefore, children should discover what the different insects do in the forest and how they live there. What little animals are there that knock down an entire tree and then decompose it along with their counterparts? Which insects keep the forest healthy by spreading seeds or clearing up waste? With fun and meditative games, children should be close to the forest and learn secrets about it that they did not know before.

More detailed information can be obtained by sending an e-mail to Umweltbildung@guenz-tal.de or by calling 0170/8726105.

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