The fifth Experiencing Nature Week has taken place – a tried and tested cooperation with the Education Network Eppinghofen, the Eppinghofen District Management and the Office for Children, Youth and School. The offer is aimed at elementary school children who have to remain at home during vacation.
As in past years, EASY SOFTWARE supported the successful program again this year with a donation – for week in nature for children which was as filled with adventure as it was experiences and excitement.
The nature days were a complete success again this year. The children enjoyed the program a lot. That much is certain.
We are glad that we were able to offer the children who remained at home such a diverse program at no cost thanks to the donation from EASY SOFTWARE AG, says Agnes Schauer from the Eppinghofen District Management.
Treasure hunting on the Ruhr – pirate for a day
The kids started the Experiencing Nature Week with a visit to the JugenUmweltMobil. As fearless pirates, together with Captain Plas Tque, they used a treasure map to find ideas and suggestions for the more sensible handling of plastic items.
The subject of the second day was “City Trees”. At the playground on Bruchstaße, surrounded by large, old trees, the “Cambium Kids” introduced the other children to things worth knowing about trees. Of course, the practical value of the material “wood” was not neglected. The children rolled up their sleeves and went to work. Different types of wood were available to choose from. They made pencil holders, chains and magnets.
Of cows, art & herbs
The following Wednesday, the children had a special experience: a visit to the farm of the Hennenberg family, in cooperation with the Klimacampus. It was exciting for the children, who had never seen a farm and didn’t know the work farmers do every day. Afterwards, the children enjoyed a picnic prepared for them by the farmer. Fresh milk, right from the cow, cake and yogurt with apple sauce made from the farm were on the menu.
But that wasn’t all. The following days also offered similar experiences. The children had another adventure in nature. Using the motto “Nature-Light-Art”, an employee of the Biologische Station Westliches Ruhrgebiet e.V. (Biological Station of the Western Ruhr Valley) and the artist duo Kelbassas Panoptikum led the children on the discovery tour “Nature” – and then expressed what they experienced through art.
The highlight followed to conclude this year’s Experiencing Nature Week. Together with parents and siblings, the children got moving on a guided walk in the MÜGA to learn about herbs. Medicinal herb educator Stefanie Horn showed the children that there is more to the native herbs than meets the eye. With usefulness in mind, the children then produced herbal products from the herbs they had gathered. After so many experiences – and a fitting end to the week – the kids cooled off at the water playground.