Gentian Hillside Near Vřešťov – A Sad Tale with a Happy Ending?

21.09.2018 This year, the members of the local chapter, Jaro Jaroměř, decided to erect a memorial for the spring gentian with the help of the NET4GAS Closer to Nature programme, and to install an info panel that would remind visitors of the sad fate of what has become a rare and endangered plant.

Annual ČSOP Competitions Again Attract More than 5,000 Primary and High School Students

03.09.2018 As the new school year has started, so have the annual competitions in the natural sciences organized by the Czech Union for Nature Conservation (ČSOP). The Environmental Olympics (going into its 24th year) will put the skills of more than five hundred high school students to the test. The Golden Leaf (now in its 47th year), which is dedicated to primary school students, takes it one further, welcoming no fewer than four and a half thousand children. Both competitions are held in every region of the Czech Republic, and children with the best results in the regional round will advance to the national round, at the conclusion of which the winners for the given year are chosen.

Educational Trail ‘Around the Palace Pond’ in Lipová Reveals Hidden Gems of Nature

25.08.2018 Lipová, a municipality smack in the middle of the panhandle area known as Šluknov Hook, lies in the shadow of an imposing Baroque palace ruin with adjacent park and fish pond. Visitors are naturally drawn to the palace building and the beautifully restored gardens, but few would guess that the location has more to offer than the spirit of history – namely, a treasure trove of wildlife around the pond. For this reason, the members of the local chapter of the Czech Union for Nature Conservation (ČSOP), working with the Lipová town hall and drawing upon the support of the NET4GAS Closer to Nature programme, have created a new educational trail that leads day trippers around the expanse of water and shows them the local secrets of nature.

The support of NET4GAS Closer to Nature for ČSOP also extends to hands-on conservationist work

31.01.2018 NET4GAS Closer to Nature is primarily known as a programme that unlocks interesting sites of nature for the general public by building educational trails, observation decks, and other diverse infrastructure. Alongside the Czech Union for Nature Conservation, the programme thus compels citizens to venture into the great outdoors in ways that are at once entertaining and educational. Beyond that, the Closer to Nature programme also supports concrete measures aimed at the protection of nature and landscapes in practice. The projects completed in the course of last year beautifully illustrate the range of what conservationists have been able to achieve (often in their spare time) thanks to the programme.

New Educational Trail in Kokořínsko Reserve Presents 'Treasures of Harasov'

25.11.2017 One of the attractive parts of the Kokořínsko quarry is Harasov, a water reservoir on the Pšovka hemmed in by a rock face. This place, and the village of Bosyně, about 3.5 km away, are now connected via a new educational trail, "Poklady Harasova" (Treasures of Harasov), designed to highlight a number of local 'secrets' and to captivate and entertain the entire family. This trail marks the 86th addition to Closer to Nature, the joint programme of the Czech Union for Nature Conservation and NET4GAS.

Invitation for Treasures of Harasov

20.11.2017 Let us invite you on Saturday 25 November at 11 am to take a walk along the trail of the Treasures of Harasov, associated with its opening ceremony. The guided tour through the new interactive boards will be accompanied with games for children. The whole walk is about 3 km long. Event start: Harasov at the pond dam; 50.4110889N, 14.5705858E.

Closer to Nature Christmas Quiz

14.11.2017 Compete and win a Christmas gift from the NET4GAS Close to Nature program! Just answer ten quiz questions correctly and a tent, backpack, sleeping bag or annual subscription to Naše příroda magazine can become your Christmas gift from us. The quiz lasts from 14 November to 14 December 2017 and everyone can participate. For more details, please visit the section "Soutěžte s námi!" in the Czech version of this website. The quiz is in Czech only.

Hrádek Park in Třebíč Now Features New Educational Trail

31.10.2017 In the very heart of Třebíč lies a green oasis amidst historical buildings: the Hrádek Park (a hrádek being a little castle, but also an abandoned fortification). This park may newly pride itself on having an attractive education trail named "The Natural Treasures of the Hrádek Municipal Park", built by the local Kněžice Chapter of the Czech Union for Nature Conservation in collaboration with the town of Třebíč, and under the auspices of the NET4GAS Closer to Nature programme. The trail is punctuated by five stations, presenting interesting content from natural science and history.

New information boards at Hrádek in Třebíč

24.10.2017 New information boards will introduce the natural richness of the Hrádek Municipal Park in Třebíč. Come to their public opening on 31 October at 2 pm.

New Educational Trail at Krnov Leads Visitors across Forgotten Kabát's Hill

16.10.2017 Having once been the site of a restaurant for day-trippers, this area later served as military training grounds. Today, Kabát's Hill in Krnov again primarily belongs to Mother Nature, under the tireless stewardship (for the past eighteen years!) of the Czech Union for Nature Conservation, i.e. more specifically, the members of the local chapter Levrekův ostrov.

Invitation to Krnov

09.10.2017 Come with us on Monday, October 16, at 2 pm and open with us the 84th Closer to Nature location, a new nature Trail Krnov Horky - Kabátův kopec.

Vrábl's pastures – A History of Human Coexistence with Nature in the Mountains

30.09.2017 "Out here, life's no walk in the park – but it's worth living" – says Radomíra Kostuchová, breeder of the rare Hucul horse, and inhabitant, as she describes what living on the land entails. Hers is a magical place, with an intriguing history and invaluable natural treasures. That is why the ČSOP conservationists decided to showcase it to visitors: along with the help of locals, they have created an attractive new educational trail, which marks the 83rd site within the NET4GAS Closer to Nature programme.

Opening ceremony of Vráblovy Paseky educational trail

25.09.2017 The North Moravian Regional Association of ČSOP in Valašské Meziříčí cordially invites you to the official opening of the educational trail Vráblovy Paseky made accessible thanks to the NET4GAS Closer to Nature program, which will take place on Saturday 30 September.

Art competition "Paint and be Closer to Nature" again compels more than a hundred pupils to venture into the great outdoors

18.09.2017 This year has seen what is already the sixth instalment of the art competition "Paint and Be Closer to Nature", which NET4GAS organises for children in collaboration with the Czech Union for Nature Conservation (ČSOP). At the beginning of the new school year, the authors of the winning entries in the three age categories, along with their classmates and their form teachers, embarked on a guided excursion into nature or visited a sanctuary for injured wildlife.

Solvay Quarry on Ještěd Ridge – Journey from Mining to Nature

15.06.2017 Inquisitive tourists and well-informed locals may already have noticed that a new signpost has recently sprung up above the Křižany train station, along the trail to St. Christopher's Chapel, to show the way to the Solvay Quarry – a limestone quarry that has long been forgotten by most. This has changed thanks to the loving care of the Czech Union for Nature Conservation and the considerable support from the NET4GAS Closer to Nature programme: the site is newly accessible to the general public.
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