Verba Alpina is an international project, directed by Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, which aims to assemble dialectal words from official Alpine languages (French, Italian, German, Slovene and Romansh), specific to the Alpine regions regardless of political borders. It was launched in October 2014 and it lasts until the end of September 2017, with the possibility of continuation.

The vocabulary concerned touches mostly natural and cultural heritage, traditional craftsman techniques and ways of life: anyone can register and contribute words from their dialect. The main output of the project is an online platform, complete with database, interactive cartography, scientific articles and methodology. This way, the data from existing linguistic atlases can be made easily available to the public in an improved, coherent and multidimensional form.

The project is supported by numerous partners, and is mostly intended for scientific public, but is also easily understandable to general public thanks to the interactive map.

You can find out more about the project here.

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Project Summary 

Among young generation there is little awareness of the values and opportunities offered by the natural and cultural heritage of the Alps. There is an urgent need to better inform youth and make them more aware of the Alpine heritage, which has a lot to offer also in terms of economic and social opportunities. 

The project YOUrALPS - Educating youth for the Alps: (re)connecting Youth and Mountain heritage for an inspiring future in the Alps, take up the challenge to reconcile young people with the Alps. Twelve project partners from five alpine countries work together to give structure to the field of mountain oriented education and incorporate the values and knowledge of mountains and the Alps more fully in practices also in educational curricula. Thanks to exchanges, training, workshops and trials in pilot sites the project partner will create an "Alpine school model". The project will create new opportunities for youth and increase their empowerment and engagement in the Alpine territory, to better shape their future.

ALPARC is project leader for YOUrALPS. The Netwrok is responsible for technical and financial management and coordination of project partners activities. ALPARC is also responsible for the project communication activities.

YOUrALPS lasts from November 2016 to October 2019 and is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Interreg Alpine Space programme (Total budget: 2.001.017,40 € - ERDF grant: 1.615.864,77 EUR ).


Project main outputs

  • A transnational cooperation structure dedicated to Mountain oriented education, gathering schools and universities together with specialist from non-formal education and youth. The network will be based on a participatory web-platform and database providing resources, educational offers, contacts from the educational field at alpine level.
  • A comparative report on innovative practices and mountain oriented strategies in the educational field.
  • An Alpine School Model. The project will develop a joint international methodological approach based on a charter, a label, shared pedagogical tools and resources adapted to different educational level. Recommendations will support decision-makers in transferring and applying the model.


Project specific objectives

  • Fostering and strengthening the Alpine mountain-oriented education sector via the settlement of a network of formal and non-formal education actors. Network’s participants will share knowledge in a web platform dedicated to Mountain Oriented Education.
  • Providing youth with opportunities to develop their knowledge and sensibility on the Alpine natural and cultural heritage. Partners’ students will be involved in the model development, actively participating in the project actions and transalpine workshops. Pupils and students from pilot-schools will benefit from testing the “Alpine school” educational model.
  • Strengthening the inclusion of mountain-oriented education in the educational curricula in the school system, fostering a transnational alpine cultural identity via the development, test and validation of A common alps-wide operational model : the “Alpine School Model”.


For further info:

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The Association Interpret Europe propose an International Certified Interpretative Guide Course in France. The course will take place from the 8th to the 12th of May 2017 . The venue of the course is the South of France on the Ferme sur le Parc, in Venasque, Vaucluse.

Certified -Interpretive Guide course is intended for guides and heritage professionals who would like to improve the quality of their performance using heritage interpretation. Heritage interpretation can be an extremely useful tool to engage with an audience and make heritage more meaningful to people. The  course venue  is surrounded by natural and cultural heritage, orchards, vineyards and ancient stone huts, an atmosphere which guarantees inspiration.  The training uses a tested learning methodology heavily weighted to practical exercises, conducted individually and in groups, which allows you to develop your talents day by day.  The course is endorsed by Interpret Europe and delivered by a certified trainer, Sandy Colvine.

To register, please fill the online form here.
For further info please download the document attached.

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017 08:23

"Youth at the Top"… with you?

Take part in the 3rd edition on 11th July 2017!

Putting young people back in contact with mountains and the Alps

The prior aim of the project is to make mountains accessible to all and the youngsters come from the local valleys or from cities.For them, it’s the opportunity to have a singular experience (often the first!) of night at high altitude, as a group; to re-engage with mountains through their emotion, observation, play, encounters, imagination, dreams or expression.This collective adventure, occurring simultaneously in different countries, also awakens the feeling of belonging to a common mountain range, to the Alps or to the Carpathians.To this end, the project draws on values common to education and mountains.

Taking part is…
For the organiser: "It brings three-fold satisfaction:1/ revealing this mountain nature to young people on an original occasion (a night walk with sunrise)  2/ the pleasure of hearing them talking about the experience; their feedback is a gift  3/ the pleasure of sharing this experience with them!"- Fug'en Cimes, Christophe Delahaye, 2016

For the youngsters: "it’s great!", "… a really awesome way to discover the Alps", "… a magnificent experience", "… a different way of getting out in the mountains", etc.
The 2016 edition brought together more than 500 young people and 150 adults in various countries.

•  Read the 2016 press release • Watch the 2016 mini-video  • Discover the details of the 2016 events

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The projects are (co-) run by the Alpine protected areas, youth workers, associations, refuges, communities, young independent adults, etc., with the participation of local professionals.Registration is open for the 11th to 12th July edition in the Alps and in the Carpathians.

Simply fill in the online form at:  before 12th April 2017.

Filling in the form does not commit you in any way; it simply says you are motivated to take part in the 2017 edition. Participation is free of charge; some expenses may be covered (subject to certain conditions). Don’t hesitate to contact the organisers for details and support.

New in 2017

For the 2017 edition all the organisers of the “Youth at the Top” event will be given a free copy of the “The Alps in my Backpack” teaching tool. Please ask for this when you register on line (terms of availability and distribution in the form).

See the detailed project-sheet :

For any further information, please contact : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This project is supported by the German Ministry of Environment and the Principality of Monaco.

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"The Alps in my backpack” a multifunctional pedagogical tool for activities linked to the Alps, mountain heritage and protected alpine areas is available for you! 

“The Alps in my backpack” is a big sheet, measuring 240 x 150 cm and printed on a durable fabric. It shows the map of the Alps and all their principal protected nature reserves. Moreover, it presents the diversity of Alpine landscapes, emblematic species, the creation of the Alps, cultural and linguistic diversity, and current issues in the Alpine territory.
The tool has been created collectively by members of the “Mountain environmental education in Alpine protected areas” working group, which had long wanted to benefit from a simple and practical shared tool during their activities, for addressing alpine issues in their global dimension, beyond the usual boundaries.

As part of the 2017 edition of “Youth at the top”, rangers, animators and educators will be invited to use(s) the “Alps in my backpack” tool.

Please notice that 3 copies of the “Alps in my backpack"  tool are available for free for all the ALPARC members.

To obtain one or more copies of this tool, please contact info [at]

Coordination: ALPARC
Concept and content: ALPARC and  Mountain Environmental Education working group
Cartographic data: SIG ALPARC 2016
Graphic design: Régis Ferré

Co-financed by the German Ministry for the Environment and the Principality of Monaco

A shared observation: there is a lack of contact between young people and the Alps

Worldwide, specialists diagnose a lack of contact from young people to their living space. Among Alpine youth, it leads also to the dying out of Alpine identity and mountain-related know-how. The young people of the Alps, among whom there is little awareness of the values and opportunities offered by the natural and cultural heritage of the Alps, are finding it difficult to settle in mountain areas on a long-term basis.
There is therefore unquestionably an urgent need for young people to be better informed and made more aware of their Alpine heritage, including of what it can offer them in terms of economic and social opportunities.

YOUrALPS tackles the challenge to raise Youth awareness on Alpine heritage

The aims of the INTERREG Alpine Space YOUrALPS project (2016-2019) are to give structure to the field of mountain education throughout the Alps and incorporate the values and knowledge of mountains and the Alps more fully in practices but also in educational curricula and syllabuses.
YOUrALPS includes several actions. It’s about identifying, interconnecting and involving the various players scattered over the Alpine territory in a transalpine network which will promote exchanges, synergies and cooperation in this field. A participative webplatform will be one of the tools of this network.
An analysis of the experiences and good practices in mountain environment education throughout the Alps, (including an in-depth study of the political strategies of each country in this field) will be presented in a comparative report. It will include recommendations and will be distributed among the decision-makers of each country. Thanks to exchanges, training, workshops and trials in pilot sites it will be possible to create an "Alpine school model". The model will also be completed by a toolbox of teaching resources linked to Alpine heritage.

The project has direct and long-term impacts

The Alpine School model will directly benefit the students, educators and decision-makers involved, as well as the future generations of pupils. Decision makers will have at their disposal a transferable model. YOUrALPS will create new opportunities for youth and increase their empowerment and engagement in the Alpine territory, to better shape their future.

January 2017 – The project is launched

On 18th and 19th January, the kick-off meeting brought together in Chambéry (Fr) 41 participants, coming from 6 Alpine countries (13 project partners, 25 observers and the representatives of the Alpine Space programme).
Thanks to this meeting the partners were able to get to know each other better and to appropriate the general context of the YOUrALPS project and the Alpine Space programme. A workshop was held on this occasion to build common references on mountain education. Two other working periods resulted in the laying down of the basis for a future international network and the webplatform associated with it. The atmosphere was warm and constructive, a good foundation for this ambitious 3-year project.
The next Project  Steering Committee meeting is planned for July in Slovenia.


The YOUrALPS Project is financed through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)  Interreg – Alpine Space programme  

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The YOUrALPS project has been recently approved in the frame of the 2nd call of the INTERREG Alpine Space Programme (2014- 2020). 

The main aim of the project is to raise youth awareness on the entire Alpine natural and cultural heritage, by supporting youth environmental educational process via interconnected formal and non-formal education considering the Alps as natural, cultural, living and work space beyond borders.

The Lead Partner (LP), ALPARC - the Alpine Network of Protected Areas, launches a tender for management support for all tasks of financial management and smooth support for project administrative co-ordination.Participation is open to all legal persons who are established in a Member State of the European Union or in a country or territory of the regions covered and/or authorized by the specific instruments applicable to the programme under which the contract is financed.

Find the procurements, the terms of reference and all other relevant documents below

Deadline for tender submissions is the 15th of January 2017.



Monday, 28 November 2016 09:51

The Alps in my Backpack

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Welcome to the page dedicated to a joint Alpine pedagogical tool developed by rangers, educators and staff in charge of education in Alpine protected areas:

The Alps in my Backpack!

A picnic tablecloth, a nap blanket, a parasol or umbrella, a folding-screen?

The tool "The Alps in my backpack " is certainly multifunctional, but it is first and foremost a cross-country teaching support to be taken in the backpack for animations on the field, in connection with the Alps, the mountain heritage and the alpine protected areas!

Measuring 240 x 150 cms and printed on a resistant fabric, it presents the map of the Alps and their main protected areas:


(to view the layout more in details, you can download a PDF version below)

It was created in a collective way by members of the Working Group “Mountain Environmental Education in Alpine Protected Areas”, who wished for a long time to benefit from a common, simple and practical tool, allowing to approach the alpine issues on their global dimension, beyond the usual borders, during their animations.

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It will be completed step by step by various pedagogical resources and thematic fact sheets, which will be available for free download on this webpage.

The layout is also available for free for the ALPARC members (only) as high definition file ready for print. Beside the fabric versions provided by ALPARC, this allow also the members to print "The Alps in my backpack" on further materials, as large paper posters, wooden boards or large panels for exhibits or visitor centres, etc...

For any question, please contact info [at]

Production: ALPARC 2016
Developed in collaboration with members of the Working groups “Mountain Environmental Education in Alpine Protected Areas” of ALPARC and Educ’Alpes
Graphic design & Illustrations:
With the financial support of the German Ministry for the Environment and the Principality of Monaco

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Wednesday, 18 January 2017 14:02

YOUrALPS Kick-off Meeting

YOUrALPS Kick-off Meeting will take place the 18th and 19th January 2017 in Chambéry (France), gathering Partners and Observers.

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Tuesday, 15 November 2016 15:59

Youth At the Top 2018!

The date of the event Youth At the Top 2018 is now available. See you on 12th of July 2018 all over the Alps!


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