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 From the outset this project was stamped with the will to be exemplary... the Park House, situated in the village of La Chapelle-en-Valgaudemar has just been awarded the “Tourism and Disability” label for these four types of disability: motor, sight, hearing and mental, to the delight of the entire team who had devoted their energies to this end and who now see their efforts rewarded.

Judge for yourselves: reserved parking spaces, moving walkway access to reception and tactile ramp, tactile model of the whole building , adapted facilities inside the building, access ramps and ramps to visit temporary exhibitions, guide strips on the floor, audio guides, adapted reception furniture, reserved seats in the audiovisual space...

All the single storey exhibition space has been designed to be accessible to all and to cater for all types of visitors in a recreational way. 

Coherent welcoming facilities for disabled people now have to be taken further by working towards the creation of a natural site which can be experienced by these visitors with their infectious enthusiasm. Training in welcoming the disabled is also on the agenda.

Adapted reception facilities, tactile model, audio guides... are some of the accessories adapted for disabled visitors to the Park House.

Source: Parc national des Ecrins press release, complete original version at this link (in French only)

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What is Phénoclim?

Since 2004, the Alpine Ecosystems Research Center (CREA) is running the Phenoclim project, aiming at measuring the effects of climate change on alpine plants phenology. Within the scope of participatory science, Phenoclim is both a scientific and educational program involving various publics (schools, associations, individuals, protected areas) in data collection.

Every spring and autumn, volunteers observe phenology of common plant species and transmit the data (dates of budburst, leafing, flowering, leaf fall etc...) to CREA.

170 study zones are now spread across the Alps. Climate is also monitored through a network of 60 temperature stations .
The objective of this observatory is to expand all over the Alps (also Germany, Austria, Slovenia…), to better take into account the geographical diversity of the whole mountain range.

In the scope of the Working group “Mountain environmental education”, ALPARC and the REEMA support this programme and encourage the Alpine Protected Areas to participate.

How to participate?

The 2011 Phenoclim spring campaign has just started… You are managing one or more alpine protected areas? It’s the perfect time to join the french, italian and swiss protected areas which are already involved in Phenoclim!

You are interested in joining the project?

  1. Register on Phenoclim website
  2. Choose the plants from your study zone
  3. Start your observations according to the Phenoclim protocol

Important: the web interface to register and report data is for the moment only available in French. If you would be interested to register and need an English version, please contact Floriane Macian (below) to express your interest and the CREA will consider the possibility to translate these pages.

If you want to use Phenoclim as an educational tool for schools, don’t hesitate to ask CREA for some tips.

More information:

Floriane Macian (English+French speaking) / / 0033 (0)4 50 53 45 16

Download the presentation leaflet in English


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The project “Equilibri Naturali” is designed to bring children closer to nature.It focuses in particular on addressing current social issues such as obesity, short attention spans and dependency on television and computer games by promoting outdoor experiences through creative activities and a more relaxed pace of life.

 In addition to the opportunity to teach children about sustainability, the outdoor activities help to create a sense of "belonging" to an area. The activities allow children to rediscover the value of interacting with others (playing games, shared outdoor adventures) whilst also improving the way that they learn.

The Natural Balance programme was developed by the Monti Sibillini National Park in Italy and has been implemented by AIDAP (Italian Association of protected area directors and staff). Many Italian protected areas have signed up to the project, including the Belluno Dolomites National Park, which is very actively involved.

Details of the Natural Balance programme and events are available online at the Italian protected areas website ( ).

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 The second Alparc workshop on the topic "Mountain Environmental Education: how to reinforce the relation between young people and Alpine mountain?" will take place from 17th to19th October 2012 in Mallnitz, in the Hohe Tauern National Park .

It is co-organised with the Hohe Tauern National Park - Carinthia and with the REEMA (Alpine Network for Mountain Environmental Education), which already gathers the staff in charge of environmental education in the French Alpine protected areas.

Target public: Staff in charge of environmental education in the Alpine protected areas.
Limited number of participants: 30 persons max.
Language of the meeting: English

Programme proposal: see document below (for download)

Main topic will be: YOUTH and MOUNTAIN: how to reinforce the relation between young people and mountain? Which ideas, tools, international projects

Parallel work sessions in small groups:

- Experiences of sponsoring, cooperations with external partners financing environmental education programs
- Education centres: experience of alpine protected areas with visitor centres (management, staff, costs, infrastructure, content and pedagogical material, impacts, selling products or not?)
- Educational values, alpine culture and mountain identity

The programme will also offer large discussion time for informal experiences exchanges as well as various guided visits.

ALPARC Education Working Group Coordination: +33 (0)4 79 26 55 00


Please find below the registration form as well as useful practical information. To register, fill in the form and send it back before 30th of SEPTEMBER 2012. Thanks! 

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 The National Park Mercantour , the Nature Park Alpi Marittime and the River Park Gesso e Stura created together the

Trans-border Platform of Environmental Education

within the framework of the Integrated Trans-border Plan (PIT) financed by the ALCOTRA European programme of trans-border coordination. The aim of this platform is to allow effective trans-border coordination between all the players of the trans-border territory. Its vocation is to facilitate working in this network and make available a larger number of tools and teaching resources.


As the high point, there is a space essentially devoted to teachers. To access this platform, simply go to the following site:

For more information contact Elena Maselli (In charge of teaching/EEDD of the Mercantour National Park)  

 It is still possible to register for the 2nd International Workshop “Mountain Environmental Education in Alpine protected areas” until the 30th of September and within the limit of available places.

This workshop takes place the 17th,18th and 19th of October 2012 in the Hohe Tauern National Park in Mallnitz (Austria). Please find bellow the final program, practical information and news about the inscription.  

The meeting will focus on the topic "Youth in mountain regions": How can we strengthen the connection between young people and the Alpine protected areas?

Other issues will also be discussed, often more technical aspects, in small groups within parallel sessions:

  • Management of visitor centres,
  • Funding and sponsorship of activities or institutions,
  • Common educational values, identity and culture of the Alpine regions

The topics and the program, attached below, were developed in discussions with members of ALPARCs working group "Education and awareness raising" and members of the Reema. This workshop aims to answer to the expectations of the responsible persons for environmental education in the Alpine protected areas.
For further information please look at the attached document or send an email to Marie Stoeckel .




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Pour une éducation buissonnière

 A l’école, en centre de loisirs, en famille, seul ou en groupe... chacun peut contribuer à cet élan en prenant le temps d’aller dehors, de reconstruire ce lien essentiel « pour s’épanouir en tant qu’être vivant sur la planète et aller vers une humanité plus solidaire et respectueuse des ressources limitées et de la beauté du monde ». C’est le message que nous fait passer Louis Espinassous dans son nouvel ouvrage : « Pour une éducation buissonnière ». Véritable plaidoyer pour l'éducation nature, ce livre est le fruit de quarante années d'expérience.


Editions Hesse, 2010

192 pages

ISBN : 978-2-35706-010-4

Nous privons de plus en plus nos enfants de la nature, du dehors, les acheminant peu à peu vers une éducation ‘‘hors-sol’’. Et ceci au nom de la sécurité, de l’hygiène, de la norme, du risque zéro, et sous le prétexte fallacieux que, par écrans interposés, la vie, le réel arrivent désormais sans risques jusqu’au cœur de douillettes petites cages dorées où nous les gardons à l’abri. Or le monde n’est pas réductible aux murs de la chambre ou de la classe, ni à des images virtuelles, les plus perfectionnées soient-elles.
C’est dehors, dans le jardin, les prés et les bois, le bord de mer ou la montagne, dans ce contact plein avec le réel que l’enfant construit une part considérable de son rapport à son corps, à ses sens, à son intelligence, à la vie et aux autres. C’est ainsi qu’il développe au mieux la totalité de son être.

Riche d’enseignements et de réflexions, POUR UNE ÉDUCATION BUISSONNIÈRE est aussi une vigoureuse exhortation au développement de l’éducation nature pour que chaque enfant puisse s’épanouir en tant qu’être vivant sur notre planète, et aille vers une humanité plus solidaire et respectueuse des ressources limitées et de la beauté du monde.

Tout jeune, LOUIS ESPINASSOUS a eu la vocation d’éducateur nature. Quarante ans plus tard, infatigable, il assume cette vocation à laquelle s’ajoutent celles d’accompagnateur en montagne, de pisteur d’ours, d’incorrigible dormeur à la belle étoile, de conteur et d’écrivain. Toujours avec la même jubilation, il emmène enfants, adolescents, adultes, publics handicapés ou difficiles dans des séjours, des classes découvertes, des stages de formation au cœur des Pyrénées, dans cette vallée d’Ossau où il a pris racine depuis plus de trente ans. 

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   Proceedings "Nationalparkakademie", 23rd - 24th October 2008.
Hohe Tauern National Park, Austria.

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DAPHNE Slovakia published new publication - WORLD OF CARPATHIANS - Hanbook for Environmental Education.

You can open pdf version of the publication here.

You can also buy the handbook for 25€. If you decide to buy it, please contact;
DAPHNE - Inštitút aplikovanej ekológie,Podunajská 24

821 06 Bratislava


tel./fax: +421 02 455 240 19, 02 456 402 01, E-mail: daphne@ 

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Catalogue des produits de communication

The catalogue lists the various Alpine Network publications: conference proceedings; specialist subjects; bulletins; educational material; book of Alpine stories and legends; special items such as the map of Alpine protected areas and the 'Mountains and myths' exhibition.

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