The children of today need to learn about nature so that the adults of tomorrow will treat their environment with respect.
In order to achieve this goal, grades 5 and 6 will be focusing on the topic "Survival of the fittest - Humans have an impact on the environment" in M&U this autumn. In the context of this topic, for our project week and in the year of the 100th birthday of the only Swiss national park, the four grade 5 and 6 teachers are planning a 3-day excursion to the "Parc Naziunal Svizzer" in Engadin.
This valuable educational journey begins with a trip in a Rhaetian train through the Alpine scenery, past one of the most important Swiss glaciers, the Morteratsch Glacier, and through the Vereina Tunnel, a masterpiece of Swiss engineering. The children will spend the nights in dormitories which encourage a sense of community, promote social skills and allow the children to maintain old and new friendships. OBS parents had requested a trip for the beginning of term to foster a better classroom environment - and this excursion finally enables us to comply with the request.
The highlight of the excursion will be a guided tour through the national park.
Educating people about nature is one of the cornerstones of every national park. "The earlier children learn about nature, the more likely they are to take an interest when they grow older." Based on this idea, the Swiss national park has prepared the following programme for us:
Educational experiences for children and teenagers focus on searching, observing, comparing and perceiving the world with all five senses. Young people are the most committed environmentalists if we can get them excited about nature. Our challenge is to help children experience nature as something exciting, mystical and fascinating and, at the same time, to educate future conservationists.The park guide will accompany the children on a 1-day trip through the national park and will introduce them to this unique reserve. The route takes them right through Val Trupchun (a valley known for its abundance of hoofed animals) where the children might catch a glimpse of the deer in rutting season.