Young Friends of the Earth Switzerland open day

21 May 2011

Great success for the first open day of the groups Youth & Nature Pro Natura

Pro Natura Youth (Young Friends of the Earth Switzerland) manages 44 local groups across the entire country. Lead by voluntary counsellors, these local groups offer thematic outings in nature and camps for young adults and children. Today, the first forest-themed open day took place, across Switzerland, with the participation of 24 groups from 15 Swiss counties.

The open days were very popular. Group leader's goals and motivation were clear: by strolling along forest paths, children learn to respect this world.

However education was not the only goal of this day in the forest; pleasure and delight also took up a choice place. What did participants prefer?

- "Games in the forest and the building of huts!"

- "To uproot brambles around the small oaks so that they can have enough light to grow"

- "When the lumberjack cut down a tree... even if I was a little scared when it fell down!"

Thanks to games, expert's lectures, tales & legends, marshmallows on the grill and animals watching, kids could let off steam in nature and thus 'live the nature'.