Thematic sessions, excursions and workshops

Duration of each session: from 45 minutes to 1.5 hours (the exact time can be agreed with each group). The programme of the workshop is discussed with the trainer, and it is possible to make changes and additions depending on the age of the participants — the school program, the individual characteristics of the group. Requests are accepted by phone on 20-65-72 from 9.00 to 18.00, with the department of eco-education of Kenozero national park.

Seasonal

September 1 — October 15. Historical, cultural and natural heritage of Kenozero. The ecological class «Open Laboratory» in the Visit Center of the Kenozero National Park in the city of Arkhangelsk is rightly considered as a «exposure» directly to the land of Kenozero. Getting acquainted with the activities of the Kenozersky National Park: what are the Nature Protected Areas and their the main activities. Presentation about the Park, a holistic view of the natural and cultural heritage of the protected area. 

You will learn about the forests, lakes, swamps, animals and plants of the Park, unique wooden churches, chapels and holy groves, the traditional way of life of local residents, and also why today the Kenozero National Park is one of the leading national parks in Russia! 

For all age categories.

October 15 — December 15. Sinichkin den (the day of wintering birds). Thematic interactive lesson about the framework of the All-Russian Ecological and Cultural Action «Feed the Birds». A story about the wintering birds of the Kenozero National Park. Why, with the onset of cold weather, do some birds fly south, while others remain sharing all the hardships of winter with people? Which birds are called wintering birds?   

What is the best treat, how to feed the feathered friends? The program has active games, riddles, and a creative workshop. 

Age category: 6-10 years, senior preschool and junior school age. 


   

15 December — 15 January. Lost letters of Santa Claus. The New Year is a great time to combine the holiday and interactive activities. In this magical time, children all over the world write letters to Santa Claus and waiting for fulfillment of their desires. But what is this? Why in the building of the Provincial Post Office there is a huge bag marked «For Santa Claus»? Did the Snowman-postal worker lose the letters and now they will not reach the addressee, and boys and girls will not wait for gifts under their Christmas trees? It is possible to help the main New Year hero only by knowing who and how he worked in the old building of the provincial post office on the embankment of the Northern Dvina. 

The Post master Fedor Zakharovich has already prepared different tasks for the kids. After filling a special colorful interactive map, participants will be able to find Santa Claus by a real fireplace. After that they will try to guess cunning Santa's riddles, dedicated to the nature of the Kenozero National Park, then they will do a circle dance around Christmas tree in a cozy living room. And finally participants enter the magic workshop, where they can make a New Year's souvenir themselves. After that you can treat yourself with a fragrant Kenozero herbal tea made fr om the herbs of the Park, and watch a good old cartoon. 

Age category: senior preschool and junior school age (grades 1-4).



15 March — 15 April. Сook tetyorka — Call for spring. Ethnographic interactive activity timed to coincide with the vernal equinox, and the astronomical, natural beginning of spring. During this period, residents of the Russian North had been baking a special ritual lacy cookie — «tetyorka», so that the snow melted as soon as possible, the earth blossomed again, and the birds brought spring on their wings. What is a tetyorka? Why is the ritual biscuit wearing a «bird's» name? And how to call for spring? These and many other questions will be answered by the participants during the masterclass. They can make «tetyorka» themselves following the ancient recipes and learn the secret meaning of its forms, and also get acquainted with the ancient rituals of magic spelling for spring. 

Age category: senior preschool and junior school age (grades 1-6). 

Note: the program includes a masterclass with dough and flour. The clothing should be appropriate.


15 April — 5 June. The cycle of masterclasses within the framework of the environmental action «Marсh of Parks». Within the framework of the action, during April — May 2016 specialists organize and conduct the following thematic classes in schools of Arkhangelsk and in the Visitor Center of the Kenozero National Park: «The Kenozero National Park — for 25 years we preserve the heritage of the Russian North».

Throughout the year 

Kenozero National Park — 25 years of preservation of heritage of the Russian North. Acquaintance with the activities of the Kenozero National Park: what are Protected Areas and their main activities. Presentation about the Park, a holistic view of the natural and cultural heritage of the protected area. You will learn about the forests, lakes, swamps, animals and plants of the Park, unique wooden churches, chapels and holy groves, the traditional way of life of local residents, and also why today the Kenozero National Park is one of the leading national parks in Russia! 

Age category: schoolchildren 1-9 grades

Provincial Post Office. The building of the Arkhangelsk Visitor Center of the Kenozero National Park is located in the historic quarter of the city. During the Russian Empire, the embankment of the Northern Dvina was called Torgovaya street. Ships and boats  touched land there, and various warehouses of merchants and trading shops were located on this street. And here in the last third of the 18th century a building was built for the establishment of the provincial post office, which is now occupied by the Visitor Center and the Directorate of the Kenozero National Park. Nowadays, the exposition located in the lobby of the building is devoted to the history of the postal system in Russia and it tells about that distant era when there was no mobile communication and Internet, and it took weeks or months to get the message. 

For all age categories

Note: for visitors of primary school age the lesson is completed with a colorful interactive sheet.


Virtual Quest «Three Elements of Kenozero». The lesson focuses on acquaintance with the concept of «specially protected natural area», types of Protected Areas, their activities, peculiarities of flora and fauna of the Kenozero National Park, as well as the cultural heritage of the territory. In the lesson, consisting of a presentation and a game part, the participants will enrich their knowledge of the geography and nature of the Arkhangelsk region. 

Age category: schoolchildren of 5-11 classes.


Ecological footprint. In the modern world, people of our planet are threatened not only by wars, diseases and natural disasters. Unfortunately, today's threats prey on human  factor — uncontrolled littering and irrational use of natural resources. Each participant of this lesson will be able to calculate his ecological and learn how to help the planet and reduce his own consumption of resources. 

Age category: middle and senior school age.

A series of classes «Club of young travelers». In the «Club of young travelers» preschool children will go on an exciting and informative round-the-world trip. The author's program was thought out to the smallest details, and is designed based on children's needs to play, learn and experiment. It was developed with love and soul by the teacher Polina Gladkikh. 

«Knowledge is acquired imperceptibly when young travelers go on an Indian path, experiment with a mini-iceberg, solve geographic riddles, play the northern lights, find squirrel stocks or turn into a lion or a snake, or when they recognize the animal by their footprints, land on an uninhabited island as a result of a shipwreck and learn to survive on it», — says Polina Gladkikh. During the classes each child will create his own unique map of the world inhabited by different animals, wh ere castles, an igloo and skyscrapers will be placed, and mountains, plants will appear and many other things as well.



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