Uzhhorod Castle Park is beautiful at any time of the year. Here, in a small area, grows more than 40 species of trees and shrubs, about 200 species of herbal plants, as well as birds and squirrels, live there. On April 14, children of IDPs together with researchers from the Natural Department of the Transcarpathian Regional Museum of Local Lore named after T. Legotsky studied and researched the environment of the castle park. The most common flowering plants are violets, starworts, fig buttercup, anemone (windflower), and periwinkle. During the tour, the children learned that the oldest trees in the park are ash and linden trees up to 150 years old. Next to them, younger exotic trees grow as Douglas fir, Oriental thuja, common holly, hardy orange, and sakura, which is about to bloom.
Observing the spring awakening of nature, students played ecological games, which are described in the collection of project activities “Study, love, protect the nature of the native land!” (written by Alla Samoilova), published within the framework of the project “Church and NGOs for environmental education in national nature parks”, implemented by the Institute of Ecological and Religious Studies in cooperation with the German Conservation Union (NABU). Young researchers collected a palette of colors and noted that now green, yellow, white, and blue predominate, identified birds, imitated a snake, looking for a surprise in an old linden tree. In the courtyard they created a picture on the theme “Perfect Environment”, and during the thematic tour of the exhibition “Nature of Transcarpathia” got acquainted more with the living and non-living nature of our region. The children liked to observe the imprint of tuna on sandstone which is 33 million years old, and Maramures diamonds, birds, and animals the most. Such classes help to better understand the environment, develop observation skills, as well as have a positive effect on the emotional state of the child.
The event was held in cooperation with the Institute of Ecological and Religious Studies (IERS) (headed by Alexander Bokotey) and with the support of the German Nature Conservation Union (NABU), project coordinator Ivan Tymofeiev.
Informational Service of IERS