Forest school programs

Our programmes organised at the Nyitnikék Forestry Open-air School

Groups arriving at our facilities will have the possibility to choose from more programmes, and each programme will be adjusted to the given age group. Children will enjoy real teamwork with loads of playful exercises, they will learn to make summaries and conclusions; these all will develop their problem-solving skills and their creativity and last but not least their team spirit will be strengthened as well.

You can choose from the following topics

The forest is telling you a story
Introducing woody and herbaceous plants; the forest community (structure, different cycles, and food chain); levels of the forest.

The world of little ones
Plants and flowers at close range (structure and texture); mushrooms; soil analysis, soil borne species; water analysis; spiders-insects; using a microscope.

Our environment and us
The forest as a system; weather and its effects (observations, and measurements); human effects on the environment – litter and waste, air- and water pollution; what could we do at home and at school? (selective waste collection, composting, collection of rainwater, and conscious consumption)

Wild and mild
The flora and fauna of the forest; recognition (picture, sound, track); food chains and symbiosis; raised hide, imitating animal sounds; let’s get to know the work of hunters.

The Hills of Zala County
Character features of the area (terrain, climate …); using maps and orientation (treasure hunting game); our ethnographic values (folk costume, folk’s traditions, customs, and superstitions); typical local dishes (a bowl of dödölle (a traditional dish of boiled potatoes, flour and roasted onion); craftsman’s workshops (baking langali (a traditional salty batter dish with sour cream, onions and bacon) in the oven/pottery workshop /cornhusk …)

The forest and the human
Who works in the forest: how do we manage forests? Lifecycles of the forest, tasks of foresters; machines and horse powers; side products in the forest and how we can use them; laws, regulations (at the level of the given age group).

Setting-up a forest-model, levels of the forest (Let’s populate the forest!); “I have come from America!” – As the foresters do; Activity-game; using a microscope; watching a film, and discussing the topics of the film; what kind of bird can it be? – Sound recognition on a CD; using maps; project work; craftsman’s workshops.

Our programmes organised at the Zakatoló - Cluttering Forestry School

You can choose from the following topic days

  • The forest tells you a story
  • Our friends are the trees
  • Wild world
  • The forest and the human

You can choose from various programmes of the open-air school in the forest, our range is from half-day-trips to five-day-trips, depending on the requirements of the participants. You can be provided accommodation at our Tourist Hostel at the Csömödér stop of the forest railway. Your boarding can be organised individually, however, you can even require meals three times a day as well.

Groups arriving at our facilities will have the possibility to choose from more programmes, and each programme will be adjusted to the given age group and to their knowledge. Participants will enjoy real project work in teams with loads of playful exercises; this way we can give them the opportunity to gain a lot of knowledge and experiences, with full of fun and enjoyment.

We always look for the answers to questions coming up; in the meantime, the forces holding the class communities together will be strengthened as we can get unforgettable experiences.

Besides the modules combining trips with forest open-air school programmes, you can choose from hiking and biking tours, team-building competitions.

Opportunities for hiking in the neighbouring areas

  • Forest Park in Lenti, Wildflower training path
  • Tree Giants in Lentiszombathely
  • Bunker network in South-Zala County
  • Mároki Chapel
  • Kerka Vízimalom Múzeum
  • Buffalo Reserve
  • Andrássy-Szapáry Castle
  • Memorial House of Professor József Öveges in Páka
  • Village house in Dömefölde
  • Arboretum in Budafa
  • Ancient Beech-woods in Vétyem

Our purpose is to establish environment conscious way of thinking, to expand the knowledge of nature, while learners can gain unforgettable memories experiencing the world around them on their own.