SAINT EGIDIO ESTATE’S EDUCATIONAL WOODS
“crucial element to the sustainable socio-economic development and environmental safety of the territory. A number of roles have been attributed to the woods in terms of its recreational, naturalistic and productive functions, with an eye to soil protection, biodiversity preservation and carbon fixation”. This is the definition of Educational Woods according to law n.40 “Educational Woods in the Puglia Region” dated Dec. 10th 2012. By making direct experience of the woods, it is possible to become more familiar with the surrounding nature in order to encourage the discovery, knowledge and respect of the world we live in. This is how the Woods become an actual “laboratory”, a multidisciplinary resource allowing new experiences for body and mind, to rediscover and enhance our five senses. Out-door activities and open air are certainly the best way to stimulate curiosity and passion for exploration, where educational activities can be perfectly carried out in a fun, unoffcial context. Such an environment fulfills our natural need for movement fostering as well the sense of balance both in children and adults essential for the awakening of body and senses – listening to sounds, smelling perfumes and observing movements to learn to perceive the changing seasons and enjoy their peculiarities. Moreover the Woods represent the ideal place to socialize and collaborate, increasing the sense of responsibility and respect for one another and the surrounding nature. The sense of adventure, present in all human beings is triggered by such unique chance to share observations, discoveries and explorations. The Educational Woods is a project intended to raise awareness around the ecological themes with an eye to the natural resources management, in the most “ecologically correct” way. The aim is turning people’s passive attutude towards these issues into a proactive behaviour. The Educational Woods is not just meant as an environmental education lesson but it rather accomplishes an actual social task. Thanks to its cultural and naturalistic heritage, the Saint Egidio’s Estate will stand as a candidate to become the first Educational Woods of the Lazio Region. The Cimino Woods perfectly combine natural resources, educational spaces for teaching activities and equipped paths, together with GEA (“Gestione Etica dell’Accoglienza”) operators’ professional skills who guarantee a high quality educational offer for visitors to make a unique emotional experience, through adventures and laboratories, through an actual full immersion in the woods.
The Cimino Educational Woods aim at teaching the great audience about Nature’s perfection and complexity for them to start acting more responsibly towards environmental issues. Visitors are offered a unique chance to learn and experience the cultural, architectural, recreational and natural heritage of the SaInt Egidio estate, which will enchant everyone with its spectacular landscape and priceless historical value.
The main objectives of the Woods:
– enhance the naturalistic, recreational and cultural strenghts of Saint Egidio’s estate to promote them to the local people and tourists;
behave respectfully towards the environment;
– create a valid educational reference for all grades of school.
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