At the beginning of this year, we were very excited to receive the eagerly awaited letter from the Ministry of Science and Education giving their approval to the educational programme “The Vultures of Cres”. During the previous year, the Institution’s staff worked hard to design “The Vultures of Cres”, an educational workshop for youngsters, aimed at enriching the offering of educational programmes at the Beli Visitor Centre. The goal was to help elementary school children learn more about the strictly protected yet threatened Griffon vulture.
The educational programme was submitted to the Ministry of Science and Education for verification to ensure that its content is in line with professional guidelines and to make this “extra-curriculum activity” readily accessible to school principals and education professionals, as the programme’s content must be connected with the annual syllabus and the objectives and activities of the school curriculum.
The educational programme “The Vultures of Cres” at the Beli Visitor Centre and Rescue Centre for Griffon Vultures is made up of four workshops, designed to teach children about the Griffon vulture in an interactive and fun way. The workshops focus on the vulture’s interesting way of life and explain why it is threatened and why its protection and conservation are essential. The workshops all have the same title and content but, depending on the children’s age, differ in the way they are carried out and the methods used. The workshops target elementary school children (for the first three cycles of learning) from grades 1 to 8 and are designed for groups of 10 to 20 participants. Participation in the workshops can be arranged with the Centre’s staff. You can find more information about the Centre and its educational programmes at http://belivisitorcentre.eu/ .
We look forward to welcoming to the Beli Centre school children from all parts of Croatia.
In designing and implementing the workshops, we also consulted the greatest experts of all – the school children – whom we would like to thank for their valuable suggestions. After all, the future of nature protection is in their hands, and it is up to us to pass on to them the knowledge they will need.