Environmental education

Alam-Pedja Nature Centre

Jüriküla, Puurmani Rural Municipality, Jõgeva County

In the Kirna study centre in Jüriküla which belongs to the Jõgeva district of the National Defence League, the people protecting the nature and the state are together under one roof as friends. You can reach the study centre by turning towards Jüriküla in the Puurmani bridge on the Tallinn-Tartu highway, approximately 5 km after crossing the bridge, you arrive at buildings surrounded with a fence. The guard of the centre welcomes the visitors gladly and guides them on.

In the centre, you can see a permanent exhibition introducing the nature reserve, see study videos introducing the nature of the area and play a floor game of the nature reserve. The Nature Centre offer the possibility to participate in nature reserve study programmes and hikes. You can see the offered programmes and the descriptions thereof at keskkonnaharidus.ee.

Visiting the Nature Centre and participating in the study programmes is free of charge. If you wish to visit, please contact: Piret Valge, Specialist of Environmental Education of the Environmental Board, 527 3340, piret.valge@keskkonnaamet.ee

The Alam-Pedja Nature Center is located in the Kirna building of the Defense League. Photo: Piret Valge

Exposition room is waiting for visitors. Photo: Piret Valge


Palupõhja Nature School

Palupõhja, Tartu County

Palupõhja Nature School has been active since 2001. The Nature School is a place where you can develop knowing and sensing the nature in the form of study days, study camps, hikes, joint actions and practical work. The Nature School offers outdoor learning, advanced studies of nature (for example, birds, bugs, plants, nature photography, handicraft) and introduces the need to protect natural values. The Nature School has a room for seminars, accommodation and catering possibilities (in the house up to 20 people) and equipment for carrying out nature study programmes. The base of the Nature School is a renovated farm on the banks of the Suur-Emajõgi River, “the classrooms” are versatile landscapes of Alam-Pedja Nature Reserve. The Nature School belongs to a common ownership of the Estonian Fund for Nature (ELF) and LKÜ Kotkas (Association of Nature Conservation Eagle).

Students of all ages who are independent, responsible, open and willing to study are welcome at the Nature School.

Families (family days, joint activities, workshops, family hikes);

Children (classes, smaller groups, presumes the presence of a supervisor)

The size of the group that can be received depends on the season:

1 day (up to 40 people);

several days (up to 20 people);

Institutions: nature conservation organisation, schools, universities, companies, etc.

Adults (joint activities, hikes, seminars, teacher/supervisor training, etc.)


In order to come to the Nature School, please contact: palupohja@gmail.com or Robert Oetjen, tel (+372) 503 9996