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Visitors Centre Study Tour

13 November @ 8:00 - 15 November @ 17:00

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In and around visitor centres and entrances to nature in Holland and Flanders, we will discuss several issues of receiving visitors and keeping a balance between nature and recreation. This will be a lively exchange of ideas and practical experiences that bring together experts in nature and recreation from all over Europe.

Natuurmonumenten and Natuurpunt will present their inspiring and distinctive policies on the role of visitor centres in hosting visitors. Through ‘brainstorm walks’ around the centres, we will discuss various topics concerning visitor management, spatial distribution, facilities, and interactions with user groups.

Accommodation is not included in the ticket price. We will stay in a “Natuurvriendenhuis” (Nature-friendly house) in the middle of nature, with a communal area for shared meals. It is also an option to bring your camping gear or camper and stay at the campgrounds for a lower price.

Programme :

Day 1

07:30 – 08:45 Breakfast

9:30 Welcome visitor centre Natuurmonumenten Oisterwijk.

  • A welcome by the regional manager Carolien Lok + communication ranger, manager visitor centre.
  • Introduction program excursion; goal. Etc.
  • Presentation policy visitor management and – centres Natuurmonumenten
  • Attention is given to interpretation as the basis for the design of visitor centres and other facilities
  • Field excursion (walk) to different facilities near the centre, hosting different groups of visitors.

12:00-13:00 lunch

13:00 Commuting to NP Loonse and Drunense Duinen for a site visit/ field excursion in the field with discussions about several issues concerning recreational (ab)use’

17:00 On the road: Bus to accommodation

18:30 Dinner

Ranger-guided evening excursion (TBC)

Day 2

07:30 – 9:00 Breakfast

9:00 Commute to BC Grote Netewout

10:30 – 12:00 Welcome by director or board member Natuurbeheer Natuurpunt

  • Short introduction policy of the visitor centre
  • Presentation/excursion/brainstorming on visitor centre management from Natuurpunt’s point of view.
  • Walk along the kid’s trail; experience facilities (1.5 km length)

12:00 – 13:00 hours lunch

13:00 – 14:00 TBC

16:00 Closing Visitor Centre Study Tour

17:00 Return accomodation

18:30 Eurococktail (everybody should bring their local products (beer, wine, juice, sausages, etc.) 



Day 3

07:30 – 08:30 Breakfast 

 10:00 Wrap-up session:  

12:00 Departure with lunch bag

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13 November @ 8:00
15 November @ 17:00
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