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Partnerships with Schools and Childcare Centres

Firsthand experience with nature is important for the physical and mental development of children and youth. Environmental education that teaches about sustainable societies and guides how to interact with nature is valuable for the growth of all ages. We provide a system that enhances firsthand nature experiences and effectively facilitates environmental education. The system promotes "schoolyard and childcare center yard biotope" development at educational institutions ranging from preschools to colleges. Students create and take care of those animal habitats by themselves.


National Schoolyard and Childcare Centre Yard Biotope Contest

A schoolyard and childcare centre yard biotope is a habitat made at these institutions by using the local natural environment where native wildlife lives. With the objective to promote education and childcare using biotopes by introduction of successful examples, we host the National Schoolyard and Childcare Centre Yard Biotope Contest once every two years. Since 1990 more than 700 projects from preschools to colleges have been entered into the contest.

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