Assuring the access to nature education and nature experience for impaired people
our project "nature without barriers" has already achieved a lot: our website offers a wide range of information, great networks have been established, the developed materials are actively tested in nature. There are also the first "tangible" results: the guide "Nature Experience and Nature Education for People with Disabilities" is ready for download here. The barrier-free version is under development.
Even though there have been very few excursions for people with disabilities in recent months, the work for more barrier-free access to nature continues. Hans-Peter Matt, an experienced expert and consultant on this topic, speaks in an interview about how accessibility becomes attractive for everyone and why a barrier-free environment is important for everyone.
Our project work never stopped during the lockdown - at this point, a special thanks to the international project team and all our supporters! We receive many requests from different countries, and this confirms our efforts to make nature experiences more accessible. We are working on further brochures and are continuously filling our knowledge pool with valuable links about accessibility in four European languages - keep visiting our website www.nature-without-barriers.eu. We are very happy about your feedback on our project!
We hope you enjoy reading! The project team "Nature without Barriers”
Guideline “Nature Experience and Nature Education for People with Disabilities”
What are the principles of barrier-free communication? How you can plan and prepare nature tours for people with disabilities? What distinguishes different groups of visitors, how do you meet their requirements and expectations? The first part of our guideline answers these and many other questions. It is dedicated to the guided nature experience for people with disabilities and contains the most important information about the topic as well as some best practice examples from different project countries. The included checklists help with the preparation.
The second part of the guideline is called “Experience nature with all senses”. It offers ideas for the methodological implementation of nature tours and workshops in and with nature. Here, you will find proposals for the conscious use of the different senses. Programme ideas for workshops on four important topics, namely biodiversity, lake ecosystem, trees and forests, or bird watching, offer first approaches for their preparation.
The guide can be downloaded online here free of charge. The barrier-free version is under development and will soon be available under the same link. For further use, the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution CC BY-SA 4.0 International License apply (more information here).
Enjoy planning and trying it out!
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We got to know Hans-Peter Matt in a seminar in the Black Forest region in Germany. He has been in a wheelchair since an accident thirty years ago - and knows, what he is talking about, when it comes to accessibility. As a visionary and cross-thinker, he works with his consulting office on design of solutions that are not only inclusive, but also economically and esthetically appealing. Matt's motto: “Accessibility is attractive for everyone!”
Here, a tip from Hans-Peter: a virtual tour of the barrier-free tree top walk in Bad Wildbad - to the Youtube-video.
29.09.2020 - Third Regional Conference of the Initiative Social Space Inclusive (ISI) in Rostock, Germany
In September we were finally allowed to present our project in a live event and discussed together with other participants about barrier-free travel in the context of the forum "Think Tank: Where does the journey go? A reality check". More about the conference and its review under: Third Regional Conference ISI (in German only).
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