Naturkundliche Exkursionen

Cold giants in hot times

The glaciers of the Hohe Tauern are among the largest fresh water reservoirs in the Alps and supply water for many river systems. The glaciers influence the climate and ever   since the last ice age they have played an important role in forming the landscape. During a longer stay at the national park, an expedition to the glaciers is a must. Various glacier information trails lead right into the fascinating world of ice. Moraines, glacial abrasion and glacier mills give an impression of the tremendous power of the ice masses. From the scenic outposts along the path, you can catch a view of all the summits and learn about the formation of glaciers and glacial movements. As soon as you see the glacier snout and the thunderous glacial stream that emerges from it, the exhausting hike is forgotten. For groups of older pupils, this expedition is also an opportunity to discuss the consequences climate change has on the alpine region.

This programme includes the following topics:

  • getting to know water with all your senses
  • hearing, tasting, feeling water
  • water as a subject in music and literature
  • water and the planet – availability of water
  • global water circulation
  • international comparison of individual water consumption
  • water supply and disposal of industrial water
  • drinking water reserves and the threats to their existence
  • physical phenomena
Hochgebirge und Gletscher
Place: Obersulzbachtal - Neukirchen / Stubachtal - Uttendorf
Target group: from the age of 11
Duration: all day, several-day-long trips are possible as well
Season: mid-June until mid-October
Level: intermediate to difficult
Equipment: hiking boots, warm and weatherproof clothing, cap, gloves, snack and something to drink; if you plan a longer  expedition, please ask for a detailed list
How to get here: own bus transfer necessary
Costs:
full day excursion - € 150,- per school class
plus costs of accommodation and meals at the hut in the case of longer trips
 

You will be accompanied and supported by  national park rangers.
You may also book directly at the office of the national park (Mr. Rieder) +43 (0) 6562 / 40849-32

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Finding tracks in the national park

The focus of this programme is on learning about nature as well as experiments and hands-on activities. A ranger will explain the tracks you can find in nature. After the children have learned how to identify the tracks of different animals, they will go and explore the forest and the meadows. Animal tracks can be found in any season! The ranger helps and accompanies the children during their learning process. This programme can also be booked in combination with another module and be organised as an all-day programme. See programme no. 9 at the Workshop Centre “Nationalparkwerkstatt Klausnerhaus” You can also visit the Hollersbach herbal gardens or the educational path along the stream.

Bergerlebnis
Place: National Park Workshop Centre in Hollersbach
Target group: from the 2nd grade
Duration: 4 hours
Season: all year
Requirements: depending on the destination Level: easy to intermediate
Equipment: sturdy shoes, perhaps rubber boots, weatherproof clothing, snack
How to get here: own bus transfer necessary
Costs: € 100,- p. school class
 

You will be accompanied and supported by national park rangers.
You may also book directly at the office of the national park (Mr. Rieder) +43 (0) 6562 / 40849-32

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On the trails of ibex, bearded vulture ...

Thanks to its central location and size, the Hohe Tauern national park is one of the last retreats for many wild animals in Europe. While the ibex was close to extinction in the 19th century, its existence is nowadays no longer endangered. The bearded vulture, one of the world’s biggest birds capable of flying, once again circles above the Hohe Tauern. With the help of the national park rangers, who know where the different animals like to stay, as well as with a little luck and patience, pupils can observe wild animals in their natural habitat. Powerful binoculars and telescopes allow children to watch the animals without disturbing them.

Steinbock
Place: Habachtal - Bramberg / Großglockner - Fusch
Target group: from the 2nd class
Duration: half-day or all day
Season: all year
Requirements: depending on the destination, Level: easy to intermediate
Equipment: sturdy shoes, perhaps rubber boots, weatherproof clothing
How to get here: own bus transfer necessary
Costs:
half day € 100,- p. school class
all day   € 150,- p. school class
 

You will be accompanied and supported by national park rangers.
You may also book directly at the office of the national park (Mr. Rieder) +43 (0) 6562 / 40849-32

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Rocks and minerals

The alpine landscape of the Hohe Tauern in its present form is the result of geological processes taking millions of years. The rugged peaks, steep cliffs and deep rifts were formed by endogenous powers in the earth and exogenous processes on the surface. On the basis of layered sediments, the national park rangers explain how the Alps were formed and how the Hohe Tauern provide us with an insight into the earth’s history. By using simple tools, the pupils learn how to identify the most frequent types of rocks and to recognise the connection between bizarre landforms and weathering processes.

Steine und Mineralien
Place: Untersulzbachtal - Neukirchen / Habachtal - Bramberg
Target group: from the age of 11
Duration: half-day or all day
Season: June until October
Requirements: depending on the destination Level: easy to intermediate
Equipment: sturdy shoes, perhaps rubber boots, weatherproof clothing, snack and something to drink
How to get here: own bus transfer necessary
Costs:
half day Excursion € 100,-
full day Excursion  € 150,-
plus possible costs for ski lifts and cable cars
 

You will be accompanied and supported by  national park rangers.
You may also book directly at the office of the national park (Mr. Rieder) +43 (0) 6562 / 40849-32

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The fascinating world of alpine plants

Alpine plants survive hard winters and dry summers, very often on inhospitable soil. For millions of years, they have adapted to extreme conditions in their sparse environment. A hike to a mountain pasture raises a lot of questions:

  • Why are the colours of many alpine flowers so bright?
  • Why are edelweiss covered in hair?
  • How can some plants grow on rocks?

The national park rangers will tell you all about the most important types of plants and give an overview of their habitat conditions. There are also a lot of interesting facts about the positive effects and healing powers of some alpine plants. Selected aroma and taste samples round off the botanic experience.

Hochgebirgspflanzen
Place: Wildgerlostal - Krimml / Felbertal - Mittersill
Target group: from the age of 11
Duration: half-day or all day
Season: May to August
Requirements: depending on the destination, Level: easy to intermediate
Equipment: sturdy shoes, perhaps rubber boots, weatherproof clothing, snack and something to drink
How to get here: depends on the destination, accessible via public transport or via your own bus transfer
Costs:
half day Excursion € 100,- p. school class 
full day Excursion  € 150,- p. school class
 

You will be accompanied and supported by national park rangers.
You may also book directly at the office of the national park (Mr. Rieder) +43 (0) 6562 / 40849-32

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Whitewater in the Hohe Tauern

The biggest glaciers in the Eastern Alps, Europe’s highest water falls, powerful mountain torrents and deep gorges, pristine wetlands and tranquil mountain lakes – the power and significance of water is present everywhere in the national park. This is why one of our most important educational objectives is to give the children and young adults an understanding of this vital resource in all its manifestations,  and to make them see that it plays an important role as a diverse habitat and as an unremitting landscape designer. The focus can be varied depending on age and interests. Equipped with dip nets, magnifying glasses, identification keys and microscopes,
pupils can examine life in and around the stream or carry out simple physical and chemical experiments.

Wildwasser
Place: Krimmler Wasserfälle - Krimml / Bachlehrweg - Hollersbach
Target group: from the 2nd grade
Duration: half-day or all day
Season: April until October
Requirements: depending on the destination Level: easy to intermediate
Equipment: sturdy shoes, perhaps rubber boots, weatherproof clothing, snack and something to drink
How to get here: own bus transfer necessary
Costs:
half day excursion - € 100,- p. school class
full day excursion -  € 150,- p. school class
 

You will be accompanied and supported by  national park rangers.
You may also book directly at the office of the national park (Mr. Rieder) +43 (0) 6562 / 40849-32

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