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Programme and registration
Please note that only teachers of the Luxembourg City municipal primary schools can register children for the activités-nature programme.
Please download the registration form for your school cycle and fill it in (preferably in digital format), then send it by email to the address listed in the form.
Explore the farm and get to know its animals
As most of the activities are held outdoors, the children get to experience nature first-hand, whilst developing their sense of responsibility and learning about sustainability.
Freddy the pig and his friends, the rabbits, hens, donkeys, sheep and goats, are excited to have the children of Luxembourg City visit them.
The children get to meet the animals close up, feed them and take care of them. Older children will also have the opportunity to make healthy foods using milk and grains, such as muesli, bread rolls, butter and fresh cheese, and get an insight into the kind of work that is done on a farm.
Children in Cycle 4 visit a nearby production farm and get to ask the farmer questions.
Learn about bees
Using the educational beehive in Kockelscheuer, the "Activités-nature" programme offers fun activities centred around the fascinating world of bees for school groups from Luxembourg City.
Depending on the season, the children get to work with the beeswax, extract honey or build wild bee hotels.
The activities vary based on the children's age and interests:
- the children can either visit once to learn about why bees are important and how the hive operates,
- or they can visit three times to learn about the life of the bees and what the beekeeper does throughout the year.
Learn about nature and the forest
In the forest, children can stretch their legs while playing, developing their senses, learning about the plants and animals, and letting their creativity run wild. Various activities teach them to recognise the trees and animals found in the forest, and a variety of hands-on experiments help them uncover nature's secrets.
As part of a roster of special projects, children in Cycles 1 and 2 go into the forest on four occasions to experience the changing of the seasons.
The natural pond, meadows, hedges and the orchard in Bettembourg offer opportunities to explore other natural environments.
Cook with food from the vegetable garden and orchard
There are two vegetable gardens at the nature centre: a home garden maintained by the gardeners from the "Activités-nature" programme and a school garden maintained by pupils from Luxembourg City.
From sowing the seeds to the finished meal, the children experience first-hand the various stages of growing fruits and vegetables in the spring and summer: working the soil, sowing, planting, watering, weeding, harvesting. In autumn, they get to cook and eat a healthy meal made from "their own" fruits, vegetables and potatoes.
At the Bongert "Altenhoven" (near Bettembourg), the children also get to learn about different fruit trees and the orchard with all its inhabitants. Here, the children get to do things like make apple juice from the apples they pick.
Raise environmental awareness
In keeping with our commitment to education for sustainable development, the nature centre also organises activities that address the environmental challenges facing our Earth.
As they learn about and experience different technical aspects (energy, drinking water, waste and resource management), the children are encouraged to think about our lifestyle and its impacts on our planet.
Finally, as the actors and decision makers of tomorrow, they are encouraged to think about creative solutions to environmental problems.
Create natural artwork
The forest, farm and garden abound in natural materials such as wood, wax and wool.
The nature centre offers several workshops where the children can create their own pieces of art from natural materials. In these workshops they can:
- carve wood,
- produce dyes using natural substances,
- spin, weave and felt raw wool,
- and make candles from beeswax.