Day 2. Opening and visits

September 11, 2013. Conference Opening and site visits in Copenhagen
Venue: Faellessalen, Christiansborg Palace, Rigsdagsgården

08:00. Registration and coffee/tea

09:00. Welcome to the conference

  • Helle Nebelong, President of Danish Playground Association and member of the Nature Action Collaborative for Children Leadership Team

09:15. Welcome to Copenhagen and Denmark

  • Mrs. Christine Antorini, Minister for Children and Education

9.30. Welcome to Sweden and Malmö

  • Lari Pitkä-Kangas, Deputy Mayor, Urban Ecology (Green Party) City of Malmö

09:40. Keynote: Tim Gill, writer, researcher, and consultant, UK.
Title: Children and nature: why they need each other, and how we can bring them together

10:20. Break/Coffee, tea and refreshments

10:45. Nature offers great experiences

  • Mrs. Ida Auken, Minister for the Environment

11:00. Theresa Schilhab, associate professor, Aarhus University.
Title: Grounding Nature-Based Learning

11:30. Märit Jansson, Senior Lecturer, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SLU in Alnarp, Sweden.
Title: School ground greening and benefits for children – recent research findings from Malmö

12:00 Short presentations referring to the afternoon’s site visits:

  • Inger Lerstrup, PhD-student, Center of Forest and Landscape, University of Copenhagen: Forest kindergartens.
  • Gorm Friborg, MPA: Copenhagen School Gardens
  • Klaus Nedergaard, Manager, Regnbuen: Adventure Playground
  • Frank Olesen, educational leader and Nature Interpreter, Office for Sustainable Development, The Children and Youth Administration, City of Copenhagen: Education for Sustainable Development

12:30. Departure Christiansborg.

12:30 – 16:00. Four parallel site visits and short presentations.

  • Busses taking the delegates to parallel sight visits 1, 2 and 4.
  • Visit 3 is in a walking distance.
  • Lunch packets will be handed out.

1. Danish playground inventions 1943 – 2013

First stop: Rødovre Adventure Playground opened in 1964 in a Copenhagen suburb. There will be a short historic presentation on Adventure Playgrounds and opportunities to open up your senses and experience the atmosphere and the animals at the playground among children aged 7 – 18. Watch the video.

Next stop: the Nature Playground in Valbyparken
Short historic presentation on Copenhagen’s staffed play facilities. Further reading. The idea behind the nature playground – a guided walk together with Helle Nebelong, the designer of the Nature Playground

2. School Gardens and Forest Preschools


We will have a walk in a nature area housing school gardens for children. School gardens have a long tradition in Denmark, but were dwindling in the 60’es due to the priority of formal education. Now the interest has been renewed; 10% of all school children in Copenhagen get the opportunity to have a small lot to take care of during a season and the number is increasing every year. Recently children in day care have been involved too, tending flowers and vegetables in pitchers.

Forest preschools and other outdoor preschools using nature areas have a long tradition in the Nordic countries. In these preschools children and staff stay in or visit nature areas on a daily basis. Many green preschools were initiated 20-30 years ago by parents, preschool teachers and/or municipalities. Ideas and practices will be illuminated through video recordings and there will be rich opportunities to ask questions about practices and experiences, impact, risk etc.

3. The Environmental School at the Sound and Kløvermarken Nature Base

The Environmental School at the Sound is a place where Copenhagen’s children can experience the harbour and marine environment surrounding the city. The old gunpowder depot at Carl’s Bastion contains the Environmental School’s fish theater, aquariums, and equipment for marine research. Using these facilities and the surrounding harbour and marine environment as a starting point children of all ages can investigate and be absorbed into the environment and nature of the Sound through activities, movement and experiments. They also learn about the Sound’s culture-historical significance and how the location has influenced Copenhagen’s development as Denmark’s capital city.

Kløvermarken Nature Base is a very special place with its ecological show house and 7000 square meters which frames the visits of Copenhagen’s youngest citizens. Here children play, learn, and explore the unique and adventurous nature area between the open field of Kløvermarken and the outer banks of Christianshavn. The Nature Base is an oasis of scents, colours, and tastes as well as a green place of refuge away from the pulse of the city. The pedagogical activities offered at the Nature Base are primarily targeted at Copenhagen’s day care centers and introductory school classes (0-3 grade). The opportunities for learning and experiencing are steadily developing especially within energy, nature, and natural phenomena. Here city children can lay the foundation of a basic understanding of nature’s diversity. Besides the primary target group also the citizens of Copenhagen, children as well as adults, can visit the Nature Base during weekends and explore one of Copenhagen’s inspiring, green lungs. On a yearly basis the Nature Base is visited by 8-10.000 children and adults.

4. The Energy- and Water Science Center


The Energy- & Water Science Centre is an innovative experimental school with a focus on the technical infrastructure, environment and supply. The purpose of the centre is to give the students an understanding of energy and water as vital resources worth caring for through practical hands on education.

The outdoor section teaches students about the power of water. The section consists of a waterfall, a stream and a lake and gives the students the opportunity to experience the power of water hands-on, and get an understanding of the fabulous life under the surface of water.

The Energy- and Water Science Center of Copenhagen is run in close co-operation between Greater Copenhagen Utility (HOFOR) and The Environmental School Service of the Municipality of Copenhagen.

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18:00 – 22:30. Bonfire and buffet at The Nature Centre Amager and land art playground Himmelhoj.

  • Nature Interpreter Jes Aagaard tells about The Danish Nature Interpreter service.
  • Storytelling – bring your own 5 minutes nature experience story and share!
  • Please remember to wear clothes that are suited for the occasion and the weather
  • Please remember to bring cash for beverages