Winners weekend in Portugal
The students in Portugal visited the sustainable adventure park Parque Aventura Sniper in Bucelas (Loures Municipality, near Lisbon) and spent an action-packed weekend inside the nature park that is surrounded by endogenous plant species. They had the chance to go up a climbing wall and had to find their way out of a maze inside a cave. Not only adventure was on the agenda during this weekend, but also the opportunity to hear from the CEO of the park who explained the ethical reasons for this project which focuses on environmental protection and conservation of biodiversity. The students learned why this business model was chosen, what environmental sustainability measures were already implemented and which goals have been set for the future of the nature park.
Winners weekend in Slovenia
The winners of the Three4Climate student contest from Slovenia spent the weekend in Notranjska regional park which is characterized by a large number of karst phenomena both on the surface and underground. In the protected area there is a large number of rare and diverse habitats, flora and fauna, as well as geological and cultural heritage. During a walk on the first day students explored Rakov Škocjan Valley which was created due to the ceiling of a karst cave sinking and collapsing. This is proven by the 42-meter Little Natural Bridge and the 37-meter Big Natural Bridge.
On the second day students went cycling around Lake Cerknica, one of the largest intermittent lakes that disappears completely in the dry season. The area of Notranjska regional park is also known for the presence of brown bears. Local guides had prepared games such as finding a “bear” that was waiting at the end of the trail – with covered eyes (see picture). In addition to exploration and fun, students had the opportunity to hear and reflect on the importance of nature protection and preserving its diversity from local experts.