Lelystad Nature Park

Tempting visitors to go for a walk

Commissioned by Het Flevo-landschap, DST rearranged the visitor centre and the central area of Lelystad Nature Park. Main aim of the new arrangement was to encourage visitors to go for a walk. And to go and discover just a little bit more than on an earlier visit.

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“Play here like an animal”.

Discovering that each season is unique

In the past, the vast majority of visitors in Lelystad Nature Park only got to watch the otters. Or they made a short walk around the central pond. In the visitor centre, people discovered that much more is going on in the park. A video shows there are more animal species than they may have thought. In the Landscape Game, all animals and plants appear to be linked to one another. On the big map with stories, visitors learn that every season is different and unique.

Experiencing nature

Today, visitors also discover animals such as wisents, Przewalski’s horses and red deer at the far end of the park. In deciding the length of their walk, they can follow the signs in the park showing the estimated time to their destination. On the outer wall of the visitor centre they can print out a personalised route map for free. Yet there will always be visitors who really prefer to stay close to the visitor centre. They can enjoy the tranquillity of the Water Garden. Children can enjoy the Nature Playground: “Play like an animal”. And that means mimicking the nosedive of a hawk, building a nest from tree branches, or crawling through a foxhole. In other words: experiencing nature.

 

 

GasTerra

For GasTerra DST developed a series of educational programs for secondary schools (havo/vwo), in cooperation with CE Delft. The series Energie voor nu en later (Energy for now and the future) makes energy transition relevant and tangible to students, and fits seamlessly into the finals program of secondary education. Using Energie voor nu en later GasTerra wants to stimulate awareness in young people of changes we are facing in our energy management over the coming years.

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Mobile classroom

The program DST developed builds on a previous project that involved a mobile classroom run by GasTerra and the University of Groningen, which travelled to schools for lessons on energy management dilemmas. Energie voor nu en later stretched the exposure to the subject in the classroom, as it is both useable as a sequel to a mobile classroom visit and as a stand-alone program.

Cross medial approach

The teaching materials incorporated in the program are meant for three separate areas of expertise: economy, Dutch/sociocultural studies and Nature, Life & Technology (NLT). Teachers can introduce their lesson with an inspiring film clip and test their students’ basic knowledge with a quiz. After that it is their students’ turn. There are tests to run and measure results, subjects to debate, information to process and weigh, opinions to be formed and results to be presented.

The flexible composition of the program represents the cross medial approach to problem solving also applied in practice by GasTerra when working on our future energy management. Energie voor nu en later was sent to teachers for free by request and was supported by press coverage and educational trade fairs.