Siggen Seminars – Training for Members

Siggen Seminar Estate © EUROPARC Federation

Bringing together Protected Area professionals to learn together, share experience and knowledge in differing aspects of Protected Area management and innovate new ideas is at the heart of the EUROPARC Federation’s work.

With the enlightened generosity of the Alfred Toepfer Stiftung F.V.S. we have access, annually to their private seminar centre at Gut Siggen in North Germany, hugging the Baltic Sea coast.

Alfred Toepfer Stiftung’s founder was also one of the Federation’s founders and played an important role in its growth and development. They provide this facility to EUROPARC exclusively in order that those working in Protected Areas have an opportunity to gain new skills and knowledge and to enable EUROPARC to use the time wisely to take forward its own development.

The opportunity to exchange knowledge, share experience, and establish professional contacts are most beneficial for working in the international context of conservation. The knowledge that participants gain in Siggen feeds back into their work in the different regions of Europe and fosters their sense of connectedness and togetherness in the EUROPARC Federation.

Siggen Seminar 2019

  • Youth involvement in Protected Areas
  • 18th – 21st March, Gut Siggen, Germany

Youth+ Jumpers just hanging around – a rare moment. Photo by Laura Peters

This year, continuing on from the launch of the Youth Manifesto, EUROPARC is organising the two-day seminar for members, specifically focused on working with youth. If you are looking for ideas and solutions to better engage young people within your park, and you have case studies and good practices you would like to share with other managers from across Europe this is the perfect opportunity for you!

Young people are the future of Protected Areas in Europe, but trying to get young people interested in the environment can be difficult as it involves changing perceptions and attitudes – something that requires a lot of time and effort.

The seminar will include practical activities and opportunities for exchanging knowledge

You will have a chance to see case studies from across Europe. Here are some of the topics we will be considering:

  • What are the needs and expectations of youth living within protected areas across Europe?
  • What challenges protected areas are currently facing when engaging young people?
  • Which opportunities and solutions PA’s can offer to youth?
  • We will introduce and work on the new Youth + programme which can be a model for working with 18-25 year olds in your park.
  • We will look at the Youth Manifesto, considering how to encourage more PAs to implement it into their work.

EUROPARC Youth Manifesto – Workshop II in Kalajoki, Finland June 2018 (©Rita Kovács)

We will also share different perspectives, taking a look at other youth programmes, and helping you build a programme in your area. Among others, you will see:

  • An educational program for sustainability: Cairngorms National Park (UK)
  • The national Junior Ranger program in Estonia
  • The Youth Advisory Board in Prealpi Giulie Natural Park (IT)
  • A new vision for the engagement of young people in a periurban park (E)

You are welcome to bring your own ideas for a collective “surgery” where we can examine problems and challenges you may have and suggest solutions together.

The seminar is FREE for members of the EUROPARC Federation (meals and accommodation included). Participants will therefore ONLY cover their own travel to and from the event. 

Registrations are now closed!

How to get to the Siggen Seminar Center? 

The Siggen Seminar Center belongs to the Alfred Toepfer Foundation and lies on the north-eastern coast of Germany in the county of Holstein. It is a 20 minute taxi ride from the nearest train station, Oldenburg (Holst), and a five-minute bike-ride to the nearest beach.

Please contact EUROPARC  with any questions you might have and download the pdf Directions to Siggen to learn how you can easily reach it by plane, train or car.