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 2018

photo: German-Dutch Maas-Schwalm-Nette Nature Park

  • 18th – 21st March, Gut Siggen, Germany
  • Sharing experiences from across Europe to explore the role of protected areas in interpreting heritage for cultural identity as well as share best practise in interpretation.

EUROPARC is pleased to join forces with Interpret Europe the network of professional interpreters to focus on this important topic for the Siggen seminar, which will contribute to the European Year of Cultural Heritage.

About the Siggen Seminar 2018

Interpretation of natural and cultural landscapes is something inherent in most protected areas of Europe.  Whether this be in the form of panels, exhibition in visitor centres or art installation.  Helping visitors understand their cultural heritage and connect to nature is fundamental to European parks

Cultural Identity is rooted in the connection to the land. It is reflected in architecture, crafts, literature, and art and of course the food we eat.  Cultural identity, however, is not always as fixed as it may seem.  Interpretation can be a powerful tool to help communities appreciate their history, even if fractured by major forces such as war, translocation, politics, modern travel and connectivity.  We will discuss and explore how protected areas can use interpretation sensitively to help understand,  appreciate how our cultural identities form, their connection to nature and landscape and indeed how they change.

2018 also will be the European Year of Cultural Heritage. Following the motto: “Our heritage: where the past meets the future”, the aim of the Year is to encourage more people to discover and explore Europe’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and to reinforce a sense of belonging to a common European space. The Year will pursue an integrated approach to heritage, and put people at the centre.

Download the draft Programme and travel information


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

Registration closes on March 2nd (or when places are filled). Places are limited so please book early!

Download the Registration form and send it back to us before the 2nd March.