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Week of European Geoparks 2018

The Slovak Environment Agency was again involved in the European Geoparks Week in Slovakia (25 May – 10 June 2018). The Slovak Environment Agency during two days (30 – 31 May 2018) tested in an interesting way knowledge and skills of pupils of primary schools from the Novohrad Region in competition-education activities with the subject ”Discover the Novohrad-Nograd Geopark“, focused on getting to know important localities of the geopark, its fauna and flora.

Photogallery from Novohrad-Nógrád geopark:

The Slovak Environment Agency also organized information and promotion events in the Banská Štiavnica Geopark (5 June 2018) and the Banská Bystrica Geopark (11 June 2018) for pupils of primary schools with the subject ”We live in the geopark territory“, presented in the form of interesting presentations, animations or excursions, e.g. going down the so-called. ”Partisan tunnel“. During the aforementioned events, the Slovak Environment Agency also ensured an erudite geologist who presented to pupils and enable them practical panning for gold, getting to know minerals under microscope and showed short films to them on the subject Planet on which we are living.

Photogallery from Banska Stiavnica geopark:


Photogallery from Banska Bystrica geopark:

The Slovak Environment Agency in cooperation with the University of Matej Bel also organized during two weeks (from 28 May to 8 June 2018) in the premises of the Faculty of Natural Sciences the exhibitionGeoparks of the SR – protection of inanimate nature and tourism support“ that was focused not only on presentation and promotion of the operated geoparks with the awarded title Geopark of the SR (the Novohrad-Nograd Geopark, Banská Štiavnica Geopark, Banská Bystrica Geopark), but also on the territories with the potential to become a geopark of the SR, such as ”Sandberg-Pajstun Geopark“, ”Little Carpathian Mountains Geopark“ and ”Zemplín Geopark“.

Photogallery from the exhibition:



Week of European Geoparks in Novohrad-Nógrád geopark 2017

During the 30th and 31st of May 2017, pupils I and II elementary schools competition and educational event “Objavuj Novohrad-Nógrád geopark”, which was actively involved in the Slovak Environmental Agency. On the first day, the event took place in the Fylakov Municipal Park, where younger pupils (13 triple cohorts) recognized geopark locations and measured their knowledge and skills through competitive tasks at five locations. Representatives of the Slovak Environmental Agency have examined in an interesting way the pupils’ senses in three of them, focusing on touch, smell and sight. With the help of the touch, they should correctly identify the nature (eg berries, tree bark, empty shells of snails, etc.) found in the built-in pocket (sachets), using the smell to find out what was in the so- (eg lavender, mint, needle, …), with the help of sight to find and name the species of animals found in the shelter, image (eg garden snail, green grasshopper, horn meadow, …) all in designated time interval. The second day the event took place in the village of Hajnáčka, where the seniors of the older pupils (11 three-member teams) measured the Hajnáč Castle Castle and its surroundings in the same competition, but with a shorter time interval and extended to determine the types of rocks and minerals. Within the framework of both events, pupils were able to listen to the interesting geologist’s geological background, to see the 3D model of a functional volcano or a short film about the origin and development of Štiavnické stratovulkan. After completing the competition, it was obvious that they were evaluated and then rewarded the best three teams, both I. and II pupils. elementary school.