GNF - get grEEN / EU-Lifelong Learning Programme Grundtvig

get grEEN – Environmental Education Network



Mobility creates opportunities. Europe without borders enables increased mobility. Europe without borders also means sharing environmental problems and sharing solutions for environmental problems. Working with people of other countries that have a different background can create huge opportunities when it comes to find ways to protect the environment and the nature and create sustainable development.


In August 2010 GNF, the Polish environmental NGO Stowarzyszenie Ekologiczne "Etna" and the municipality of the Spanish town Villacanas started the project get grEEN. The aim of the project is to enable the exchange of experiences of adults that work in the field of environmental education, to build partnerships, learn best practices and create synergies for the development of new initiatives. Funding is provided by the EU-Lifelong Learning Programme Grundtvig.


Project Implementation

Within two years, employees or associate partners of the participating institutions will attend six meetings that look at environmental education in various forms. Main goal of the environmental education network is to empower and create environmental education structures that in the same time enable an added value for the local population and the region. Each partner will host two meetings. Each meeting will have a special thematic focus and comprise case study visits, presentations from other participants and continuous work on a final common action plan.


The environmental education network will bring together various stakeholders involved in environmental education from the three countries. This variety helps to learn about differences and similarities of environmental problems. Also, the participants will learn best practices from the other regions and will exchange their knowledge, experience and ideas. The detailed environmental education topics covered by the partnership are:field education - infrastructure, interpretation trails, open air museums; publications and media; innovative approach to education - arts, IT technologies; mobilizing adults -volunteering for nature, educational programmes and events, involving parents via kids; working with groups sensitive for exclusion, providing access to nature reserves for handicapped people; specific target groups - farmers, planners, road managers, tourists, consumers.



The partnership will bring forward the development and implementation of common environmental education activities and will spread the message to others interested in the topic via internet and direct contacts. All involved partners are deeply involved in the local networks in their countries linking NGOs, local authorities and businesses.


Specific objectives are

  • to exchange experience across Europe in the field of environmental education for general public
  • to prepare a common work programme for the partnership
  • to implement chosen environmental education activities in at least bi-lateral cooperation between countries participating in the partnership
  • to share the experience inside partner’s countries


Result of the partnership will be a common action plan and the implementation of at least two concrete projects that are developed during the meetings.

Project Meetings

In total, six project meetings are planned within the frame oft he project.


The first project meeting took place from 6 to 8 December 2010 in Poland. It focused on "Regional Branding as a Tool for Environmental Education“.


From 4 to 6 April 2011, the second project meeting took place in Villacañas, Spain, with the topic “Infrastructures for Environmental Education”.


The third meeting took place in Germany at the Chiemsee. From 7 to 10 June 2011, the topic was "Tourists as a Target Group for Environmental Education".


From 18 to 22 September 2011, the 4th project meeting took place in Villacañas, Spain. The topic was "Environmental Education on Energy".


The 5th project meeting took place in Dolina Baryczy (Poland) from 30 September to 5 October 2011. The topic was “Public Events and Volunteering”.


From 9 to 11 February 2012, the 6th project meeting took place in Radolfzell at Lake Constance (Germany). The topic was “Environmental Education for Nature Conservation”.


The 7th and last meeting took place in Valencia (Spain) in June 2012. The topic was "Environmental Education on Organic Farming, Ecotourism and Volunteering".


Further information and details about the meetings are available on the separate pages.

 Boats at the Chiemsee in Germany
 Domestic products in Poland
 Bird watching in Spain
 Environmental education in Germany
 Marketing of domstic products in Poland
 Natural experiments at the Chiemsee
 Traditional wind power plants

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get grEEN – Environmental Education Network; Practical learning for adults at the Living Lakes


August 2010 – August 2012


Germany, Poland, Spain


Stowarzyszenie Ekologiczne "Etna" and the Spanish town Villacanas


EU-Lifelong Learning Programme Grundtvig


About Lifelong Learning Programme

This project is funded with support from the European Commission.

Since the year 2000, the EU Grundtvig programme has offered a framework and financial support for European cooperation in the field of Lifelong Learning and Adult Education. The overall objective is to strengthen the quality, relevance and European perspective of adult education and learning practices through European cooperation and exchanges.


The Grundtvig programme focuses on the teaching and study needs of learners taking adult education and ‘alternative’ education courses, as well as the organisations delivering these services. It aims to help develop the adult education sector, as well as enable more people to undertake learning experiences, notably in other European countries.


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