GNF - 5th Project Meeting get grEEN in Poland

Public Events and Volunteering




Topic of the meeting:

Dolina Baryczy (Poland)

30 September - 5 October 2011

Public Events and Volunteering


Project implementation


The visit was hosted by the Polish partner organisation ETNA and comprised two parts, covering two main topics: environmental education through stimulation of volunteering and use of promotional events for the branding of environmentally friendly products as educational tool for the broad public. The participants concentrated also on the final outputs of the project.


Regional branding as a tool for conservation was presented during an earlier visit to Barycz Valley. This particular visit concentrated on the use of the promotional-educational tools being part of the regional branding system, i.e. the Carp Days-festival. The Carp Days are a sequel of events in the Barycz Valley, which aim at the promotion of the region’s products and natural values. The Carp Days expand over more than a month, so the visitors could only attend two events: The Odłowy (Fish Harvest) – open festival on the Aleksander Kowalski’s fish farm, and the Weekend with Birds combining volunteering for birds and guided bird watching walk (see next paragraph). Infrastructure for bird watching, bicycle and nature interpretation trails, educational centres in Krośnice, Milicz and Ruda Milicka, educational publications, products and services recognised with the Barycz Valley Recommends logo have been demonstrated.


The stimulation of volunteers was presented on-site. The workshop participants worked together with volunteers, cutting bushes to shape the bird habitats. Common work and talking to the volunteers and their leaders demonstrated in practice the importance and functioning of certain habitats for rare bird species. A guided tour explained the role of active conservation in survival of some species, and how this can help to explain a concept that is often difficult for the general public. The removal of some vegetation that occurred naturally for a common citizen has negative connotations, and at first glance is never considered to be a conservation measure. However it may help wild animals and plants if done properly and in a right place. Participants worked in one such site and visited site that was improved a year earlier. 



Local producers:

  • Smoked Carp at Ruda Sułowska sport fishing grounds
  • “Parkowa”  (“In the Park”) restaurant
  • CETS (Center for Education, Tourism and Sports) in Krośnice
  • Museum of Earth (minerals) in Krośnice
  • Głowaczówka rural tourism farm (Janina Głowacz)

All these producers are users of the regional branding system of the area, called Barycz Valley Recommends.

  • Nature trails (in Krośnice and Ruda Milicka), bird watching infrastructure (tower in Grabownica, hide in Ruda Milicka), bike rental in Krośnice
  • Gajówka (forestry house) centre for environmental education (restored with involvement of voluntary work)
  • Restored wind mill in Duchowo
  • Office of the Partnership for the Barycz Valley and tourism information point in Milicz



Zofia Pietryka (Poland): Environmental Education of Barycz Valley Foundation and of the Association for Environmental Education in the Barycz Valley. Examples of projects run in the Barycz Valley by both organisations. Importance of participants’ involvement in design and implementation of educational activities.


Bartosz Smyk (Poland): Education for public in bird watching. Attracting public to enjoy nature.


Iwona Grobelna (Poland): Environmental Education Centre in Krośnice. Introduction to the Centre. Iwona gave a wider presentation during the first meeting in Poland in December 2010.


Janusz Talaga (Poland): Earth Gallery in Krośnice – minerals of our planet. Inanimated environmental treasures.


The representatives of the City of Villacañas shared their experiences in working with young people, who after their school education have difficulties with finding their place in the society. They presented their work with the handicapped volunteers, guiding visitor groups and support in personal and professional development using the local radio station.



First draft of the common work plan was presented and discussed. The work on further final products including at least two project proposals was continued. First two applications were chosen on the basis of deadlines. One concerns education about energy and transfer of the experience. The second application will focus on education about nature for handicapped people.



Ayuntamiento de Villacañas, Spain: Angeles Pontes, Rocío Simón Cruza, Isabel Gutiérrez, Monzonís, Maria Ángeles Torres Perea


ETNA, Poland: Roman Guziak, Ewa Zuber, Jerzy Zuber, Piotr Tyszko-Chmielowiec, Zofia Pietryka, Iwona Grobelna, Volunteers and local entrepreneurs


Global Nature Fund, Germany: Silvia Jablonski

 Information Board
 Cutting bushes
 Information Board
 Bird Watching
 Bird Watching