Environmental Education at Environmental
Environmental Centre of Evrotas
The Environmental Centre of Evrotas has been
operating since 2000 in the old primary school of Agioi Taxiarhes,
offered by the Municipality of Skala. The venue and the surrounding
area were rearranged by ARCHELON with the co-operation of
the Hellenic Ornithological Society and the Ministry of Environment
in the context of a LIFE Nature project. Through exhibitions
and presentations, visitors have the opportunity to acquaint
themselves with the natural heritage of Lakonia and learn
about the wetlands, the sand dunes and the marine ecosystems
and the protected natural habitats of Greece.
The exhibition area of the Centre is consisted
of display units with ten topics, a three-dimensional map
of the proposed "Natura 2000" site and a three-dimensional
wall exhibit with the most important species of the area
and their ecosystems. Guided tours in the exhibition area,
slide shows and outdoor educational activities are organised
throughout the year following arrangement.
Environmental Centre of Agiannakis
The second Environmental Centre was established
by ARCHELON in 2001 in the context of a European LIFE Nature
project that was completed in South Kyparissia Bay. The Railway
Organisation of Greece offered the use of the old railway
station at Agiannakis in Messinia that was renovated and
suitably arranged. The Municipality of Avlona supports the
function of the Centre, which is visited by approximately
2,000 people annually.
The exhibition area offers the visitor the
opportunity to learn about the coastal area, sea turtles
and local economic and cultural activities. The exhibition
includes information on our planet, the sea turtles, the
coast and coastal forest, the lakes and rivers in the area.
The broader area is part of the proposed "Natura 2000" network
and hosts the second major nesting beach of the loggerhead
turtle in the Mediterranean Sea.
Approximately 3,000 students visit the Environmental
Centre of Evrotas and the Environmental Centre of Agiannakis
annually. Organised groups are guided in the exhibition area
where they receive information on the natural heritage of
the areas and learn about the wetlands, the sand dune zone,
the marine ecosystems and all the protected natural habitats
of Greece. Slide shows concerning sea turtles and the local
ecosystems are operated, whereas other activities including
games and drawing are organized for small children. Visits
at the environmental centres last approximately 45 minutes.
visiting arrangements and information on the Environmental
Centres, please contact us at: email@example.com tel:
+30 210-52 31 342.
Environmental Centre of Pagalohori
The Environmental Centre of Pagalohori in Rethymno
was created in summer 2005 in the context of LIFE Nature
project. The old and abandoned school of Pagalohori was given
to the Society by the Municipality of Arkadi, which also
undertook the greatest part of the restoration works.
The Centre also operates as a First Aid Station
for sea turtles. The Environmental Centre has photographic
exhibition and material and has many visitors (students,
pupils, individual visitors), who have the chance to get
information about wetlands, sand dunes, marine ecosystems
and all protected habitats, which are found in many places
The Environmental Centre of Pagalohori
in Rethymno is accommodated in an old school in the village
of Pagalohori, which was given to ARCHELON to use it
for environmental education reasons. Pagalohori village
is in the area of Rethymno, only 13 km east from the
city centre and only 2 km from the new national road
and the nesting beach of Rethymno.
How to get to Pagalohori:
If you drive on the new national road from
Heraklion and head towards Rethymno, you will reach a sign
in Sfakaki that reads 'Rethymno old road', here you will
turn right and this will lead you onto the old road. Once
on the old road you will drive under a bridge. Roughly 300m
after the bridge, the road veers to the right and there is
a sign to 'Pagalohori'. Drive for about 2km up this road
and into Pagalohori, until you reach the Environmental Center,
which will be on the left.
If you drive on the new national road towards
Heraklion, you will reach a sign in Sfakaki that reads 'Heraklion
old road', here you will turn right. Roughly 300m after the
turning you will reach the crossroads for Pagalohori. Here
you turn left and continue along the road into Pagalohori
until reaching the destination.
For visiting arrangements and information
on the Environmental Centre of Pagalohori, please contact
us at: firstname.lastname@example.org tel:
+30 28310 72288, 6972 877961.