“Estonia’s nature is deep in our hearts and in honour of our centenary year, we are focusing on this beauty and biodiversity”, Maarja-Liisa Soe, Estonia 100 program director at the Government Office said. “During the Estonia 100 Grand Celebration Week, more than 50 events await friends of nature, including bat viewing excursions, nature hikes and visits to weather stations,” Soe added.
“We are extremely pleased that special attention is being paid to preserving and placing value on nature as part of the 100th anniversary celebrations of the Republic of Estonia. Our country’s wonderful natural environment is itself a gift for all of us, but the fact that the beauty of our nature is being celebrated with a special day and events, is truly a beautiful gift for our republic’s centenary,” Hanno Zingel, counsellor at the Ministry of the Environment said, recognising all the agencies and organisations planning fun events for August 18.
On Estonian Nature Day, nature centres, museums, societies and associations invite you to get acquianted with close to 50 opportunities to learn more about Estonia’s nature, as well as to appreciate and preserve it. On that day, tens of hikes, led by the best guides will be held, as well as workshops and nature observation events. There will be morning family events at the Estonian Nature Museum, the Tallinn-Harku aerology station will open its doors, along with the Tartu-Tõravere meteorological station. The list of events continues to grow.
Please visit the Estonian Nature Day program here.
Estonian Nature Day begins with a hike in Järvamaa
The hike begins at 10 a.m. from Järva-Madise church and continues to Vargamäe through the Kodru bog. It gives the hikers a great overview of the varied nature of the region. The Looduse Omibuss bus takes people to Järva-Madise from Tallinn, Tartu and Pärnu at 8.30 a.m.
The festive opening of Estonian Nature Day is at noon at the museum of A.H. Tammsaare in Vargamäe. It is situated in Järva county, Vetepere village.
At 2.30 p.m., Looduse Omnibuss hikes take place. See more here (in Estonian).
Estonian Nature Day celebrations are being coordinated by the Estonian Government Office’s Estonia 100 organising team in association with the Ministry of the Environment. Estonian Nature Day events are being organised by the Estonian Nature Conservation Society, the Environmental Board, the Estonian Nature Museum, the State Forest Management Centre, the Estonian Nature Fund, the Nature Omnibus and many others.
In the year of the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia, Estonian Reindependence Day is being celebrated with a Grand Celebration Week on 17-25 August, which will bring together Estonians and their friends to big public events. Visit www.ev100.ee to find out more about Estonia 100’s Grand Celebration Week.