School project weeks

Kids are being offered the chance to get some hands on experience about how some of Austria’s home grown specialities are created on a variety of courses offered to schools by HerzBergLand tourism.

Tourism general manager Markus Leitner said there were 3 and 5 day courses on offer at a variety of locations ranging from time spent watching the activities on an organic farm through to pottery making in a potters. Or beekeepers show kids how to make bees wax candles with the midday snack of honey sandwiches.

A visit to the region is included to show the agricultural development of the region and also allows the making of butter and baking of bread to be joined in by the children.

He said: “The aim is to school weeks project is to bring kids closer to their homeland and the many types of experiences it offers.

“The courses are on offer from now on targeting kids aged between 8 and 12, experiencing nature first hand strengthens character building and general competence.

“Nature can teach and offer experiences not available in the classroom and the trainers hope to use this to improve communication and problem solving skills, as well as creativity and interest in learning.”

Mr Leitner added that the recommended time for the courses which are already available now was at the end of the school year in May and June, or at the start of the school year in September and October.