On the Natura 2000 day, the 21st of May, the Vindel River LIFE Project visited two preschool classes, one in Umeå and one in Lycksele. The children did, in fun and creative ways learn about Natura 2000 and about the Vindel River and its organisms: We had interesting discussions with the 5-yearolds about what things in our daily life that are made of wood, where the wood comes from, how it today is transported from the forests to the sawmill, and that the streams and rivers were used as a mean for timer transportation before we had roads and trucks. They all got to speculate on how the cleared canals could have affected fish, such as bullhead and brown trout, and we talked about the fact that we no longer need to use the waterways for timber transportation and that we therefore try to restore them so that insects and fish will have a chance to come back to their ancestors homes. They also learned that grownups have decided that, in certain areas of Europe, we need to take extra care of the environment so that they and their children can visit and enjoy these places also later in the future, that these areas are called Natura 2000, and that the Vindel River is such an area. All Children (from 1.5 to 5 years old) also got to color fish typical of the Vindel River, and butterflies. This work was done in smaller grops so we at the same time had the chance to continue our interesting discussions about trees, rivers, trucks, and fish. It was a great day and both children and grownups learned a lot from each other 

Further Information
Admission By invitation only
Start May 21, 2015
End May 21, 2015

Country Sweden
City Umeå, Umeå Kommun, Västerbotten, Sweden

Contact details
Organised by Vindel River LIFE
Contact person Johanna Gardeström
E-mail johanna.gardestrom@umu.se
Telephone +4690-786 65 61
Webpage http://vindelriverlife.se/