Four "Green Classrooms" dotted along an educational walking path invite pupils and teachers to relocate their biology class to the great outdoors.
At 19 different stations, pupils can discover what happens in deadwood, how light and shade determine life in a primeval woodland, how to identify trees or what the wildcat needs for its survival.
The different stations offer the opportunity to take a closer look at natural phenomena where they actually take place. Here, nature can be experienced with all senses – by seeing, touching, listening, feeling and … marvelling!
The whole route is easy access. It can also be used by every visitor who would like to know more about native habitats and their inhabitants.
The "Schießbahn" (shooting range) – a former training ground for tank manoeuvres – was kept free of any tree vegetation until 1989 and has since been giving way to natural succession, true to the motto "Let nature take care of itself". In addition to the habitat meadow with the numerous interdependencies of its inhabitants, the meadow also invites all visitors to enjoy a moment of peace and quiet and marvel at its beauty and diversity.
When you enter the second classroom, you immediately feel the pleasant coolness in the shade of tall beeches. Here you can find examples for the webs of life and correlations between organisms. You can also get your first experiences as natural scientists by walking along transects and measuring cloud amounts. Slightly downhill, the path passes fallen tree giants and fresh green growth until it reaches the Hünenteich.
Our soil as a habitat and the foundation on which the ecosystem is based, has received increasing attention in recent years. Soil fertility and the dangers for the soil system (e.g. soil compaction and erosion) in particular have been in the public eye. This Green Classroom gives you the opportunity to get to know the habitat soil and the forces at work within it in a practical and exciting way.
Beautifully set in a hollow of the forest you find the Hünenteich, a built-up swallet hole. This small water body is easy to reach and offers everything that characterises the natural community of a pond, for example "drowned" oak trunks and cane brakes. A bridge allows you to explore the open water zone right above the water surface.