The Nature School at Orøstrand.
We have transformed the 54 acre large farmland into a animal park with horses, sheep, goats and wild animals such as red deer, fallow deer, ostriches, lamas, coatis, ferrets, American squirrels, marmosets, various hen races, tropical birds, crocodiles, snakes and lizards. Of course we also have pets like rabbits, desert rats, and guinea pigs. This animal park, which we call "The Nature School at Orøstrand", is the most important tool in the education of the children.
The children´s school days are built up around the integration of practical and theoretical assignments connected to the animals. Among other things, the children take part in the daily feeding and attending of the animals, and they are trained as guides who can show and tell visitors about the park and the animals in it. In school they produce things for the animals, e.g. feeding troughs, cages, nest boxes and so on, just as they also make things out of the produce we get from the animals – they are creative when it comes to using wool, hides, eggs and antlers.
At the nature school education makes obvious sense, because it springs directly from the reality of the children. Thus, the activity of the child is not something abstract, but instead something quite concrete and tangible, easing the learning process of the child. The knowledge the children gain about the animals at the nature school is the very same knowledge they use as guides for our visitors.
Not only the children of Orøstrand can benefit from the Nature School at Orøstrand. The animal park and the nature surrounding the institution are perfect for other educational purposes connected with experiencing animals and nature. For instance, we can offer schools and kindergartens one-day visits or camping at our primitive campsite. I cooperation with our biologist we can offer teaching various themes with the fields of nature and technology, in which nature and the animal park are integrated elements. Contact our office at 59 47 00 04 for information about prices and opening hours.
The animal park is open for all visitors all days between 10 am and 6 pm. Admission: Adults 20 kroner, children 10 kroner.