Eberbach: Preschoolers discover nature – Neckar Valley and Odenwald – news from the region

By Moritz Bayer

Eberbach. Great joy in the kindergarten of St. Maria in Scheffelstraße: on Tuesday it was officially recognized as a kindergarten in the nature park. In this way, advice and support are provided for nature projects for the next five years. In addition to the sponsor’s preschool manager (Neckartal Hoher Odenwald Catholic parish Edith Stein), Björn Mitmesser, Mayor Peter Reichert and Kerstin Pohl, and Paul Siemes from the Neckar-Odenwald Nature Park office. St. Maria is therefore the first kindergarten in a nature park in the Neckartal-Odenwald region. To date, there are only six more of this type in all of Baden-Württemberg, and kindergartens in Schönbrunn and Hemsbach are to be opened in autumn.

In a kindergarten in a nature park, teachers and children spend time researching nature-related topics through projects. The main emphasis is on sustainable development. Last year, Scheffelstrasse hosted five different projects, such as “Getting to know the bees” and “Sowing, planting, harvesting, eating”. The result was a hotel for insects and several vegetable and fruit patches. Learning through experience, close to nature. This was well received by parents and children, and the “Nok” mascot, the deer, was also very popular.

Kindergarten manager Evi Kainz put it briefly: “Why a kindergarten in a nature park? Because it just fits. Some people think of work when it comes to nature parks. But our big garden, the proximity of the forest … what are we doing or there? “” Look the animals! Wild! Then they gave a very motivated song to the accompaniment of two guitars. “One, two, three, muddy mush” expressed not only children’s joy, but also closeness with nature in St. Mary.

Reichert then told the story of the friendship between the porcupine and the mouse. He reiterated the difference, but it was expressed in mutual support and responsibility: “You are different too, but take care of one another. Keep going and be curious. In nature, you never stop learning, ”he said to little and big listeners along the way. At twelve, the ranger “in his belt” Reichert knew what he was talking about. Fittingly, the second song featured “He Holds the World in His Hands” as a symbol

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