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Italian News - August 25

The Apennines with their historical, cultural and natural heritage will become a school offering thousands of opportunities for learning while having fun. The members of the Unione Appennino e Verde association of Emilia Romagna have offered a rich programme of didactic initiatives for schoolchildren of all ages. A wide range of activities will be carried out in the parks, castles, along rivers but also in museums and food production places in order to make the young people familiar with the environment and the culture of the region.

In the Apennines nature has always rhymed with adventure. In the Parco Regionale del Corno alle Scale (Bologna) and the Parco dei Cento Laghi (Parma), for example, the children will be able to turn into explorers and follow wolf tracks, with theoretical lessons and excursions along the pathways to learn the predators habits and the pack structure. The observation of animals and the didactic activities to learn to use a compass and maps of the pathways are in the centre of the proposals by the Parco Nazionale dell'Appennino Tosco Emiliano where the children will be able to attend sport climbing courses at the Pietra di Bismantova rock climbing site.

This is only a small part of the many didactic proposals of the Apennines, in the natural parks and the green oases of Emilia Romagna. The Unione Appennino e Verde of Emilia-Romagna is an association of 74 public bodies, among them provinces, communes, mountain communities, parks, chambers of commerce, and private organisations, which was established in 1998 following the enforcement of regional law 7/98. The organisation offers tourist promotion of the region and supports the marketing activities of private associates.