In Eure, thanks to the land-based education areas, children become one with their natural spaces

The aim is to make young people aware of the protection of the territory in order to make them discover these sensitive natural spaces © Le Réveil Normand

Breteuil (Eure) is full ofSensitive nature areas (ENS). With them fauna, flora, certain ecological and environmental discoveries. What could be better than infusing all this into children.

Fauna and flora, water conservation

This is the whole principle of Terrestrial Educational Areas (AET) with The French Office for Biodiversity. Inspired by educational sea areas, they allow the development of an educational and eco-citizen project with students and teachers. A small piece of wetland, river, city park …

This is how 27 CM1-CM2 students are from Guy de Maupassant school (with Catherine Rochette as referent teacher) was for a year able to acquire the Sauve-Qui-Peut pond at the firemen’s pond.

“Once a month, each excursion was accompanied by a specific theme,” explains Isabelle Raimbourg, Head of CRÉE (Center for Resources and Environmental Education) at E. de Chambray High School and Nature Animator. and environment. Sensory day for the pond, fauna and flora, conservation of water, trees, plants, water quality … ”. All supervised by Breteuil School teachers and teachers.

Territorial protection

Specifically, this approach aims to make young people aware of the protection of the territory in order to make them discover these sensitive natural spaces.

That’s not all. It is for them the opportunity to discover all the actors working on a daily basis: SMABI (Mixed Syndicate for the Development of the Iton Basin), SEPASE (Syndicate for Drinking Water and Collective Sanitation in South de l’Eure). ), The League for the Protection of Birds (LPO), the park’s fishing school, fishermen …

Isabelle Raimbourg, Head of CREE (Center for Resources and Environmental Education) at E. de Chambray High School
From left to right: Catherine Rochette, Jean-Michel Toutelle, Isabelle Raimbourg, Gérard Chéron and Gilles Châteaugiron
From left to right: Catherine Rochette, Jean-Michel Toutelle, Isabelle Raimbourg, Gérard Chéron and Gilles Châteaugiron (© Le Réveil Normand)

Without forgetting a major ally, the municipality was led by Mayor Gérard Chéron and represented for the project by Jean-Michel Toutelle, municipal councilor and tourism / environmental delegate.

“He was very important in the accompaniment and explanations of the place, the teachers emphasize. This project has shown that the children are aware of the biodiversity that surrounds them and of the plant heritage. We especially explored the special conditions and function of wetlands. All of this, of course, serves as a teaching aid. And the pond’s proximity to the school, just minutes away, was a significant asset.

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A new class for starting school

It is not Hugo and Nolan, school children, who will say the opposite. “We learned a lot about fauna and flora”. With the need to popularize the vocabulary a bit that surrounds sensitive natural spaces.

Because knowledge of our surrounding nature must be passed on, the 27 students passed the torch on to future students, who for a year will also participate in these down-to-earth educational areas. To do things in the rules of art, they made a little riddle meeting to understand everything about the Breteuil firefighters pond.

Like the hornbeam hedges that have been planted or the fishing platforms installed, thanks to the terrestrial training areas, all these actors, young and old, make this place a living place whose preservation and maintenance is crucial.

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