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Participation summary of the Estonian BSP citizen science programs in the 2020/2021 academic year

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Despite a difficult last year and long periods of distance learning in Estonia, there were still some participants in the BSP citizen science programs. Observations were conducted all over Estonia throughout the year and we thank all the students and teachers who participated in them for their enthusiasm! There were a total of 954 participants in the  bird ecology programs last academic year. Good cooperation continued with BSP schools in the capital Tallinn and Lahemaa National Park area. There were 173 observing students during the year (autumn observation, mid-winter waterfowl census and survey during Easter). In addition 781 people, including many students, took part in various bird themed learning activities such as nature days, excursions and quizzes all over Estonia. 51 students from 5 BSP schools took part in the phenological studies program from the end of Febuary to the beginning of June. The observers were 2nd - 7th grade students and there were 5 local observation sites ar

All-Russian science-practical conference with international participation "High school students' club: Hygiene and human ecology"

We kindly invite students from classes of 8-11 and their supervisors to participate in All-Russian science-practical conference with international participation within the framework of the Year of Science and Technology in Russian Federation. The conference will be held by "North-West Scientific Center of Hygiene and Public Health" and State Budgetary Educational Institution Lyceum 179 in St. Petersburg on October 29, 2021     The conference purposes are:     to develop creative, research and project activities of students; to form an ecological outlook, the ability to manage their actions, behavior in the interests of their own development, health, ecologically safe environment and sustainable development; to create conditions for professional self-determination of students; to promote the students’ best achievements; to develop networking with countries participating in the UNESCO Baltic Sea Project. The conference accepts projects and research work on the topic: ph

Baltic sea project and GLOBE program camp in Lithuania 2021

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    The Baltic Sea Project and GLOBE program camp took place last week. Participants from international projects, gathered in a camp in Klaipeda from all over Lithuania to get to know the nature of the Lithuanian seaside and each other better. During the three-day camp, there was no shortage of various outdoor education activities. The camp started with a visit to the Seaside Regional Park. After visiting the visitor center, watching a movie and listening to the park director’s lesson, we set off on a seaside hike. On the way we found Bryozoa, goby fish and other sea attractions thrown ashore. Methodologist from Lithuanian Centre of Non-formal Youth Education Tomas Pocius told about the horse bone fossil he discovered in exact this place, near Dutchman's hat during simmilar trip a few years ago. It is estimated that this find is at least 39 thousand years old! Meanwhile, the participants themselves also found many small fossils in the coastal pebbles while hiking. After walking abo

Reflecting on the Digital Årø Camp

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At the beginning of 2021 it had already been decided that there would be no international Baltic Sea Summer Camp this year. I still vividly remember the conversation I had with the German UNESCO BSP Coordinator Martin Jarrath sometime in February. We were talking about the International Coordinator meeting planned for the beginning of March and I brought up the topic of the camp in Årø one last time. I asked Martin whether we should just go for it and do the whole thing digital. We could put together some ideas, present it to the other coordinators and see if others were also interested. 2 minutes later the decision had been made – we were all in. At the first planning meeting the most decisive point for the future of this camp was brought up by Gedy Matisen , the Estonian National Coordinator at the time, who is now on maternity leave. She said that all the students at the past camps had always talked about the camp feeling and the spirit at the international camps and suggested that

International Conference on Environmental Studies and English BACK TO NATURE

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    On April 27th, the international conference "Back to Nature" was held at Prienai "Žiburys" gymnasium in cooperation with Lithuanian higher education institutions-Vytautas Magnus, Klaipėda, and Kaunas Forestry Environmental Engineering Universities,   Baltic Sea Project Schools, International Waste Management organization- Green Dot and Nemunas Loops regional park. The conference was also an integral part of the international Erasmus+ project " A European Green Goal: Clean Energy and Environmental Sustainability against Climate Change," which is why Climate Change was chosen as the theme for the conference.   Rasa Kučinskienė (a Biology and Chemistry teacher) and Vilija Gustaitytė (an English language teacher), the founders and initiators of this conference, were delighted to have had the opportunity to organize this international school conference, increasing students' motivation to engage in environmental issues, improving their research skill

Water Week called to explore the importance of water

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22nd - 26th of March UNESCO ASPnet Baltic Sea Project (BSP) celebrated Water Week. UN World Water Day is an old tradition, but this year was the first one when Water Week was celebrated in BSP schools all around Baltic Sea. Joint activities were very popular, with a great number of participants from Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Estonia, Germany and Finland, from kindergartens to upper secondary schools.  During Water Week the schools and students could choose from different activities. Adding photos, videos and texts with the theme “Valuing water” on Padlet was very popular amongst the participants. Many students tried interesting water experiments and took videos of them. The importance of water to cultures was not forgotten either. Together we collected over 70 water related idioms in different languages: Latvian, Polish, Russian, Finnish and Spanish. The schools also created their own ideas and had different celebrations for Water Day.   Water Week showed that the BSP schools

Calling participants to "Digital Årø 2021" - BSP's first virtual camp!

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Welcome to this year’s international and virtual Årø Camp 4 - 7 th of May 2021 Visit our livestream from 4-7th of May:  https://app.sli.do/event/bzkqtfuf Årø camp is the Baltic Sea Project’s international event, where educators and students can participate, network and act on sustainable and global topics. We invite educators and students within the UNESCO Associated Schools network to join this great opportunity to learn and feel the team spirit with other like-minded people from all over the Baltic Sea region. This camp will give you greater knowledge and experience of global citizenship and citizen science by participating in professional workshops, cross border dialogue, fun events, hands on activities and networking possibilities. The whole camp is virtual and will take place in the afternoon to secure that as many teachers and students as possible will join the Årø Camp. The final program will follow at the end of April. We have prepared a short overview of the week

International conference 'BACK TO NATURE'

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April 27 (Tuesday) a remote conference "Back to Nature" will take place at Prienai "Žiburys" gymnasium. Beginning at 9 am Central European Summer Time.   During the conference, participants from Lithuania and other countries (Italy, France, Spain, Greece) will present their research in English: scientific observations, experiments and research. The topic of the conference is climate change. We invite students of Baltic Sea Project, grades 9–12 (I – IV gymnasiums) of general education schools and their teachers to participate. Teachers and students will receive certificates.   Those wishing to participate are invited until April 10 to register here: https://forms.gle/zw7nCD4eE8PrhnVZ7   More information: Rasa Kučinskienė, +37065643470, kucinskiene.rasa@gmail.com. 

Lichen art - Get inspired!

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    International art campaign “Green life among lichen” February was announced as Baltic sea project air quality month. Students from different schools and all age groups observed, learned and made some art about lichens! Let's see! KMSC naturalists club (Lithuania) Waiting for the spring The first name of teachers name (Vaida) What do you see here? Different stories...  Viļānu secondary school (Latvia)  Kseniya Jakushonoka Jekaterina Lebedeva Viktorija Gavrilova  Nikita Ribakovs Raseiniai Viktoras Petkus school (Lithuania) Gabija Kvietkutė says: " I created the image of the first two images myself, using grass, flowers (the name of which I have not yet found out), found broken twigs with moss and lichens on them. Meanwhile, the third photo - complete art of nature - twisted, wind-brought lichens with a landscape creates amazing beauty! It was a lot of fun to watch and admire the environment!" - she says.    Gabija Kvietkutė Gabija Kvietkutė Gabija Kvietkutė Julija Juška