Learn from Nature, Learn with Delight
WHAT？ What is Nature Center?
A place for immersing in the nature
Where space design and materials used in facilities are all for sustainability
Fellow workers with different expertise
Mapping out programs tailor-made for different participants with application of local resources
Walking into forests and getting close with Nature with professional guidance
Learning in the environment
Learning about the environment
Learning for the environment
Combined with normal school education, it also provides lifelong learning opportunities for all
Through experience, exploration, hand-on activities, reasoning, self-challenging, and self-embodiment
Arousing people’s care and attention to the environment
In hope to solve environmental problems
And rebuild the harmonious relationship between human and nature
WHY? Why should we establish Nature Center?
To achieve the mission and core value of the Forestry Bureau
The Forest Bureau(TFB) is the central competent authority in charge of national forest management and natural resources preservation, the biggest agency of natural resources management in Taiwan.
Therefore, TFB should also take the initiative to integrate all the resources for forest environmental education, to help people walk willingly into forests so as to get first-hand environmental learning experience. By increasing people’s love, awareness, values and actions toward the forest, TFB thus achieves its mission to protect the ecosystem of forest and conserve its natural resources.
To act in accordance with the global trend in environmental education
In 1992, the United Nations proposed the Agenda 21 to emphasize that education is an indispensable element for achieving sustainable development.
In 2005, the United Nations started the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD) to encourage countries to involve sustainable thinking in all kinds of learning mechanism and strategies.
Counterparts of “Nature Center” have become the best venues for environmental education over the globe; thousands of nature centers have been established in North America, Europe, Australia and Japan respectively.
To provide the general public with prime opportunities of learning in the great outdoors
- The best choice for outdoor school education
- The best place for parents and children to enjoy holidays
- The field for enterprises to contribute to the Nature
- The partnering agency to help adults get professional development
- The key place for preservation of community culture
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How? How to realize the mission of Nature Center?
Our mission, vision and goals
|Mission||Learn from Nature, Learn with Delight|
|Vision||Learn from Nature, Learn with Delight||Quality service ensured||To be the leader in outdoor and environmental education|
|Goals||Expand target market, develop multi-faceted forest learning programs in accordance with the mission of TFB||Establish operational codes of practice, set up consistent terminology and forums for future communication||Create strategic alliances and partnerships; become the best choice for cooperation between the public and private sector |
|Share with the public the developmental experience and achievements of Nature Centers of TFB||Implement evaluation and feedback mechanisms for teaching and learning ||Develop multi-marketing channels|
|Design learning venues according to local features of forestry and cultural resources||Targeting potential clients, managing long-term customer relationship ||Become the public-sector role model in outdoor and environmental education in Taiwan|
■ Based on forestry expertise, we establish partnership with agencies excelling in conservation, education, management, recreation from the academic and private sector, so as to make one plus one greater than two.
■ We ign MoU with the Field Studies Council, UK, in hope to seek international experience and convert into strategies needed for local development.
■ We set up systems of performance management, personnel training, and evaluation mechanism to make sure that we achieve our goals, improve the staff’s expertise, focus on development strategies, and form the best operating model.
■ We create a “learning organization” with its culture different from that of any other government agency, so that participants dare to be innovative, and confront challenges.
■ We provide different learning programs according to clients’ requirements, realize the “Environmental Equality Right”, and attain to the “Equal Right in Education”.
- SP, School Programs
Our programs are linked to the national curriculum, and provide courses reserved in advance for elementary and junior high school classes on non-holidays during term-time.
- TA, Theme Activity
We offer various theme activities and camps for varied participants on weekends and summer / winter vacation.
- T, Training
We provide in-depth lifelong learning opportunity for school teachers, adults, institutions and organizations, as well as the “Four-hour courses in Environmental Education” based on the regulation of The Evironmental Education Act.
- I, Interpretation
Our all-time group docent service will best represent our warm hospitality.
- SE, Special Events
We make activity programs perfectly appropriate to your specific requirements, for special events or in specific seasons.
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WHO? Your relationship with Nature Center
Close relationship with school
- For students:
We offer school programs linked to the teaching goals of Grade 1-9 Curriculum.
- For teachers:
We build a good partnership with education agencies, thus create hand in hand quality outdoor learning.
Pleasant relationship with the general public.
We provide vast natural venues, well-arranged safety management infrastructure, programs combining education with recreation, render people of all ages abundant harvests.
Interdependent relationship with community residents
Together with local communities, we build a promising future for ensuring the co-existence and progression of nature conservation, cultural preservation and economic development.
Cooperative relationship with academic and research institutions
We provide environments for learning and researching, welcome all possible opportunities to do research with interested agencies, so as to lay a good foundation for learning in Nature.
Reliable relationship with enterprises
We welcome enterprises to actually participate in social care, Ecosystem Conservation, education promotion, and in the development of Nature Center and the practice of environmental education through various actions.
Friendly relationship with special groups
We provide equal learning opportunities for special groups through user-friendly space design and programs.
Partnership with other environmental learning centers
With a view to become the leading role in outdoor and environmental education in Taiwan, we sincerely share with the public our experience in development, in order to attain to continued optimization and sustainability for domestic environmental education fields.
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Every Nature Centers
Luodong Nature Center
Situated in the Luodong Forestry Culture Park, it was a key shipping hub for logging of the Taipingshan Forest Farm in the industry’s early prosperity. The buildings and industrial relics during Japanese Colonial Era still stand to this day, including old locomotives, railway cultural relics and artifacts, Jhulin stations, and so on. The log pond at that time has now turned into Eco- pond; being a habitat composed of both aquatic and terrestrial environments, this area is rich in biodiversity.
- ADD： No. 118, Jhongjheng N. Road, Luodong Township, Yilan County 265, Taiwan R.O.C.
- Facebook： Luodong Nature Center
Dongyanshan Nature Center
1. Located in the Dongyanshan National Forest Recreation Area, it belongs to the Shiman reservoir catchment area, and is part of the west edge of Xue (Snow) Mountain Range. With its shape similar to the silhouette of a laying person’ face, and the sunrise from the eye hole of the face, it is accordingly named Dongyanshan (Eastern Eye Mountain). The forest is made up of beautifully trimmed plantation, natural forest rich in diversity, trace fossils made by crabs and shrimps thirty million years ago, as well as other geological sites of marine sediments.
- ADD： No. 35, Jiazhi, Siayun Village, Fusing Township, Taoyuan County 336, Taiwan R.O.C.
- Facebook：Forest School—Dongyanshan Nature Center
Basianshan Nature Center
Situated in the Basianshan National Forest Recreation Area, which was the Basianshan Forest Farm in the early days, had once been called one of the three biggest forest farms in Taiwan, the other two were Taipingshan Forest Farm and Alishan Forest Farm. The peak of Basianshan reaches 2,424 meters above sea level, equal to 8,000 meters in Taiwanese unit of measurement, the mountain is thus named after Japanese pronunciation of 8,000. Surrounded by numerous mountains, with diverse plant species and abundant rainfall, this area is biologically rich in forest resources. The running through of Shiwen and Jiabau Creeks also carves a vast landscape of river terraces in this area.
- ADD：No. 200-8, Sec. 1, Dongguan Rd., Heping Township, Taichung County 424, Taiwan R.O.C.
- Facebook：Basianshan Nature Center
Aowanda Nature Center
Located in the Aowanda National Forest Recreation Area, this area is dominated by river terraces, with many rivers converging here. Mountain-surrounded, with beautiful scenery in four seasons--“spring cherry blossoms, summer waterfalls, autumn moon, and winter maples,” it provides the best habitat for wide lives. Climbing the Aowanda Suspension Bridge will render visitors great view of the beautiful valleys and Nenggao South Peak, definitely the best place for sightseeing in the area.
- No. 153, Da-an Rd., Cin-ai Village, Jenai Township, Nantou County 546, Taiwan R.O.C.
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Chukou Nature Center
Situated on the Provincial Highway 18 in the Fanlu Township, Chiayi County, it is the only way to be passed to Alishan National Forest Recreation Area, and is very convenient with only a 20-minute drive from downtown Chiayi. It is located in the Tree Bank of South Area, also the Chukou Work Station, has in it many valuable old trees, drift-wood storage areas, eco-waterways, Green-Eco house with gold-class certificate of Green building, all reveal vividly the harmonious relations between man and nature.
- ADD： No.16, 1st Neighborhood, Wuhuliao, Sin-Fu Village, Fanlu Township, Chiayi County 602, Taiwan R.O.C.
- Facebook：Chukou Nature Center
Shuangliou Nature Center
Located in Shuangliou National Forest Recreation Area, which is the mountainous area between Central Mountain Range and Hengchun Peninsula, with the running through of Neiwen Creek making its diversity in landforms and waters, the area features in numerous plant species and biological diversification characteristic of tropical rainforests, subtropical rainforests, tropical monsoon rainforests, as well as warm and cool temperate forests. It is also the hub of the indigenous Paiwan Tribe of Taiwan; relevant aboriginal cultural heritage can still be seen in the area.
- ADD：No. 23, Danlu 2nd Ln., Danlu Village, Shizi Township, Pingtung County 943, Taiwan R.O.C.
- Facebook：Shuangliou Nature Center
Jhihben Nature Center
Jhihben Nature Center is in the Tropical Monsoon climate area, features in various plant species such as banyan trees, Bishop wood and lianas; evolving from which the natural phenomenon of wrapping and strangling characteristic of tropical plants, and the spectacular of “Thousand Root Banyan” made of aerial roots of white banyan, are all important landmarks in Jhihben. The buildings within the area is designed to integrate into its natural landscapes, while at the same time blend in the multi-ethnic culture of Taitung, in hope to realize the integration of nature and human culture.
- ADD：No.290, Longcyuan Rd., Wencyuan Village, Beinan Township, Taitung County 954, Taiwan R.O.C.
- Facebook：：Jhihben Nature Center
Chihnan Nature Center
Located in the Chihnan National Forest Recreation Area, in the valley fault zone between Central Mountain Range and Coastal Mountain ranges, it natures biological diversification of both animals and plants with the intact forest of Liyu Hill nearby, and the good aquatic environment of Liyu Lake. A shipping hub for logging in the early days, this area is filled with historical traces of logging industry everywhere; visitors can still be reminded vividly of its logging days.
- ADD：65 Linyuan Road, Chihnan Village, Shoufong Township, Hualien County 974, Taiwan R.O.C.
- TEL：886-3-864-1594 ext.15