Ermistu Nature Centre

The nature center on the shores of Lake Ermistu is waiting for all nature lovers to get acquainted with our surroundings, both on land and in the water. Curricula for schools and kindergartens are practical, complementary programs to the school curriculum that raise environmental awareness and teach different methods and tools for nature research. The diverse nature and location of the cemetery have created all the prerequisites for collecting and sharing practical natural knowledge.

Instructions for the teacher

The content and duration of the program can be adjusted according to the needs of the target group by prior agreement. The main task of the teacher is to prepare the children for the field study, which includes prior explanation of the content of the upcoming field study program and ensuring that the students have suitable clothing for the field study. Prior information work is important to encourage children to take an active part in the program and to ensure that they are more involved. Changing and canceling a visit: If you miss a scheduled visit or want to change the time of the program, let us know as early as possible. Reservations cannot be canceled less than 14 days before the program.

Study programmes

In total, we have seven different nature study programmes. All study programmes are meant for pupils at the stage of study I–III. With prior agreement, programmes can be adapted for upper secondary school pupils and pre-school children.

Fish survey

The fish research programme introduces Estonian fishery and fish species. The main objects of study are the fish of Lake Ermistu: perch, roach, bream, pike. In addition, major sea fish are also studied: European sprat, Baltic herring, zander, garfish; permanent slides about the structure of fish are examined.
LocationPärnu County, Pärnu City, Ermistu Village, Ermistu Lake Holding, Ermistu Nature Centre
Subjects: environmental protection, water, fish, fishing, fish food
Group size: 20 people
Target group: Pupils in stage of study I–III
Programme organiser: Jüri Tenson
Duration (in hours): 1.5 h
Location of the programme: Lake Ermistu
Time: autumn/spring/summer
Equipment: autopsy equipment, illustrations, fish from Lake Ermistu, important sea fish, permanent slides
Cost: €200 (each subsequent child €10)

Snow and ice biota

The formation of snow and ice is studied. If possible, snowflakes are examined under a microscope, original photographs related to the topic are viewed, the thickness and density of snow is measured on the field. In addition, ice is drilled and ice samples are examined (transparency, colour, etc.).
LocationPärnu County, Pärnu City, Ermistu Village, Ermistu Lake Holding, Ermistu Nature Centre
Subjects: winter, snow and ice, life in ice, exploring snow and ice
Group size: 20 people
Target group: Pupils in stage of study I–III
Programme organiser: Ermistu Log House
Duration (in hours): 1.5 h
Location: outside and in the log house
Time:  winter
Equipment: illustrations, microscopes, measuring instruments, ice samples
Cost: €180(each subsequent child €9)
 

Fishing for beginners

We learn about the rules of recreational fishing, and get to know the most common fishing tackle and techniques, as well as safety techniques. We conduct simpler nature observations: weather, water temperature, oxygen content, transparency, connection to fish.
LocationPärnu County, Pärnu City, Ermistu Village, Ermistu Lake Holding, Ermistu Nature Centre
Subjects: water, fish, fishing, fishing gear, fishing regulations, environmental protection
Group size: 20 people
Target group: Students in stages I-III
Programme organiser: Jüri Tenson
Duration (in hours): 1.5 h
Location of the programme: Lake Ermistu
Time: autumn/spring/summer
Equipment: fishing gear, illustrations, fish from Lake Ermistu  
Cost: €200 (each subsequent child €10)

Aquatic plants

The programme provides an overview of all aquatic plants – from microscopic plankton to flowering plants. Cyanobacteria that affects the quality of bathing water is examined from fresh material and previously collected samples. Swimming safety is also explained.
LocationPärnu County, Pärnu City, Ermistu Village, Ermistu Lake Holding, Ermistu Nature Centre
Subjects: plant systematics, toxic cyanobacteria, eutrophication and maintenance of water bodies, introduced species, growing aquatic plants
Group size: 20 people
Target group: Pupils in stage of study I–III
Programme organiser: Jüri Tenson
Duration (in hours): 1.5 h
Location of the programme: Lake Ermistu
Time: autumn/spring/summer
Equipment: hand nets, microscopes, illustrations, permanent slides
Cost: €180(each subsequent child €9)

Introduced species

The concept of an introduced species is clarified. The increase in the frequency of introduced species, the impact of introduced species on native species, their economic benefits and harms are discussed.
LocationPärnu County, Pärnu City, Ermistu Village, Ermistu Lake Holding, Ermistu Nature Centre
Subjects: terrestrial and aquatic introduced species, their benefits and harmfulness, eradication and prevention of introduced species, environmental protection
Group size: 20 people
Target group: Pupils in stage of study I–III
Programme organiser: Jüri Tenson
Duration (in hours): 1.5 h
Location of the programme: Lake Ermistu
Time: autumn/spring/summer
Equipment: nets, magnifying glasses, illustrations, microscopes, preserved plant specimens, permanent slides
Cost: €180(each subsequent child €9)

Fauna of the body of water

During the excursion to the water body, the general condition of the water body is studied, simpler measurements are made (O2, pH, transparency, temperature). The suitability of the water body as a living environment is assessed and the rules of environmentally friendly collection are explained.
LocationPärnu County, Pärnu City, Ermistu Village, Ermistu Lake Holding, Ermistu Nature Centre
Subjects: Phryganea, aquatic insects, fish, Triturus, frogs, grass snakes
Group size: 20 people
Target group: Pupils in stage of study I–III
Programme organiser: Jüri Tenson
Duration (in hours): 1.5 h
Location of the programme: Lake Ermistu
Time: autumn/spring/summer
Equipment: hand nets, nets, magnifying glasses, microscopes, water samples, indicator paper
Cost: €180(each subsequent child €9)
 
 

Lake Ermistu

Lake Ermistu has an interesting history, with special flora, fauna and peloid. We will discuss biodiversity, environmental protection, and sustainable development, learning to notice the correlation between man and nature.

Location: Pärnu County, Pärnu City, Ermistu Village, Ermistu Lake Holding, Ermistu Nature Centre
Subjects: lake biota, peloid, protected area, eutrophication and maintenance of water bodies
Group size: 20 people
Target group: Pupils in stage of study I–III
Programme organiser: Jüri Tenson
Duration(in hours): 1.5 h
Time:  all year round
Equipment: hand nets, magnifying glasses, fishing boxes, tweezers, test tubes, water samples, indicator paper 
Cost: €180(each subsequent child €9)
PS! It is possible to go rafting on the lake for an additional €50.
(NB! There is no rafting in case of strong winds! )

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