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The congress started and ended in Riga - capital city of Latvia. The first evening of July 1st was celebrated on coast of the Baltic sea. Teachers from Latvia joined the programme activities on July 2nd in Riga Technical University. On July 3rd there was a day trip to LVM Nature park in Tērvete  for all congress participants. 



Arrival in Riga Islande Hotel, registration. Lots of possibilities for sightseeing: Ķīpsala beach promenade, Riga Old town, Riga center – Freedom Monument etc.

Shuttle bus from Riga International Airport available

17.30 – 18.00

Short trip by organized buses from Riga Islande Hotel to Jūrmala Open air museum

18.00 – 21.30

Welcome dinner near the Baltic beach hosted by JSC “Latvia’s State Forests”

'Ice-breaking" activities at the fisherman’s homestead, swimming in the Baltic sea for daredevils

21.30 – 22.00

Return to Riga Islande Hotel

22.00 - 23.00

Sunset activities (optional)


7.00 – 8.30


8.30 - 9.00

Arrival in Riga Technical University, Faculty of Power and Electrical Engineering, registration

Teachers joining

9.00 – 9.10

Opening of the congress: Learning about forest for sustainable development

LR Ministry of Agriculture; Forest Communicators' Network subgroup Forest Pedagogics

9.10 – 9.20

Introduction: New curriculum – designing bridges between forest and schools

Guntars Catlaks, Director of National Centre for Education of Republic of Latvia

9.20 – 10.00

Key-note speech: Challenges of the modern bio-era: reestablishing the deep connection between forest and people

Tomass Kotovičs, Deputy leader of UNECE/FAO Forest Communicators Network, Latvia

10.00 – 10.40 

Key-note speech: Education for sustainable development by tandem of teacher and forester

Prof. Robert Vogl, Highschool Weihenstephan-Triesdorf, Germany

10.40 – 11.00


11.00 – 13.00

Workshops – designing bridges between forest and schools

13.00 – 14.00


14.00 – 14.40

Key-note speech: Making learning connections stronger: how can forest educators and teachers cooperate on pupils´ learning

Ph.D. Jan Froněk, TEREZA Educational centre, Czech Republic

14.40 – 16.40

Workshops – designing bridges between forest and schools

16.40 – 17.00

Short summary – exhibition of designed outcomes, sharing materials in the hall possible

17.00 – 18.00

Spare time, Teachers depart

18.00 – 18.30

Guided walk from the lobby of Riga Islande Hotel to the Botanical Garden of University of Latvia

18.30 – 20.30

Dinner and activities for all senses in the Botanical Garden

20.30 – 21.00

Guided walk back to the Hotel

21.00 - 24.00

Evening activities available in the Riga Islande Hotel Bowling center



7.00 – 8.00


8.00 – 9.30

Drive by organized buses from Riga Islande Hotel to LVM Nature Park in Tērvete, video guide on the way

9.30 – 10.00

Crossing the wooden bridge – scientific laboratory, arrival in LVM Nature Park in Tērvete Tourism Information Center

10.00 – 10.40

Pecha-Kucha presentations: Visions about the future schools and forests – creating bridges for the next generations:

  • Daiga Brakmane and Mihails Basmanovs, Project “School 2030”
  • Kristaps Ceplis, NGO “Green Homes”
  • Paula Reine and Līva Ūlande, 11th grade students of Jelgava Spidola State Gymnasium, LVM School of Bioeconomics


10.40 – 11.00


Introduction to Market of activities

11.00 – 13.00

Market of activities: hands-on learning experiences in the forest

13.00 – 13.40


13.40 – 16.20

Market of activities: hands-on learning experiences in the forest

16.20 – 18.00

Coffe break, spare time for the walk in the park / Subgroup meeting

18.00 – 18.30

Closing ceremony outside on the central stage of the park

18.30 – 19.30

Dinner near the fireplace

19.30 – 21.00

Cultural activities, Latvian folk music and dance outdoors

21.00 – 22.30

Return to Riga Islande Hotel on organized buses

22.30 - 02.00

Afterparty (optional)



7.00 – 9.00



Shuttle bus to Riga International Airport


Excursion possibilities by foot from Riga Islande Hotel: