National Park for families, children, and youth
On shorter hikes of up to 4.5km, girls, boys, and their parents can enjoy a colourful interactive program. Playfully, you can read animal traces, solve plant puzzles, practise seeing with your hands, and discover wild places in the National Park by its smells, colours, and shapes. By participating, you can meet children, take a break under towering trees, or play.
When? Every first Sunday of the month from 11am to 1pm, and during NRW school holidays Monday to Friday 2pm to 4:30pm.
Who? The free family day is primarily aimed at elementary school aged children. For younger children we recommend using a backpack carrier instead of a stroller.
Where? Since the venues change, we recommend you check the digital calendar of events. Meeting spots during school holidays are:
- Mondays: Nideggen National Park Gate
- Tuesdays: National Park information point in Siimmerath- Einruhr
- Wednesdays: Heimbach National Park Gate
- Thursdays: Monschau- Höfen National Park Gate
- Fridays: Schleiden- Gemünd National Park Gate
Registration: Please register as early as possible, but at least one day in advance at the Eifel National Park under the following phone number: 02444.951016. Due to a high demand we can only allow for 30 persons to join the tour. Should you have registered but can’t participate please cancel so other families can take part.
Junior Ranger Program
All 7 to 12 year old girls and boys can become Junior Rangers of the National Park Administration. Over the time period of one year they explore the forests and meadows of the National Park with a trained ranger. They visit the National Park Gates, meet junior rangers from other protected areas in Germany and meet other nature loving children and youth.
Wilderness camps during summer holidays
Children with and without disabilities can find the right challenge in the forest wilderness. How will they cope with every day life in a tent camp, with cooking above a campfire? How will they contribute to the community and how will they take weaknesses under consideration? In an eclectic group of 25 girls and boys between the ages of 7 and 16, the children will experience a lot and learn from each other. The forest wilderness will take everyones minds off things.
Half-Day trips to the National Park for school classes and youth groups
On the free, half day tours for school classes and youth groups, children learn about the National Park: the idea behind it and the flora and fauna. Experienced employees guide school classes and youth groups to experience nature. Depending on the age of the children, there are games, quests, and actions in the foreground.
Wilderness Workshop Düttling (WWD) - a program for school classes
Adventure wilderness for young and old is what the Wilderness Workshop Düttling has to offer. The staff of the barrier free educational institution organize the family days, the half day trips, etc., the 100 hectare large area of forests and meadows is the point of contact for adventurous school classes, child- and youth groups during the project days and wilderness camps. For detailed information you can download the pamphlet, there you will also find contact information for the nearby National Park guest house.
The Wilderness Workshop is located at the eastern border of the Eifel National Park between Heimbach- Hergarten and Heimbach- Düttingen. The 100 hectare of forests and meadows are reserved for young people with and without disabilities.
Wilderness is the topic for National Park rangers and the groups of children during project days and wilderness camps. Away from the designated National Park trails, children and youths can find the peace for impressive shared experiences. Starting point for the projects of the day is a weather protected resting area. Groups can also use the conference room at the Forestry office Düttling which is located at the edge of the forest. Which is also where the barrier free sanitary facilities are located.
The staff at the Wilderness Workshop would be happy to prepare a customized plan according to the needs of the groups. (limited mobility, sensory handicaps, and learning disabilities)