(CENTRUM EDUKACJI PRZYRODNICZEJ TATRZAŃSKIEGO PARKU NARODOWEGO)
Nature Education Center TPN
carries out educational activities by running nature protection and
Tatra mountain themed exhibitions, nature film showings, publishing
press, teaching classes, contests and lectures. Nature Education
Center TPN is the most up-to-date object of this kind in our region.
It includes 4D cinema, the largest Tatra model in Poland, exploration
hall and many other attractions.
Educational walk over facility takes
around half an hour while visitors certainly won't be bored. This
first stop is at the biggest model of Tatra in Poland – presented
with multimedia feautres and narrator commentary. The next stage are
realistic dioramas, a three dimensional models depicting meadows,
forests and man's influence on ecosystem, this time narrated by
animals themselves. Nature films, showing Tatra enviorment from wild
animal's perspective, are a nice supplement to the exposition. Film
screenings are set in brand new cinema halls. What's more, the
showings are far from being ordinary. One of cinema halls, with
implemented 4D technology, grants additional thrills like "wind"
blows or sudden chair movements. Viewers are also given special 3D
glasses, thanks to which the screen gains more depth of view.
During the tour it's also possible to
take a peak inside the cave. It's nearly identical to the real one,
being as moist and chilled. You can hear about what's going on in
Tatra undergrounds, who lives there and why.
For kids the explore hall awaits. There
are educational video games, which teaches map orientation, memory,
helps to recognise animal sounds and practice observation. If kids
prefer jumping and running similar to goats and deers, they can also
do that, as the hall is equipped with Kinect video games. What the
marmot's day looks like? This is a theme of four player game where
the players become marmots.
Those who would like to know more about
nature preservation can see short films, for example about why there
are no trashcans in the Park, why you should not feed the wild
animals, are bark beetles friends or foes and many more. Also those
who are more eager for exploration and observation of nature can use
one of our interactive tables. The rules here are simple. User picks
one of exhibit drawers. These contain models of various nature
elements, like amphibians, reptiles, rocks, cones, bird eggs. The
thematical presentation is then displayed at the table, and the
user's role is to name current exhibit. There are lots of additional
quiz questions provided. This teaches perception, patience and
logical thinking. The final feature are stereoscopic stations. You
can watch 3D photographs of wildlife there.
Centrum renovation was sponsored from
European Founds for Operational Program Infrastructure and Nature.
Opening hours The facility is open every day except
holidays, from 8.00 to 15.00 with last entries at 14.00. In period
between 15 april and 15 october, the Center is open from 9.00 to
16.30 with last entries at 15.20. The tour takes around an hour long.
Groups (max. 25 people) are allowed every 20 minutes.