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NEST Nature Discovery Station

The regional environmental education center

The NEST has existed since 1988 and is an institution of the city of Wolfsburg and the state of Lower Saxony. NEST is one of the 26 Regional Environmental Education Centers (RUZ) of the state of Lower Saxony.

  • Bookings

    The NatureExplorationSTation (NEST) informs

    The NEST enjoys great popularity. This results in an extremely long lead time for new bookings. This is no longer affordable for many schools. However, it is in the city's interest that as many schools as possible can take advantage of offerings at our facility.

    Number of registrations per school

    • Maximum of two grades per elementary school
    • maximum of three grades per secondary school

    Registration periods:

    • from May for the 1st half-year
    • from December for the 2nd half-year

    Late bookings:

    • If not all dates have been allocated at the start of the respective half-year, further bookings are possible for all schools.

    Binding nature:

    • Bookings are considered binding; cancellations should be made early so that dates can be assigned elsewhere.

    About the visit to the NEST:

    The responsibility for supervision of the students lies with the responsible teacher. All participants should wear clothing suitable for the forest or weatherproof clothing, since the program takes place regardless of the weather.

    The NEST is a waste-free place; food may be brought along, but waste must be taken back and disposed of properly elsewhere.

  • Program for elementary school
  • Appointments

    Andrea Braunbach
    Phone: 05361 848806
    E-mail to NEST

  • In the following, we have compiled information for you on our wide range of offers for elementary schools:

    Wolves on the trail - Wanda Schlitzohr

    KiTas, Class 1

    In the wolf adventure, Wanda tells a participatory story about her life as a young wolf. The children can use appropriate materials to find out more about the life of wolves.

    Wolves on the trail - Little wolf experts

    Class 3 - 4

    The biology of the wolf is the focus of the morning. Sensory performance and social behavior are learned through play, practical examples from wolf research and the coexistence of humans and animals are addressed, so that the children become "little wolf experts" at the end.

    Grow potatoes yourself

    Class 2 - 4

    Potato program - plant, care, harvest

    Spiny guys - The hedgehog

    Class 2 - 4

    Development of information on the construction, lifestyle and habitats of hedgehogs.

    From caterpillar to butterfly

    From class 2

    End of April / beginning of May, cooperation with BUND

    • Observation of living caterpillars and pupae
    • Stories and games about butterflies
    • Flight date for butterflies


    Class 4 - 10

    Raise awareness of the need to save energy and identify conservation measures.

    What lives in the pond?

    Class 4 - 6

    Animals in the pond (especially insect larvae, fleas, worms, possibly newts)

    Getting to know trees

    Class 2 - 4

    Getting to know different trees.

    Forest with all senses

    Class 1 - 4

    All senses are explored in the forest and especially sustainable experience is gained.

    The little crawl and dead wood full of life

    Class 3 - 4

    Examination of dead wood for living organisms.

    Playful forest exploration

    Classes 1 - 3

    Games in the forest to get to know the special ecosystem.


    Classes 1 - 4

    In winter, birds can be easily observed at our bird feeder.

    And how soft the plumage or how sharp the claws of a bird of prey are, every child can find out by petting the prepared birds from our collection.

    Animals in the forest

    As detectives in the NEST forest, we go in search of traces of wild boar, squirrel, mouse & Co.

    Organic waste and earthworm

    Nature has invented a unique circulatory system - earthworms are a part of it. We look for earthworms to observe and also sort our garbage.

    We make our garbage diploma!

    Avoiding waste, separating waste and recycling waste. These contents are at the center of the program.

    Nesting box construction

    Nesting boxes in the schoolyard or in your own garden improve the conditions for cavity nesting birds. We hammer and saw with you.

    Material costs: approx. 3 euros

    From wood to paper

    Paper is made from wood - but our forest also has other tasks. By using waste paper, we conserve the forests. We create paper ourselves from waste paper and measure our annual wood consumption for paper in the forest.

  • Program for secondary levels I and II
  • Appointments

    Andrea Braunbach
    Phone: 05361 848806
    E-mail to NEST

  • In the following, we have compiled information for you on our diverse offerings for secondary levels I and II:

    Understanding the design principle of "Cradle to Cradle" with the LernBox

    Secondary level II: from grade 10

    Subjects: chemistry, geography, politics, religion/values and norms

    Learning sustainability in concrete terms: Understanding the Cradle to Cradle principle as an example of consistent resource recycling and seeing it as an incentive for sustainable consumption and production (SDG 12).

    Chocolate - delicate or bitter?

    Secondary level I: from grade 7

    From the cacao plant to chocolate - making chocolate cream - fair chocolate.

    Wolfsburg - urban exploration in one of the youngest city foundations in Germany

    Secondary levels I and II: grades 8 - 13, projects.

    On the trail of history and stories, architecture, urban planning and sustainable urban development - a bike tour, foot variants are possible.

    Animals in autumn and winter

    Secondary school I: Class 5 - 6

    Subjects: Biology, physics and some geography

    • Hibernation strategies, adaptations to the cold season

    Forest ecosystem

    Secondary school I: Grades 5 - 7

    Subject: Biology

    • Investigations in the forest ecosystem, forest use

    Exploring the forest with GPS and bike

    Secondary school I: Class 8

    Subjects: Biology, Geography, Society

    • Forest ecosystem - exploration with GPS

    The honey bee

    Secondary school I: Grades 5 - 6

    Subject: Biology

    • From the biology of the bee, beekeeping

    Stream surveys

    Secondary school I: Class 7 - 8

    Subjects: Biology, Geography

    • Investigation and evaluation of flowing waters

    What lives in the pond?

    Secondary school I: Grades 4 - 6

    Subjects: Biology, Geography

    Animals in the pond (especially insect larvae, fleas, worms, possibly newts)

    Drinking water - the basis of life

    Secondary level I: Grades 5 - 6

    Subjects: Geography, Society

    Water consumption and virtual water - What is groundwater? We are building a waterworks - water on its way to the sea.

    Orientation with GPS

    Secondary level I: Grades 5 - 7

    Subjects: Biology, Geography, Society

    Orientation: Using maps and GPS

    From wood to paper

    Secondary level I: Grades 5 - 7

    Subjects: Biology, Geography, Society

    • From wood to paper
    • Determination and documentation of the annual wood requirements of the school class
    • Paper production from waste material

    Transport: environmental impact and future concepts

    Secondary I: Grades 5 - 7

    Subject: Curriculum Mobility

    We investigate environmental problems of traffic with experiments, traffic counting and simulation. We find out about future concepts (for example, electric mobility, car sharing, modular transport) and put this into practice creatively.

    Energy and climate change

    Secondary level I: Grades 7 - 9

    Subject: Physics

    • Experiments on electricity guzzlers
    • Proper heating and ventilation
    • Renewable energies

    From the individual to the team

    For classroom teachers: Grades 5 - 12, Adults

    Games and tasks that promote awareness, trust and cooperation among participants.

    Orienteering in the city forest with map and compass

    Secondary schools I and II: grades 5 - 12

    Subjects: Sports, Geography

    • Orienteering with map and compass

    Ecosystem hedge

    Secondary school I: Class 5 - 6

    Just a few bushes? We explore the diversity of plants and animals of the hedge in the Green Classroom at Kerksiek.

    Wolf, bear lynx in focus - "EDU Wildlife".

    Secondary school I: Grade 5 - 9

    Subject: Biology

    Wolf, bear and lynx return - biology and life of the large predators, coexistence with these animals in Germany and other European countries.

    Business game wolves as neighbors

    Secondary school I: Class 7 - 10

    Subjects: Biology, Geography

    Building knowledge about the wolf and its return to Lower Saxony. Discussion in the role of various stakeholders in the form of a simulation game with the aim of finding compromises.

    Junior Wolf Advisor

    Secondary school I: Class 5 - 6

    Biology and life of the wolf, return of the wolf to Lower Saxony - task of wolf advisors.

    Forest ecosystem

    Secondary level II, suitable for the central school-leaving examination

    Investigations in the forest ecosystem, forest use

    Ecosystem flowing waters

    Secondary level II, suitable for the Zentralabitur

    Investigation and evaluation of flowing waters

    Lake ecosystem

    Secondary school level II, suitable for the central school leaving examination

    Subject: Biology

    Investigation and evaluation of still waters.

    From the field to the tank - production of biofuel

    Secondary level II: Class 11

    Subjects: Chemistry, Politics, Geography

    Production of ethanol from grain - embedded in the current discussion on the question "Tank or plate?".

    Ecological urban planning

    Secondary level II: Class 10 - 11

    Subject: Geography

    • Personal desires
    • Social reality and ecological necessity in construction
    • Land consumption and urban sprawl

  • Advanced training for teachers

    On this page we present our current offers for teacher trainings:

    There are currently no known advanced training courses.

  • Voluntary Ecological Year
    Children landing net at the pond

    FÖJ - Your chance

    • An offer for young people who want to work in the ecological field and meet new people.
    • For young adults aged 16 to 26 who have left school or training.
    • For people who do not yet know exactly what they want to do after school....

    Information about the FÖJ and the online application process

  • Directions to the NEST

    The NEST and the neighboring Eichendorff Elementary School are served directly by buses of the Wolfsburger Verkehrsbetriebe (WVG) from many parts of Wolfsburg at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. (special stop: Im Holze, about three minutes' walk). The regular stop is called Barnstorfer Weg (about an eight-minute walk). The traffic chaos caused by private cars in front of this school is especially great in the morning and at noon!

    Breakfast break? Please remember that there is no kiosk at the Nature Discovery Station. Therefore, students* should bring drinks and food. Breakfast should be low-waste.

    Almost all programs take place outside in whole or in part. Be sure to dress appropriately for the weather, even in winter.

    Nature discovery station NEST
    In the wood 40
    38440 Wolfsburg

    Phone: 05361 848806

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  • Contact

  • Contact

    Wolfsburg Nature Exploration Station NEST
    Regional Environmental Education Center
    In the wood 40
    38444 Wolfsburg
    Phone: 05361 848806
    E-mail to NEST

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