You will work in different spots of the Nature Park to save the biodiversity of the area. Concrete tasks will be: maintenance of dry stone walls, cutting bushes and grass on meadows, protection of special habitats (creation of raw soils and clearing of steep faces), creation of small ponds and maintenance of the educational path about the stag beetle (woodwork). Some of the tasks are waiting for you near the accommodation, to others you will go by minibus/car. The work can be quite demanding in parts, but if you love the nature it will be very satisfying. You will work together with local volunteers.
You will be hosted in the “nature school Stromberg”, an environmental educational centre offering activities and trainings for young people. Therefore they have perfect conditions to host groups: beds, several showers, a big kitchen and different rooms to stay. Outside you find different animals (horses, goats…) and places to enjoy the nature. The centre is quite isolated and surrounded by pure nature (an apple orchard). The centre is comfortable, was newly build in 2007 and sustainability is very important in the centre, cooking and heating is done with wood and solar energy, electricity is made by a hydroelectric and solar power stations. But please be aware that the centre is 3km from the next village and for excursions it might be necessary to walk this distance to reach public transport.
You can find the Stromberg-Heuchelberg Nature Park in the North-East of Karlsruhe. The Nature Park is characterised by the two mountain ranges, Stromberg and Heuchelberg. The southern slopes of the Stromberg are suitable for viticulture. Numerous hiking trails lead through the nature park. A large part of the area is forested. So the area is perfect to enjoy nature and outdoor activities but there are also many sights nearby: the famous monastery Maulbronn (UNESCO World Heritage Site), the cities of Pforzheim and Karlsruhe. The next village Ötisheim is very nice looking with half-timbered houses. It has 4.900 inhabitants and offers a swimming pool, a youth club, pubs and shops.
The Stromberg-Heuchelberg Nature Park covers 328 km² and was founded to preserve the existing mixture of a rich nature, local cultural heritage and traditional look of the landscape. For the first time the Nature Park Stromberg-Heuchelberg invites international volunteers – the project is realised in cooperation with two regional authorities for landscape protection and local groups of volunteers active in the field of environmental protection. You will be able to support them in their preservation work, support biodiversity and learn a lot about the ecological background and sustainable ways to combine this with leisure activities and tourism.