Ober-Olm – Forests are Future!

Ober-Olm – Forests are Future!

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Soort werk
2 t/m 16 oktober
Aantal deelnemers
12 (6 mannen en 6 vrouwen)

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Forests are future! The new "Waldnaturschutzzentrum Ober-Olm" (forest conservation centre) is located near Mainz, an area with few forests. The main goal of the center is therefore to preserve the protected forest of 350 hectares and at the same time make it a place for ecological learning. The local rangers ask for your support in their work. Concrete tasks will be: • Biotope maintenance in the nature conservation and Natura2000 area; • Strengthening certain tree species for nature and climate protection; • Support on the action day for climate protection on Oct 3rd ; • Apple harvesting for cider production (educational event on Oct 15th) • Starting of a tree nursery (preparing the ground, building a wooden fence, collecting seeds). The rangers want to grow their own seedlings of rare tree species and of trees that are particularly resilient to climate change in the tree nursery. This is intended to strengthen their own forest in the future, and at the same time the little trees are to be given to people in the surrounding area as "citizen trees". All work is carried out under the professional guidance of rangers, who will also explain a lot about the ecological background of the forest and its different usage interests.

Accommodatie en maaltijden

You will be staying in the forester's lodge. There are living rooms, bedrooms, a kitchen, two toilets and one shower. Outside you have the infrastructure of the forest nature center with a barbecue area or campfire site. The house is surrounded by forest, about 1 km from the outskirts of Mainz. Please bring your sleeping bag. Your group of volunteers will be responsible for grocery shopping and cooking together. The food will be bought with the camp budget and everybody will take turns for cooking, washing the dishes and cleaning. In order to reduce our carbon footprint on the planet, we encourage volunteers to reduce meat and try more sustainable dishes.

Locatie en vrije tijd

The location of the camp combines nature and culture in a unique way. You live and work in the middle of the forest, so you can enjoy nature and do many outdoor activities. At the same time, it is easy to reach Mainz by bus. With a population of 220,000, its many sights, shops, clubs, university, etc., Mainz offers everything your heart desires. Mainz is also famous as the location of the BIONTECH company, where the current Covid19 vaccine was developed.


The new "Waldnaturschutzzentrum Ober-Olm" (forest conservation centre) is a branch of the Rheinhessen Forestry Office and is to become more and more of a center of attraction for forest visitors and a place of learning for sustainable development in the coming years. Particularly in Rheinhessen, which is poorly forested, the aim is to balance the interests in the forest and to preserve the multifunctionality of the forests: Local recreation, nature conservation, forest information and classical forestry have similarly high importance. For the first time international volunteers are invited to support the rangers in their work. This international dimension has a special significance, as large parts of the forest were used by the American army as a military training area and missile site from 1951 to 1993. After the withdrawal of the army, many structures were dismantled and nature has since reclaimed its habitat. The former missile site is now the "Hill of Friendship" with art objects and peace messages in English, French, Russian and German. This workcamp is part of the 2022 IBG agenda: “Let’s take action for climate protection – volunteering for forests and peatlands”. By volunteering in this project, you are actively supporting climate action (UN SDG13) as well as protecting nature and biodiversity (UN SDG 15).


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all volunteers need to be either fully vaccinated (at least 2 shots of one of the vaccines recognized by the World Health Organisation: BioNtech/Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson&Johnson, Serum Institute of India, Novavax, CanSino, Bharat BioTech, Sinopharm, Sinovac) or recovered (date of infection must be at least 28 days old and max 90 days old).


Ober-Olm – Forests are Future!


IBG 26


Soort werk





Aantal vrijwilligers

12 (6 mannen en 6 vrouwen)


18 t/m 99 jaar


Het inschrijfgeld voor dit project bedraagt € 295, exclusief € 50 studentenkorting.

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