On 22-24 November the final – sixth Kurzeme nature guides’ training session took place in Pope, Ventspils County. The key topic of the session was the promotion of nature events and organisation of nature interpretation exhibitions. Nature guides presented their homeworks on designing tourism brochures and guiding self-developed excursions. During the session, the guides also worked on practical tasks in groups to design their vision on a new nature exhibition to be installed at Roja Sea Fishing Museum.
In the end of the session the 26 nature guides who successfully finished the training course received certificates issued by Kurzeme Planning Region and the Nature Guides’ Association of Latvia. The course participants admitted that the course has been extremely important both, because of the comprehensive training content targeted to enhance the theoretical knowledge on nature interpretation, as well as to develop the practical skills allowing to step out of one’s ordinary  routine and stimulate the hidden talents, imagination and ideas. The most valuable result, undoubtedly, is the group of the guides itself, which have all became good friends and have already started to cooperate, discuss topical tourism issues, exchange views and continue networking already beyond the scope of this project. We are really grateful both, for the contribution of the lecturers and dedication of the guides and wish many, many achievements in their further work in applying the knowledge and skills acquired during the course to improve their excursions and to develop new and creative nature tourism products.

The training has been organised by Kurzeme Planning Region in cooperation with the Nature Guides’ Association of Latvia as part of the UniGreen project No. LLI-010 under the Interreg Latvia-Lithuania Cross-border Cooperation Programme 2014-2020. The training ran from October 2017 till November 2018 with 6 training sessions (each 3 days long) in Kurzeme and a practical training visit to Lithuania (2 days). The overall length of the training programme was 160 hours.

Information prepared by:
Alise Lūse,
UniGreen Project Manager
Kurzeme Planning Region
Tel.: + 371 26567874,