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Back to the roots: nature education basics for youth workers

Training Course

2-9 June 2023 | Hyvärilä youth and holiday cenre, Finland

Adventure education, experiential learning and nature education in the forest, water activities, nature-based workshops for youth workers with no previous experience of nature education.

What is Back to the roots? 

The training is based on over 40 years of experience in nature and adventure education, as accumulated by Hyvärilä youth centre. The course inlcudes introduction to safe and sustainable activities in the wilderness: on a forest hike (daytime hike and making food over fire, team activities, and spending the night outdoors in a tent); activities on the lake (boat rowing, canoeing); outdoor sports and survival skills; workshops on biodiversity and green youth work. 

Living in nature and connecting with nature, meeting with nature education practitioners, and exchange on greener youth work skiils are parts of the training.

Who is this for?

This is for youth workers and youth leaders with no previous knowledge on nature education, but willing to learn and employ new working methdods in their organizations. 

The course takes place in Hyvärilä youth centre, located on the shore of lake Pielinen in Nurmes, Finland. Activities are mostly outdoors. Accommodation in forest cabins. This is for those ready for an adventure, and willing to challenge themselves. 

Why go Back to the roots? 

This training suits well if you are considering starting adventue and environmental education studies to get an introduction to the topic. Participants of the training will spend time in an intercultural group of like-mided people, learning about:

- rules and regulations on sustainable and safe hiking,

- group dynamics in the wilderness and water-based activities;

- adventure education tools; 

-  biodivesity initiatives in youth work;

- being in contact with nature and how it affects wellness;

- how to continue exlporing environmental education. 





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Training overview


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This Training Course is

for 20 participants

from Ukraine, Erasmus+ Youth Programme countries

and recommended for

Youth workers, Youth leaders, Youth project managers

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Hyvärilä youth and holiday centre (Youth NGO)

Hyvärilä Youth and Holiday Centre is operating within network of 9 Finnish youth Centres under the auspices of the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture. The main tasks of the Centre is to provide youth services to ensure empowerment, personal development, and internationalization of the target group - young people of Finland. The Centre operates year-round in Hyvärilä camp base and in social youth work centre in Nurmes. Regular activities include school camps, camps and events, outreach youth work, social youth work, Nurmes youth services and youth workshop activities. Annually Hyvärilä provides services for over 9000 young people and youth leaders.

Contact for questions:

Ekaterina Sysoeva



Phone: +358505708634


Participation fee

No participation fee

Accommodation and food

Accommodation, food and program activities are co-financed by the Erasmus+ youth in action programme. No contributions from participants required.

The forest cabins are shared rooms: 2 persons per room, and a toilet. Showers are shared in the camping area. Meals are served at the Hyvärilä restaurant, ”buffet” style.

Travel reimbursement

Travel reimbursement according to the Erasmus+ funding rules, based on travel distance. 

Travel to the Helsinki airport, and take a train to Nurmes train station (the ride is 7 hours long). 

Maximum reimbursement for travels between

0 and 99KM: 23€;

between 100 and 499 KM: 180€ (210€ “Green travel”);

between 500 and 1 999 KM: 275€ (320€ “Green travel”);

between 2 000 and 2 999 KM:  360€ (410€ “Green travel”);

between 3 000 and 3 999 KM: 530€ (610€ “Green travel”);

between 4 000 and 7 999: 820€ per participant.

Participants are entitled to receive a Youthpass certificate from the organiser, for recognition of their competence development during the activity. Read more about Youthpass:

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