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Call for participation - "European Summer School - Creating Forest Experiences" from 9th to 13th July 2018 in Germany

D o you want to meet people from all over Europe? Do you want to raise your voice as the future generation? Do you want to implement your own forest project? The Association for the Protection of the German Forest ("Schutzgemeinschaft Deutscher Wald", SDW) invites you to a five day Summer School at the Freusburg from the 9th to 13th July 2018. This old castle was built around 1100 AD and is situated in the region Westerwald in western Germany.

The aim of the event is that you as participants develop your own youth forest projects which we will implement together after the Summer School. Furthermore, you can exchange ideas and experiences with around 60 young adults (18 to 22 years old) from all over Europe regarding forests and their future. We will talk about the function of forests in our eco-system, for a sustainable development and for recreational activities.

Different workshops from leading experts will give you an overview of sustainable forestry as well as economic, ecological and social perspectives on forests. The Summer School should build the foundation for a European Youth Forest Network which you can use for networking and the development of future, transnational projects. Moreover, you will have the opportunity to formulate demands to German politicians which will be presented to them during the German Forest Days ("Deutsche Waldtage") from 13th to 14th September 2018 in Berlin.

Are you interested? Check out our website for the application details; the deadline is the 30th April 2018. The participation and all of the costs for accommodation, food and travel are free of charge. If you have any questions, send an e-mail to; Facebook link of the event:

About the Schutzgemeinschaft Deutscher Wald (SDW; translated into English "Association for the Protection of the German Forest"): The Schutzgemeinschaft Deutscher Wald - Bundesverband e. V. (SDW) is a non-profit organisation for the purpose of protecting the forest and the landscape. The SDW is one of the oldest German environmental protection organizations. It was founded in 1947 in Bad Honnef. The activities of the SDW address different target groups and stakeholders from the fields of environmental protection, forestry, rural areas and education. The SDW uses modern educational methods and adventure-based learning to convey the eco-system forest to people and contribute to active nature protection.

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