As Bettina Werner, managing director of the Infrastructural Network for Environmental Protection (Infrastrukturelles Netzwerk Umweltschutz – INU), the body that runs the Open-Air Laboratory Marzahn, explains, “We would like to introduce children from the borough of Marzahn-Hellersdorf to nature. This support from Deutsche Wohnen enables us to extend our teaching programme in the Open-Air Laboratory Marzahn and, by so doing, to meet the rising demand from children in the borough. We would like to express our sincere thanks for this help.”
The Open-Air Laboratory Marzahn is a teaching facility for children in Torgauer Straße 6 in Marzahn-Hellersdorf. It informs children about and raises their awareness of ecological issues. For example, trips to nature conservation areas in Hönow and Wuhletal are offered, as well as workshops on specific topics or a visit to the laboratory’s own bee colony (a cooperative venture with the local beekeepers’ association).
In the words of Stefanie Greske, the Head of the Service Point in Hellersdorf, “The programme of the Open-Air Laboratory is very popular with the children of the local residents – many of whom are our tenants. So, we are delighted that we can make a contribution to developing this programme and to reaching even more children in future with this important work.”
In the project, “Teamwork Nature Games”, the children are put into teams and given tasks which they must carry out together in the natural environment, for example, a nature memory game, tests of the five senses or cooperation and concentration games. These activities help the children not only to acquire knowledge about nature through play, but also to acquire skills in teamwork, problem-solving and communication.
About Deutsche Wohnen
Deutsche Wohnen is one of the largest publicly listed real estate companies in Germany and Europe with a business focus on managing and developing its portfolio, which focusses on residential properties. As at 31 December 2015 the portfolio comprised a total of 148,200 units, of which 146,100 are residential units and 2,100 commercial properties. With approximately 15,000 residential units in Marzahn-Hellersdorf, Deutsche Wohnen is one of the largest housing companies in the borough.
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Freilandlabor Marzahn (1): Frau Menger, Freilandlabor Marzahn (2): Frau König