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National Visitors' Centre – a gateway to protected areas

2015-07-15

The day after, on 17 July, the National Visitors' Centre will be opened to offer to its visitors an exposition and interesting information about Lithuanian and foreign protected areas.

According to Minister of Environment, Kęstutis Trečiokas, who will take part in the opening on Friday, the National Visitors' Centre has been opened in order to inform people about protected areas, to show what and how must me protected. 'It is an excellent opportunity to find out and remember how many areas of natural beauty there are around us, to encourage discovering the treasures of nature of our land. I hope this Centre will become a gateway to the protected areas of our country and elsewhere,' said Minister.

The National Visitors' Centre of Protected Areas has been set up in one of the buildings of the Sapiega Palace in Antakalnis (Antakalnio str. 25), Vilnius. A rather decrepit building, built late in the 19th century, has been reborn for new life, an interesting exposition has been set up. All major works have been completed under the Project 'Management of Protected Areas', which has been co-financed by EU structural funds and the national budget.

Visitors will be welcomed at the Centre by its exposition 'Protected Areas. Journey Through the Circle of Life'. Visitors will feel surrounded by nature in the Centre – with grassland, birds, grasshoppers around, the clouds above their heads.

By spinning the interlocking cog wheels, each of them will get an opportunity to explore the system of protected areas. It is not known to everybody that there are 5 national parks, 30 regional parks, 3 state strict nature reserves and 2 state strict cultural reserves, around 300 reserves and more 500 state-protected objects of nature heritage in Lithuania.

Visitors will be able to feel like in a habitat of bats, hear mysterious sounds of nature. Those who are curious are likely to enjoy the lab table 'question mark' where nature puzzles will be explained by videos.

Children will have their attention captured by the interactive game produced in Lithuania about cranes and cormorants. The information featured in terminals about the most interesting sites and opportunities to explore the protected areas will help discover special places in Lithuania.
The National Visitors' Centre of Protected Areas and its expositions are opening on 17 July, 2 p.m. Everybody interested is welcome at the opening.

Public Information Division
15/07/2015

Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas