You are invited to get to know and admire the natural and cultural heritage in our parks19. Jun 2020
When visiting, let’s not forget that we are guests of a beautiful but sensitive nature, which should remain unchanged even after our visit.
We have a holiday ahead of us and an invitation to proudly, respectfully and responsibly discover the natural beauties of Slovenia. After recovering from the epidemic, we are now making efforts to recover as a society, an economy. When you take advantage of tourist vouchers, do not forget about the wide range of our nature. They are protected by our and European regulations, so there is no fear of being covered in concrete. When we visit them, we are careful not to cover them with traces that are not approved by etiquette.
Natural parks and their presentation
The managers of Slovenian nature parks are connected to the Community of Nature Parks, within which they carry out numerous joint activities. Their website lists tips for excursions, featured activities (bird watching, diving, cave tours) and recreational activities. A calendar of events has been published: lectures, guided tours, workshops for children, film screenings, etc. In the coming days and weeks, we will present the sights of individual parks that are united in the Community of Nature Parks (they have a manager) on the social networks of the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning, and we will also present parks that do not yet have traditional park administrations.
The park community brings together fifteen protected area managers. Protected areas are one of the nature protection measures. Parks (national, regional, landscape) belong to the wider protected areas. In Slovenia, the high level of nature protection is also due to the work of the managers of our parks. However, let us not forget that all of us who visit nature are responsible for the behavior and behavior in the park and the transmission of heritage to our future generations. Getting to know nature, the cultural landscape and the people in the park is an exceptional experience, in which we must take into account the basic goals of nature protection. When visiting, do not forget that we are guests of a beautiful but sensitive nature, which should remain unchanged even after our visit. Let us not forget that all of us who know nature are responsible for the behavior and behavior in the park and the transmission of heritage to our future generations.
The employees of the park administrations make sure that the experiences in them are friendly to nature and authentic for visitors.
We recommend that you start your visit at the information center of the park. Here, with the help of experienced guides, you will learn about the special features and values of the area, cultural and natural heritage, and learn which routes are most interesting in each season, when and where you can join a guided tour or attend workshops for children. In some places you are invited to watch multivision or movies or a guided tour of the park, cave and other collections or to spend the night in their cultural heritage sites (eg Goričko Castle, Podsreda Castle or homesteads in the Triglav National Park and other parks). In most malls, you can buy their publications, maps, and souvenirs made by locals at the store. They will also advise you where to go to see nature, so that the experience with a local guide will be pleasant, authentic and safe for you as visitors and at the same time will not be disturbing for the nature there. See the Brochure Natural Parks of Slovenia brochure.
Respectful to nature – Let’s not forget that all of us who know nature are responsible for the behavior and behavior in the park and the transmission of heritage to our future generations.
In order not to harm nature, we behave responsibly when walking or running. We stick to public paths and marked mountain trails. Motor vehicles are parked in well-kept parking lots or places where they do not cause damage. Every time we visit nature, we enter the habitat of plants and animals. If we behave inappropriately, we can worsen the conditions for their survival. When visiting, we especially avoid sensitive areas – we do not walk on wet meadows, swamps and marshes; we avoid places that are important for the reproduction of rare or endangered birds, such as: wild rooster, grouse, black stork, white-tailed deer; climbers should not disturb nesting birds in the walls (mountain eagle, great spotted woodpecker, in some places falcon selec). The most beneficial things for nature can be done by not disturbing plants and animals: we do not destroy their homes and habitats, and we do not prevent their movement and migratory routes.
Slovenia is recognized as a land of preserved nature, which allows the visitor peace, relaxation, experiencing the beauties of nature, observing living and non-living nature and learning about the landscape, culture and history of each area. Currently in Slovenia, more than 13 percent of the area is in protected areas (one national, three regional, 46 landscape parks, 56 nature reserves and about 1,200 natural monuments) and 37 percent protected in Natura 2000 areas, which is why we are among the EU countries nature. The status of natural value is granted to around 6,000 valuable parts of nature (waterfalls, natural bridges, exceptional trees, rivers, lakes, gorges, springs,…). and about 12,000 underground caves. In addition, Slovenia has two geoparks, several botanical gardens and 144 monuments of designed nature. Slovenia achieves high results on various international scales. Yale University rated Slovenia as the fifth greenest country in the world, and National Geographic even as the greenest country in the world.