Social education in the conflict between urbanisation and ecology - what we do?
As part of the project, we conducted studies of air, water, animals, and plants, such as air content analyses in the Wilanów Palace and the surrounding gardens, or diagnoses of likely threats connected with the expansion of municipal infrastructure.
We have studied and recorded the diversity of biological groupings active within the nearest vicinity of the Palace at Wilanów and the surrounding gardens, including water ecosystems (both standing and running water) as well as the biodiversity of flora and fauna of land ecosystems (trees and bushes, lawns and annual plant groupings).
We record the current state of research using the Geographic Information System data platform (GIS), which enables the registration and expansion of knowledge on the already listed natural and historical resources of the museum. Research results are expressed in the shape of resource and thematic maps. The geographic database and the results of research are available through the Museum's website.
Based on historical data, we reconstituted wild bee nests and beehives while organising presentations on traditional bee-keeping, including fashioning hives. We also reconstructed the historic “behoof-enfruiting” garden by way of parcels, hotbeds, and nurseries, and the rose garden, including plants that were grown in that plot of land 200 or even 300 years ago.
We have prepared 3 new education tour routes adapted for the sightless and short of sight. We also organise meetings with specialists and offer 20 external lessons for schools while contributing to the “Summer in the City” programme and the “Under the Umbrellas” nature education programme in the Wilanów gardens.
Using the existing information framework based on QR-code technology, we have developed new content (spots in the park) concerned with questions of biodiversity and the results of research conducted as a part of the project. The new mobile application (for iOS, Android, and WindowsPhone), available in two language versions (Polish and English) and operating in Augmented Reality, allow for the presentation of these results in the form of an interactive walk across the Wilanów Park. The users are able to observe natural phenomena they would not see in their everyday lives and to assess the yearly changes in the environment with their own eyes.
Translation: Antoni Górny
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