Czech National Union of Nature
Founded in 1979, the Union is involved in management of protected areas.
It publicises environmental problems and promotes awareness through its popular monthly journal, Nasi Prirodou (our country's nature).
A Czech journalist, TV producer and author, and founder of the "brontosaurus- movement which mobilises youth for conservation.
During the past 14 years the movement has organised 15,000 young people to work in afforestation.
NIKA - Magazine of the Czech Union for Nature and Conservation
The NIKA magazine, launched in 1979, is best known to the public for its conflict with the then powerful state newspaper, the "Rude Pravo." During the communist regime, NIKA managed to inform its readers about events in nature conservation and environment protection even behind the Iron Curtain. The magazine covers nature conservation, comments on serious events in the environmental sphere of Czechoslovakia and is published six times a year with a print run of 8,000 copies per year.
Youth Nature Conservationist Centre - WOLVES
Young Nature Conservationist Centre - WOLVES - activities include environmental education and the organization of outings to "discover nature", as well as summer and winter camps.
The WOLVES participate in natural science and environmental competitions. They take part in projects such as Amphibians, Bird Protection, Bumble-Bee, The Counting of Buzzards. They also took part in: Ozone and The Blue in the Sky (a project which monitored acid rain).
They helped the Environmental Commission in their region by marking the borders of nature reserves and also help with the maintenance of these protected areas. They have their own tree and shrub nursery where they plant and care for many endangered species. They also organize programmes and lectures for elementary schools on the subject of environmental protection. WOLVES have won the competition Golden Leaf several times as well as the Silver Thread. They also hold the prestigious prize for young environmentalists. WOLVES has also influenced children in the promotion of a positive relation towards nature.
Throughout her career, Danuse Kvasnickova has promoted environmental education at all levels of the Czech Republic's educational system. She began working as a secondary school biology teacher and, in 1968, organized a national biological competition which continues today. Later, she established the Czechoslovakian Society for Environment, the ECOMENIUS Foundation which trains environmental education specialists, and the Eco-Gymnasium. The gymnasium, where she is Director, was the country's first private school with a curriculum emphasizing the environment in all subjects and at all academic levels. She later worked with other Eastern European countries to simulate her work on an international level. Ms. Kvasnickova is involved in the Dandelion Project sponsored by the Ministry of Agriculture, which focuses on environmental activities for young people living in rural areas. She has taught pedagogy courses and lectures on environmental education at Charles University in Prague. She has also produced textbooks, articles, radio programmes and videos which were part of a television series entitled "Ecology in all Cases".