Steigerwald Zentrum – Audi promotes forest education
In the “Steigerwald Center - experiencing sustainability”, the interested general public can learn everything worth knowing about the forest ecosystem. In the information center with its floor space of more than 1,000 square meters, visitors learn everything about the forest habitat with the aid of interactive hands-on stations. With the support of the Audi Environmental Foundation, it was possible to purchase particularly high-quality multimedia exhibits. The aim is to raise enthusiasm for the forest ecosystem, especially in children and teenagers. An example of this is the “tree experience”. As a central element of the exhibition, it conveys information about natural cycles such as photosynthesis or water transport in a tree in a playful way.
Monitors show wild bees and bats in fast motion
The Foundation has also provided modern monitors for observing the behavior of wild bees and bats. The animals make use of artificially created living spaces, known as secondary habitats, as a refuge. These have been mounted on the facade of the Steigerwald Center. In addition, a webcam has been recording the Steigerwald panorama for a year. The recordings can then be seen as a time-lapse film and can be accessed online.
Smartphone users can also plan their walking routes using a virtual navigation system and determine their exact position - for example, along the planned nature trail between the Steigerwald Center and the future treetop path at Erbrach.
Environmental education in the focus of the Audi Environmental Foundation
Environmental education is currently one of the focal points of the Audi Environmental Foundation. This also includes the Steigerwald Center. It is the third ancillary environmental project in this region. The Foundation already supports the Breitengüßbach “Outdoor Classroom” Environmental Center and the environmental project “The Last Jackdaw Colonies in Bavaria”.