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NatureGame: Nature-geology playground Petzen

The area around the Petzen mountain has a sensitive and interesting geodiversitiy in the middle of the Geopark Karawanken. Sensitive natural areas, environmental topics and climatic changes are difficult to transport to all relevant classes of population in the sense of a broad sensitization in everyday life. The trend of digital media entertainment is becoming more influential, which leads to a smaller degree of movement, concerning children and adolescents. The aim of the project is to make a contribution to the improvement of the aspects mentioned before, to create a broad public awareness in the cross-border adventure area of ​​the Petzen mountain. In a playful, attractive way, the varied geodiversity  and its interrelations with global topics are conveyed. The main aim of the project is to strengthen the sensitization of natural conditions (regionally and globally) through a combination of attractive "offers in movement" and  ​​"nature and geo experience", thus also facilitating the access of a broad public to these issues.A network of adventure offers, in which one can experience geodiversity and the environment in a playful way and move freely and playfully in this nature, should bring out as a main output the importance of this sensitive border crossing natural space. Sensitive areas (Natura2000 sites) are excluded from use, but the content of these sites will be communicated in the vicinity at suitable places. Geodiversity, as well as the need for recreational activities in nature do not end at national borders. The results should be made available to the public. The goal is not to protect the area via sub-shelters, but through a spatially targeted use and an intensive awareness formation through a nature geogame. The entire network of excursion destinations is to be integrated into the management structure, administration of geodiversity as well as conservation technology within the framework of the bilateral Geopark.


F.S. Immobilienverwaltungs GmbH (Contact person: Franz Skuk,   

Project Partners:

Naturfreunde Österreich Ortsgruppe Petzen (Contact person: Peter Winkl,  

Obir Tropfsteinhöhlen GesmbH (Contact person: Christian Varch,

The Municipality of Globasnitz (Contact person: Alois Opetnik,

The Municipality of Črna na Koroškem (Contact person: Irena Nagernik,

The Municipality of Prevalje (Contact person: Bernarda Gradišnik,

Podzemlje Pece, podjetje za razvoj turistične in muzejske dejavnosti, d.o.o. (Contact person: Suzana Fajmut Štrucl,

Duration: 1.3.2018 – 28.2.2021

Approved ERDF contribution: € 1.966.798,63€