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Nature Festival: activities for the whole family

A Nature Festival, to please everyone

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This 16th edition of the Fête de la Nature is special since it will bring together all the themes concerning the living. You will be entitled to various activities such as walks to observe birds in Loupian or a tree festival in Angoulême. The Fête de la Nature was created in 2007 thanks to the French committee of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the magazine Terre Sauvage. It is an important festival that allows you to learn to respect the environment. It is spread over 5 days during the month of May, preferably before or after the International Day for Biodiversity, which takes place on May 22. This year, therefore, the Fête de la Nature takes place from May 18 to 22.

The dates of the activities may extend beyond May 18 to 22. They remain free and accessible to all.

The Fête de la Nature is present throughout France

No need to worry about looking for a fun and free activity hundreds of kilometers away. There may be a gem near you. Among the activities of the Fête de la Nature, there are several cities that are not usually talked about: Acigné in the 35 with a multi-activity program, Flourens in the 31 or Sézanne.

Sézanne is not one of this year’s favorites, but it offers two activities: a photo rally in a garden and a guided walk. See you from May 10 to 21 or from May 12 to 19!

Focus on the favorites of the Fête de la Nature

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Pleasure Castle

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Pleasure, in the 78

In the Paris region, Plaisir is rather known as having a green thumb. This year, it offers many activities that are found in the “favourites” program. To discover the world of insects, meet on May 18. A game, a guided walk and a discovery of local insects are planned to address the theme of biodiversity in multiple facets. But if you’re not convinced, why not try something more original, like a discovery of nocturnal insects, on May 20, from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

If you like insects

Not a fan of ants, spiders, or small, many-legged creatures? No problem. On May 21, other universes will be offered to you: The forest and the trees, the aquatic world… and the protection of hedgehogs! Concrete for children who come across a hedgehog in distress in the garden or along the road.

If you want to go to these activities, don’t forget to book!

Aulon, in the 65

A hike from a village located at 1200 meters altitude in the Pyrenees, does that tempt you? In this case, come to Aulon from May 21 to 22. You can enjoy a long walk that will take you to an observatory that is 1450 meters above sea level. You will be alongside a guide with whom you can observe the fauna and flora. But the adventure does not end there. After dark, you will study the animals in the middle of the night by observing their footprints. Then sleep in a magnificent landscape by installing your bouviac in the heart of the International Starry Sky Reserve of the Pic du Midi.

What is a biouvac? It is a temporary and simple camp that allows a group of people to spend a night in a wild environment.

You will need to bring clothes, a sleeping bag and something to eat. Sunday breakfast will be provided by the Association la Frênette, manager of the regional nature reserve of Aulon.

If you are interested in landscapes

Le Barcarès, in the 66

On May 22, discover the lagoons near you with a webbed hike. Fun activities will also be offered, always on the theme of biodiversity. There will be two sessions: one from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and another from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. You will need your bathing suit and a towel, all equipment will be provided. The activity is accessible from 8 years old

Merry-Sur-Yonne, in the 89

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Aerial view of Merry-Sur-Yonne

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On May 21 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., come and discover the Yonne valley by canoe. You will leave from the coral reef of the Rochers du Saussois to go to Mailly-le-Château. Along the walk, you will study the fauna. For this activity, closed shoes and binoculars will be required.

The valley is at least 160 million years old, which promises an interesting narrative as to the geological evolution of the region.

Chalonnes-sur-Loire, in the 49

If you like to draw, why not mix street art and nature? Using chalk, you can write where you want. The goal is to draw attention to the weeds of the city. If you spot one, just scribble! You will have to let your imagination run wild. In addition to having a good time with the children, they will be able to learn everything there is to know about these plants. This activity can be done from 8 years old and will take place on May 22 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Bayonne, in the 64

See you on May 22 from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the gates of Bayonne in the Plaine d’Ansot, a protected natural area in a wetland. Head to the forest to understand how a camera trap works, the purpose of which is to observe wildlife. The activity is available from 7 years old.

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