The Vackor Vár Forest School was established by the KEFAG Zrt and the Kecskemét Directorate of the State Forest Service in order to help people learn more about forestry and the importance of forests. The Forestry Office of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has supported our efforts. The Vackor Vár Forest School opened in May 2003 with the cooperation of the above institutions and the financial support of the State
The forest school is situated in the Nyíri forest near Kecskemét-Hetényegyháza in one of the most beautiful sand-steppe oak grove forests of the Danube-Tisza Interfluve. The main objective of the forest school is to raise the environmental awareness and consciousness of 6-18-year-old children. It provides programmes for all age groups. 46 people may sleep in the impressive building complex (nine 4-bed and five double rooms with separate toilets and showers) and the restaurant can serve 48 people.
Awareness raising activities take place on 26 hectares of the more than one thousand hectare Nyíri forest. Visitors may get acquainted with the flora and fauna of forests, forestry activities and forest management through guided tours and field trips. Fallow deer, roe deer, wild boar, rabbit, fox, squirrel, several bird species and small game may be seen in their natural habitat from high stands.
Informative signs along the 1848-metre-long nature trail inform visitors about forest wildlife. The Nyíri Forest House is a monument to the memory of the heroes of the Hungarian revolution and war of independence in 1848-49. The nearby Saint Huberus Chapel is also a beautiful building. A wooden castle (“Vackor-vár”) and a football field and basketball court in the forest promote active recreation.
Visitors may also try their hand at folk crafts, including ceramics, bread baking, spinning and weaving and felt-making with local folk artists.
The Arboretum in Kecskemét provides a venue for the forest school. Nature trails informing visitors about local climatic and soil conditions and the flora and fauna, or observations at the automatic meteorological station make the educational programmes diverse and colourful.
Public schools may apply for funds to participate in overnight forest school camps.
H-6044 Kecskemét, Belsőnyír 202.
Tel.: +36 76/706-060