Rangers invite Rangers to accompany them in their home protected area during their daily professional work before the Congress. You will then travel together to the Congress. More information on how to participate and where to register will become available soon.
Shadowing will be offered in the following protected areas:
The only National Park in the German Alps with its varied landscapes and breathtaking beauty is to be found in the Berchtesgadener Land. Here visitors can experience nature, learn about environmental protection while exploring this unspoiled reserve on well-marked hiking trails. Ever since its foundation in 1978, Germany's only alpine National Park has been a place where plants and wildlife remain untouched. The setting is unique: rugged cliffs, deep dark forests, wild torrents and glaciers, as well as peaceful green pastures, idyllic valleys, marmots, rare orchids, over 700 different kinds of butterflies, chamois, ibex, red deer and several pairs of golden eagles.
The wild beauty of the Black Forest, the magic of unspoilt nature, an environment of peace far from the stresses of modern life – all can be experienced by visiting the Black Forest National Park. On 1 January 2014, Baden-Württemberg’s first National Park was established – the forest between Baden-Baden and Freudenstadt, covering an area of around 10,000 hectares, can once again revert to its wild, natural state. Leave nature to nature – that’s the motto here. From the rare three-toed woodpecker to the bark beetle, there’s room for all in the National Park. The fastest bird in the world, the peregrine falcon, is also resident here as is Europe's smallest owl, the pygmy owl. Trees that usually reach only one-third of their natural lifespan in managed forests can now live for several hundred years before making way for the next generation. From what appears to be dead wood new life will sprout.
The Niederlausitzer Heidelandschaft Nature Park extends to the very south of Brandenburg. Extensive forests, meadows and pastures, fields on sandy soils and remnants of a busy mining industry characterise this cultural landscape on the river Schwarze Elster. Here you will find habitats for special animal and plant species. Even today you can walk in the footsteps of the Cistercian monks or follow paths into the bog, through forests rich in blueberries and to extensive heathland. The rich cultural and natural heritage and the still low number of visitors make this area particularly attractive for recreation and nature-compatible tourism, the promotion of which is one of the most important tasks of the nature park.
The natural and cultural landscape of the Bavarian Forest Nature Park, together with its diverse flora and fauna, continues to fascinate its residents and visitors who return again and again.
The unmistakable Bavarian Forest landscape, comprising extensive wooded areas, age old cultural heritage features, crystal clear streams and rivers and secret moors, awakes the desire to forget the stress of our technological world and to relax in an atmosphere of pure nature.
The wealth of diversity on offer has led to the area becoming one of the most popular holiday destinations in Germany. At the same time the increased pressure from tourism has led to worry over the long-term maintenance of the area's special charm.
Thus, one of the main aims of the Bavarian Forest Nature Park is, in addition to the protection and maintenance of nature and landscapes, to inform locals and tourists alike about the special features of the region, the risks posed to these features and how they can be protected for future generations.
By this means a relaxing experience in harmony with nature can be achieved.
The national park covers an area of 10,000 ha and is situated in the high altitudes of the Hunsrück. Hikers find a refuge for recreation here and nature conservationists find an important large protected area, where nature can be nature again.
Pristine forests and a species-rich flora and fauna characterize the picture. A low mountain range with almost endless forest areas characterizes the landscape and separates it from the surrounding, well-known wine-growing areas, the Moselle, the Rhine, the Nahe, and the Saar.
The Hunsrück-Hochwald National Park is a development national park. Step by step, nature is being left to take control here. Rare and disturbance-sensitive animal and plant species find the best living conditions. In addition to the black stork and black woodpecker, there is a high number of wild cats in the Hunsrück-Hochwald National Park. The Hunsrück is one of the main distribution areas of this endangered wild animal species throughout Germany.
Thanks to its remoteness, however, the National Park can also reveal the history of people from times long past like hardly any other landscape. The historical testimonies, such as the impressive ring wall of Otzenhausen, are often hidden deep in the woods and are thus preserved to this day.
The Jasmund National Park is located in the north-east of the federal state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, on the island of Rügen. There the protected area is located in the east of the peninsula of the same name between Sassnitz in the south and Lohme in the north. The national park area includes the forested Stubnitz ridge, which rises up to 161 m above sea level and is mainly built of chalk lime, the steep banks and a 500 m wide area of the Baltic Sea directly in front of the beach. Particularly striking for this national park and unique in Germany are the high chalk cliffs rising up to 118 m at the Königsstuhl. The national park has a size of 3,100 ha. Of this, 2,400 ha are occupied by land and 700 ha by water areas.
The Western Pomerania Lagoon Area National Park (Nationalpark Vorpommersche Boddenlandschaft) is Mecklenburg-Vorpommern's largest national park, situated at the coast of the Baltic Sea. It consists of several peninsulas, islands and lagoon shore areas in the Baltic Sea, belonging to the district of Vorpommern-Rügen.
The national park is characterised by very shallow water housing a unique coastal fauna. All portions of the national park are famous for being a resting place for tens of thousands of cranes and geese. Its area is 805 km².
Hainich is a ridge in Western Thuringia in the middle of the tri-city area of Eisenach, Bad Langensalza and Mühlhausen. With a surface area of 160 km2, it is the largest coherent deciduous woodland in Germany. Its southern part (75 km2) was designated as a national park on 31 December 1997.
You can witness a natural spectacle of a special kind in the Hainich. Magnificent deciduous trees, common beech in particular, reach up to the light. Rare breeds of animals raise their young here. Orchids grow in the shade of dense canopies. Hainich National Park is home to "Primeval woodland in the heart of Germany".
Thanks to the area's past as a military restricted zone, woodland dominated by the beech was able to develop here over decades, resembling those that would grow extensively in Central Europe without human interference. The National Park has the largest unused area of deciduous woodland in Germany, around 50 km2. Here, nature is left to its own devices.
In order to preserve the unique nature between the Uckermark and Lausitz, between the Oder and Elbe rivers, the State of Brandenburg established the Stiftung Natur-SchutzFonds Brandenburg more than 20 years ago. Since then it has been committed to nature conservation, together with the rangers of the Brandenburg Ranger Service.
In 1979, the Vessertal was recognised by UNESCO as a biosphere reserve. Since then it has been part of the world network of biosphere reserves. After an increase in area in 1986 and 1990 as part of the GDR's national park programme, it was extended in 2016 in accordance with the current "Criteria for the Recognition and Monitoring of UNESCO Biosphere Reserves in Germany". Today's Biosphere Reserve Thuringian Forest is a characteristic landscape section of the Thuringian Forest. It is representative of the Central European low mountain ranges - the area of around 33,700 ha complies with national and international guidelines. The biosphere reserve is characterised by a high proportion of forest (about 84%). The biosphere reserve is a hotspot of biological diversity. Numerous areas belong to the European system of protected areas NATURA-2000. 55% of the biosphere reserve are also important bird sanctuaries and about 23% of the area is FFH (Flora-Fauna-Habitat).