Dokka Delta Days - Secondary schools

Every year towards the end of May there is an annual educational arrangement for secondary schools in the county. The aim of the arrangement is to provide the students with a basic understanding and respect for life in the wetlands, whilst they also discover the many exciting outdoor activities that can take place in the fjord. The use of and the conservation of the area are important principles for the arrangement, and we aim to foster a sense of joy of doing activities out in nature, especially in and around the wonderful Dokka Delta nature reserve. Through practical exercises and activities, the youngsters get a first-hand experience of all the life in and around the water and in the wetlands.

Different stakeholders work together to arrange the field-days in the Dokka Delta nature reserve, which are organised into five different "stations". The central themes to these activities are fish biology, ecology and how interactions between organisms and elements lead to healthy conditions and a productive fjord with robust fish populations. At each of the stations, the students get to take part in one or more practical activities – answering questions connected to the relevant topic. The five stations have the following five topics.

- fish species in Randsfjorden

- Guided paddling tours and taking measurements of the water in the delta

- Fish and fish dissections

- preparing the day’s catch for lunch

These excursions provide the students with a good insight into the relationships that exist in nature. The area is an excellent example of how human activities have moulded the local environment, and how it affects the area’s biodiversity. Many of the results from the field-days are used in monitoring programmes for the Dokka Delta nature reserve and is therefore extremely useful when it comes to protecting the environment for both humans and wildlife. The teaching at each station is conducted by DNV, "Friluftsliv og Fiske I Land", "Søndre Land jeger og fisk", Land’s Museum and the Norwegian Nature Inspectorate (SNO). All contribute with their specialist competencies during these days to create a holistic and broad teaching programme with a lot of emphasis on practical activities. Teachers from the schools participate, offering their expertise in areas such as science, geography, social studies and physical education.

Net fishing is a popular station. 

 

Dokka secondary school has experienced that many of its students have never fished, paddled or used the nature reserve for outdoor activities, even if they live in the area. For many students, it is a novel and exciting experience to fish and then take part in preparing and eating a freshly caught pike. Such an experience can kick-start a love of fishing and taking part in outdoor activities, as well as healthy eating and lifestyle choices. It helps to make people more curious about nature and activities in and around the fjord and in other wetlands.

 

The arrangement is very popular and the demand is growing every year. We at DNV hope that we will be able to make the arrangement available to more schools in the future. 

Alastair Brown from the Land's Museum showing students around in the Dokka Delta.  

 

 Volunteers from "Friluftsliv og Fiske i Land" talking about traditional fishing techniques.  

 

Everyone gets the chance to capture insects at the water's edge, and determine the species afterwards.