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Youth Board at Gesäuse National Park

Youth Board

The Gesäuse National Park founded a youth advisory board with the support of the Grazer Wechselseitige Versicherungs youth brand "GRAWE sidebyside". Behind the somewhat unwieldy title "Youth Advisory Council" stands an innovative idea. The aim is to initiate or implement small projects with an own budget. Through the cooperation with GRAWE, the young people have the opportunity of actively executing projects. The advisory board consists of young people between 15 and 29 years who are interested in nature conservation and public relations, have a voice and want to get involved.

You want to join in?

Contact the national park jugendbeirat@nationalpark-gesaeuse.at with the keyword "Jugendbeirat"!

Team of the youth board

NPG -side by side

Fabian Gruber

living in: Ardning
born: 1997
education: student
personal connection to Gesäuse National Park: The National Park delivers different attractions for nature lovers like me.

Heinz Peterherr Jugendbeirat Nora Landl 22_ NPG-min

Nora Landl

living in: Graz/Admont
born: 1996
education: Student of applied physical geography and mountain research
Personal connection to Gesäuse National Park: I grew up in Admont and in the mountains surrounding, therefore I try to keep to my roots.

Heinz Peterherr Jugendbeirat Sabrina Graf 18_ NPG-min

Sabrina Graf

living in: Hall bei Admont
born: 1993
job: marketing & sales expert
Personal connection to Gesäuse National Park: From my early ages on I developed the Gesäuse National Park.


Marius Hollinger

living in: Admont
born: 2001
education: civil servant
Personal Connection to Gesäuse National Park: The area of Gesäuse National Park and especially its rocks are like my second living room.


Vanessa Hollinger

living in: Graz/Admont
born: 1997
education: primary school teacher
Personal connection to Gesäuse National Park: I grew up in Admont and since I live in the city of Graz for my studies, my fascination for the National Park kept growing.

Heinz Peterherr Jugendbeirat Stefanie Zefferer 23_ NPG-min

Stefanie Zefferer

living in: Graz/Rottenmann
born: 1996
education: Student of applied physical geography and mountain research
Personal connection to Gesäuse National Park: from my early ages the Gesäuse mountains and those special rock formations kept my interest.

projects of the youth board

Interesting facts from the world of ticks

Tick monitoring

At the end of October 2020, the first tick monitoring in the Gesäuse National Park was launched and supported by the Youth Advisory Council. For this, 9 sites at different altitudes and exposures were sampled for ticks. In total, 197 passes were made and 422 ticks were collected. In addition, data on weather, time of day, temperature, and humidity were collected at ground level and at 130 cm. The sampling was carried out by interns and rangers of the National Park and ended in October 2021. The ticks were then sent to AGES for determination. In addition, the distribution of tick species related to season and altitude will be evaluated.


Nature education in a playful way

Endemic coloring book

Already in 2017 to 2019, a project on photography and identification of endemic insects and arachnids was supported by the GRAWE sidebyside Youth Advisory Council. This year, the focus was on the creative implementation and communication of the topic "endemics". The result is a coloring book with endemic species from the Gesäuse, enriched with little knowledge bites. Each species is presented with an ability that distinguishes it from others. The coloring book is intended to serve as a tool for nature and environmental education staff when teaching children about nature.


A children's book from pictures of photo traps

The whole forest is looking for Theresa

With this book, the photos of the photo traps that are set up in the Gesäuse National Park should no longer remain closed to children and parents. The photo traps help to find out how the animals of our forest behave when they feel unobserved. With the story "The whole forest is looking for TheREHsa", the theme of safety is brought to the fore and the book also aims to raise awareness of environmental protection. The book is available at the Infobüro Admont.


the little crawling

The winning pictures were awarded prizes at the Lichtbildgipfel Gesäuse on April 26, 2018. Our jury was very impressed by the quality of the pictures and the passion of the nature photographers.
We are grateful for our sponsor GRAWE sidebyside, who supported us in the competition and also participated in the judging of the pictures. We would like to thank Olympus, Dachstein and Gesäuse National Park for providing the material prizes. A big thank you also goes to all the photographers and specialists who took part in the identification of the submitted animals!


lynx monitoring

For several years now, lynx from the neighbouring Kalkalpen National Park have been regularly spotted in Gesäuse National Park. The presence of the cat is confirmed by means of photo traps and individual specimen have even been identified. Besides these shy felines, other animals are also captured on photos. It remains to be seen which pictures will be taken there.
Service of the youth advisory board: Financing of 3 cameras. Development of a children's story with the pictures of animal from the photo traps.


Gesäuse National Park Podcast

Since 2018 the broadcasts of the National Park Radio are not only available online(Cultural Broadcasting Archive)but also as podcasts on various channels. Spotify, YouTube and Soundcloud .
Service of the Youth Advisory Council: Editing broadcasts and podcasts.


biotope maintenance

In the summer of 2017, the Youth Advisory Council organized a campaign on neophyte management.
Young people from the Admont Refugee Home assisted in repressing invasive species for one day.
We’d like to thank the partner companies Gesäuse Perle and Hallerbäck for the donations as well as the market town of Admont with former Mayor Hermann Watzl.
Service of the youth advisory council: organization, payment of the auxiliary staff, press work.



Bylaws youth board - german only

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We would like to say a big thank you to our sponsors - Grazer Wechselseitige Versicherung, Dachstein and Olympus - for their generous support of the Grawe SidebySide Youth Advisory Board as our projects would not be possible without their assistance.