Učka Nature Park Officially Opens Tourist Center

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HRTurizam reports, the center was built with the reconstruction and rehabilitation of an old, devastated, and abandoned farm building in the center of the Park and is located at 930 meters above sea level, making it unique on a local and global scale.

The primary purpose of the Poklon Center for Visitors is educational and interpretive, through raising visitors’ awareness of the importance of nature and the need for its active protection, so the facility itself is designed to serve as a multipurpose. Thus, on about 1,200 m2 of space, interpretive, educational, tourist and office facilities found their place, namely: souvenir shop, reception hall, conference hall, space for occasional exhibitions, office space for the work of the Public Institution, cafe-bar, and economic facilities and garages. There is also a large classroom divided into four units that symbolize the four seasons, which is intended to conduct educational programs with the youngest visitors.

The centerpiece is certainly the permanent museum exhibition on the ground floor, which, in a modern and interactive way, teaches visitors about the natural and cultural values ​​of the Nature Park and the surrounding area and the need for its protection and preservation.

“During the design and construction of the center, the most modern technological solutions in terms of energy efficiency were applied. In addition to renovating the existing dilapidated building, we were guided by sustainable development and business guidelines through natural materials such as stone, glass, and wood. Museum content is even more complex and innovative. In the museum, we currently have a unique exhibition, Mountain, a kinetic table of the Učka model composed of about 30,000 pins that simultaneously make projections of different views, spatial and temporal changes on Učka, and our visitors can fly with bats, get to know the plant and animal species living in the Park or enjoy the 360 ​​views from the top of Vojak”, said Egon Vasilić, director of the Public Institution Nature Park Učka.

The Visitor Center opening in the Učka Nature Park, which covers ​​Istria and Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, is also important for reducing seasonality, i.e., extending the tourist season in this important tourist area. Thus, in the future, the Center will be the starting point for further research of the nature of the Učka region, which many nature lovers will enjoy.

“With the opening of this facility, the Učka Nature Park moves to a completely new, year-round level of work and activities, especially in the field of interpretation, education, and organization of the system of visiting informed and educated visitors,” concluded Vasilić.

The Center opens its doors to all nature lovers today (Wednesday, May 26, 2021), the working hours of the center will be every day from 9 am to 5 pm, and the ticket price is 50 kuna. 

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