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Naturkundemuseum participates in Berlin's first low-barrier exhibition for outdoor environmental education

The nature park Schöneberger south area offers immediately blind and visually impaired visitors inclusive nature experience: As part of a pilot project, the already existing open-air exhibition "Bahnbrechende Natur" was supplemented by twelve tactile exhibits and audio offerings. The first barrier-free open-air exhibition for environmental education in Berlin was opened today by Stefan Tidow, State Secretary for the Environment and Climate Protection, together with Christoph Schmidt, Managing Director of Grün Berlin GmbH and Reiner Delgado, a speaker for the German Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (DBSV). The expansion of the open-air exhibition marks the beginning of an unprecedented low-barrier environmental education program in Berlin.

The templates of the insects and birds for the 3D graphics were provided by the application laboratory "Mediasphere For Nature" of the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin. In addition to the animal photos of nightingale, spotted woodpecker, kestrel, goldfinch, swallowtail, heather grasshopper and rust-colored mason bee, animal voices from the animal voice archive of the Museum für Naturkunde were also made available and the researchers provided advice and expertise. 

The environmental education program with texts in black writing and Braille is unique for blind and visually impaired visitors in parks and green spaces in Berlin. Using QR codes on the boards, visitors are guided to audio descriptions on the website of the Senate Department for the Environment, Transport and Climate Protection.

Information on the exhibition including audio files