2022

01.-03.

July

Võru county

International camp at Karula National Park: Himalayan balsam

This camp will be carried out in English and the participants will be from various countries. The Himalayan balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) is a non-native invasive plant species that has spread to Estonian nature from the gardens. It spreads quickly and competes with the local flora for habitats, forcing the latter to disappear.
  • Sold out
verev lemmmalts, võõrliikide tõrje

2022

03.-06.

July

Valga county

International camp at Otepää Nature Park: Himalayan balsam

This camp will be carried out in English and the participants will be from various countries. The Himalayan balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) is a non-native invasive plant species that has spread to Estonian nature from the gardens. It spreads quickly and competes with the local flora for habitats, forcing the latter to disappear.
  • 21 €
  • 10 group size
  • Accommodation in house on mattresses
  • Kõigile jõukohane
verev lemmmalts, võõrliikide tõrje

2022

14.-17.

July

Jõgeva county

International camp at Lohusuu: spadefoot toad

This camp will be carried out in English and the participants will be from various countries. The spadefoot toad is nocturnal and spends its days digging deep into the surface. Therefore, the spadefoot prefers habitats where the soil is grainy, for example, vegetable gardens and sandy areas. The toad emerges at night to feast on invertebrates such as spiders, ants, and beetles. Its tadpoles are the biggest in Estonia and can grow up to 13 cm long!
  • Sold out
mudakonn

2022

10.-14.

August

Saare county

International camp on the island of Abruka: Baltic dunlin

This camp will be carried out in English and the participants will be from various countries. The Baltic dunlin is a subspecies of the dunlin. The population of these birds has decreased immensely in Estonia, partly as a consequence of an increased number of predators which inhabit the bushes and trees in the overgrown meadows. The Baltic dunlin relies on open coastal areas for feeding and breeding.
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niidurüdi, rannaniit, poollooduslik kooslus
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Conservation holidays take place mainly in Estonian

The conservation holidays that are marked as "International" will take place in English. Other conservation holidays will take place in Estonian. Most of our group leaders speak English, so it is possible to join Estonian-speaking conservation holidays. However, one must take into account that local volunteers in the group will probably converse mainly in Estonian. If You have any questions, please contact talgukontor@elfond.ee.

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Conservation holidays

are becoming more and more popular throughout the world. It’s a way of holidaying that combines recreational activities with much needed conservation work. ELF Conservation Holidays or talgud consist of voluntary conservation work, getting to know the area, a hike and meeting the local ranger or guide. Holidays normally lasts 3-5, but sometimes up to 10 days. Evening activities include camp-fires and saunas.

Booking

The descriptions are available in Estonian site. Modern online translation tools can be helpful for finding out more about the events. If you don't speak any Estonian, we advise you to contact us via talgukontor@elfond.ee before booking a place.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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History of ELFi talgud

Estonian Fund for Nature (ELF) started organizing voluntary activities in 2001. Since then we have held 819 events on different sites, with more than 13 650 participants who contributed over 119 100 hours of work. Conservation holiday is called TALGUD in Estonian.

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