development of the CASPAR Center is closely linked with five parks (the
Danube Park, Tikvara, Sonsbeek, Goffert
and Kamenica Park), i.e.the three geographical
points: Novi Sad, Backa Palanka and the Netherlands.
1999, after a few "ecological" walks with the primary-school
kids in the Danube Park, Zoran Novakovic (the founder of the
Center), came upon an idea how the immediate surrounding can be
used in educating children. This idea resulted in a "Guidebook
to Danube Park" (the book that has had two Serbian editions and
an English one so far, and it has been actively used in Novi Sad
as a handbook for working with children).
this way, the initial concept was born and the staff nucleus for
the future Center for education of children in nature attracted
to join in.
Between 1999 and 2004, the creative ecological workshops were
organized and started within the program of the Kids Ecological
Theatre Festival in Backa Palanka by the future members of the
CASPAR Center. In this way, ORDINARY EXTRAORDINARY WALK concept
was tested in practice. The said workshops held in the Tikvara
Nature Park were recorded on film tapes.
some members of the future Center had visited the Netherlands where they
learned about some new approaches in educating kids on ecology and got
acquainted with people who were ready for collaboration (this was a
driving impulse for founding the Center in 2004 and for selecting its
name). As a result of this collaboration, the Caspar Foundation was
initiated in the Netherlands in 2005 and it has since played a crucial
role in achieving the goals of the Center.
Influenced by some experiences from the
Netherlands, we have come to understand that the Kamenica Park is an
ideal place for carrying out our ideas and that kids living in the
Children’s Village, situated at the brink of this park, are ideal for
testing our concept in practice.