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  13.03.2019, 19:58h

New educational walking trail in Krka National Park

Be active on the upper course of the Krka River

Pupils of the 3rd and 4th grades of the Kistanje Primary School were “officially” appointed “Little Rangers” of the nature surrounding their homes. This was decided on Wednesday, 13 March 2019 at a Little Rangers workshop to mark the opening of three new educational walking trails in the upper course of the Krka River. The children gathered at the place where two of the trails begin: Pištavac – Trošenj, 5 700 m in length, that leads from the reception area for the Krka monastery to the medieval fortress at the edge of the canyon, while the second trail, Pištavac, 850 m long, starts at the same place and heads downhill towards the water. On the opposite side of the Krka River, the trail Perice has been opened. This trail is 1 800 m long, and starts from Nečven and leads down to the Bibić cascades, with a view of both the fortresses guarding the canyon, Nečven and Trošenj.

What is common to all three trails is that they connect the tiny settlements of the Kistanje municipality with the banks of the Krka River. When the bridge is constructed to reconnect the two fortresses Nečven and Trošenj, this will mean better mutual connections and advancement for the two municipalities of Promina and Kistanje.

“These trails are intended, above all, for the local population, as an outing destination for families, a place where children can learn about the valuable natural, cultural and historical heritage in their own backyard. The Public Institute of Krka National Park is aimed to revitalise the old farmer's trails in order to open knew trails of knowledge about our history, and to deepen the awareness of the importance of active time spent outdoors. These new trails, when added to the existing trails along the Krka monastery and viewpoint, create an excursion destination in a unique area with a deep canyon and calm wetland of exceptional biodiversity,” stated Nella Slavica, director of the Public Institute of Krka National Park.

The Kistanje Primary School today has 15 classes and 231 pupils, and works in two shifts. These children are the future of this region, and it is worthwhile teaching them at a young age about the values they are surrounded by. Conserving and presenting these resources is sure to contribute to the stronger development of the entire region.

The trails are equipped with educational panels providing information about the diversity of the plant and animal life found along the trails.

“The rocks and cliffs of the upper Krka River are habitat for 22 bird species, and this area is especially important for the survival and stability of birds of prey. The surroundings include rocky grasslands and cultivated lands that were shaped by humans, thus affecting the biodiversity of plant species. The medieval fortresses Nečven and Trošenj bear witness to the tumultuous medieval period. They were constructed at the very edges of the canyon, and today are considered cultural and historical monuments of the highest category. The Public Institute of Krka National Park is working to research, write and educate, so that our children can recognise the birds and differentiate the amphibians, and understand why and how to conserve the environment. So that they can learn about the feats of the famed knights Šubić and Nelipić, and about the wealth of history in this area,” stated expert advisor at the Public Institute of Krka National Park, Dr. Drago Marguš.

The total value of the works to construct these trails is HRK 2,523,733.39.