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Gewählte Master / Diploma Thesis:

Nadine Mühringer (2012): Lehrpfade, Themen- und Erlebniswege aus der Sicht ihrer BetreiberInnen Eine Untersuchung hinsichtlich Motivation und Erwartungshaltung anhand ausgewählter Beispiele in Österreich.
Master / Diploma Thesis - Institut für Landschaftsentwicklung, Erholungs- und Naturschutzplanung (ILEN), BOKU-Universität für Bodenkultur, pp 103. UB BOKU obvsg

Data Source: ZID Abstracts
Nature trails do not only offer their visitors a great day trip, they also describe several themes of environmental education, cultural history, nature conservation and protection of species. They lead visitors to different sites, landscapes, sights and world jewels, provide information, impart experiences, explain ecological links and deliver insight into diversified natural and cultural landscapes. They afford amusement and outdoor leisure and establish nevertheless a relationship to the nature. Especially nature trails with interactive and sensory methods sensibilise, boost activity and pique the visitor’s curiosity. The motives of the construction of nature trails are carried out as a result of different ideas and aims. The aim of this diploma thesis is to identify objectives, motivations and expectations of operators for the construction of nature trails. A special focus was put on finding discrepancies between the operators. To answer these questions semi-structured expert interviews were conducted with 18 nature trail operators, including national and natural park operators, associations, communities and private persons. The results demonstrated that the main objectives for the construction of nature trails were to enhance environmental education and improve visitor guidance. Economic motives were of little importance. Further significant aims were the provision of additional leisure time facilities as well as increased interest of and information for the population. This study did not find great differences in the objectives and motivations between the four groups of operators. Most of the interviewees looked upon their nature trails favourably and had similar aims. The majority of the interviewees was also highly pleased with the success of their nature trails and confirmed that their original expectations and aims could for the main part be met.

Beurteilende(r): Arnberger Arne
1.Mitwirkender: Eder Renate

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