Visit one of our Projects
We invite you to spend part of your upcoming trip with us to see a different side of Israel, to marvel at our natural beauty and biodiversity, and learn how with your support we are able to protect Israel's nature.
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Projects to Visit
Gazelle Valley - Jerusalem
When planning your itinerary, be sure to include a visit to Gazelle Valley Park, a world-class example of how nature can be curated to improve the quality of life in a city. The Gazelle Valley is a former orchard that was saved from construction and rehabilitated as Jerusalem’s biggest open park – home to 30 endangered Israeli mountain gazelle that roam freely across a square kilometer of land in perfect harmony with visitors. Within the Valley, a newly created, artificial wetland system purifies sewage water from the surrounding neighborhoods attracts waterfowl and migrating birds.
Nili and David Jerusalem Bird Observatory - Jerusalem, Sderot Rothschild
Visiting the Jerusalem Bird Observatory is a perfect accompaniment to a tour of Israel’s parliament, as it is located directly adjacent to the Knesset building. If you choose to visit, make sure to do so early in the morning to participate in one of our bird ringing activities. You will never forget the thrill of releasing a bird back into the wild. Our bird ringing is popular with both children and adults visiting from abroad. During your visit you’ll also learn about Israel’s importance to global bird populations, how urban nature creates livable cities, and the many ways that Israeli innovation protects birds and uses them in co-existence efforts.
Levi Eshkol House - Jerusalem, Beit Maimon Street
Enjoy a guided tour of a place where history was made. This newly restored heritage site, now SPNI's Jerusalem headquarters, was the official residence of Israel’s first Prime Ministers David Ben Gurion, Levi Eshkol and Golda Meir (and the site of her famous "kitchen cabinet"). The official exhibition of Levi Eshkol’s life and achievements includes an interactive exhibit and a dramatic 17 minute documentary that focuses on Levi Eshkol’s masterful nation-building and his handling of the Six Day War. A visit can also include a discussion of environmental challenges in Israel's capital, as the Levi Eshkol House is also serves as a center for environmental activism in the city.
Rosh Tzippur, Tel Aviv, Ganei Yeshoshua
This riverside walk through a short section of Tel Aviv’s major park tells the story of Israel’s water supply. Starting at the Tel Aviv pumping stations, you’ll learn about their construction and the impact it had on the river and city, the tragic story of a bridge collapse at the Maccabiah Games (Jewish Olympics), and the processes that have cleaned up the river since then. As part of this process, a newly created artificial wetland has become a haven for birds and rare amphibians and introduces young Israelis to the environment. As part of this tour, you’ll have a chance to learn how the wetland was constructed as part of Israel’s newest urban nature attraction.
International Birding and Research Center Eilat
SPNI's International Birdwatching and Research Center of Eilat" (IBRCE) was founded in the early 1990's just north of Eilat on what was once an industrial waste site, and is an example of cooperation between the local municipalities and the SPNI. Now situated in a healthy, thriving salt marsh, the Center is one of the most unique and important birding sites in the country. Eilat and the Southern Arava are situated on the northern border of the Saharo-Arabian desert strip. Spring migrants arrive at Eilat immediately after crossing the Sahara, making the region a critical stopover site for millions of birds.
The IBRCE focuses on research and monitoring of migrant birds, eco-tourism activities, as well as different bird related services to the local population (farmers, the city of Eilat), as well as any other matters relating to the interaction between birds and man. The IBRCE Park features a handicap accessible boardwalk, several trails and a set of well situated hides overlooking the various habitats of the part. Here, our birding experts will relate the incredible story of Israel's bird migrations and the special role of Eilat.