SPNI’s Nationwide Urban Nature Week Celebration

Flamingos, Eilat. Photo Noam Weiss

From March 1-9, SPNI’s Urban Community Branches invite you to celebrate nature close to home!  Experience the beauty of Israel's urban nature with an array of free activities for all ages in 20 locations across the country.  Learn about the importance of nature conservation and join SPNI's efforts to protect and preserve urban nature for current and future generations.

The program might change according to weather conditions; browse the full and updated list of activities (in Hebrew) here.

Friday, 1 March

North

Abu-Tor Jerusalem. Amanda LindGivat Ha'Izim, Haifa – Hiking and foraging tour, craft workshop, and introduction to the local ecological corridors: Details  

Center

Modi'in – Navigation activity at one of the most important ecological corridors in Israel: Details

SPNI’s Gazelle Valley Park, Jerusalem – Activity for families at the park, a shining example of sustainability and conservation: Details

 

Saturday, 2 March

Center

Modi'in – Nature and archeology tour around ancient agriculture sites, foraging tutorial, and primer on unique local habitats: Details 

SPNI’s Jerusalem Bird Observatory, Jerusalem – Workshop on bird migration in the heart of the bustling city: Details

South

Abu-Tor Jerusalem. Amanda LindColonia Restaurant, Eilat – Evening discussion over drinks about bird migration and nature protection in urban areas: Details

 

Sunday, 3 March

Center

Abu-Tor Jerusalem. Amanda LindSPNI’s Gazelle Valley Park, Jerusalem – Birding tour at the park, a shining example of sustainability and conservation: Details 

South

SPNI’s Birding Research Center, Eilat – Early spring tour at an urban nature park of global importance: Details  


Monday, 4 March

North

Haifa Public meeting about the process of urban planning and how social and environmental values can be integrated into the planning process: Details

Center

Jerusalem – Round table discussion about the history of nature protection in Jerusalem: Details

Tuesday, 5 March

Center

Abu-Tor Jerusalem. Amanda LindAbu-Tor, Jerusalem – Spring celebration at the community garden of the Abu-Tor neighborhood: Details

SPNI’s Gazelle Valley Park, Jerusalem – Special activity for kindergartens at the park, a shining example of sustainability and conservation: Details  

Modi'in – Birding event in the community garden centered on observing local species and preparing bird feeding spots: Details

South

Flamingo pools, Eilat – Birding tour at Eilat's flamingo pools, home to a large variety of aquatic birds, including flamingos, seagulls, vultures, ducks and much more, guided by Noam Weiss, Director of SPNI's Eilat Ornithological Research Center: Details

Abu-Tor Jerusalem. Amanda LindBar-Giora Pub, Beer-Sheva – Evening discussion over drinks about renewable energy and climate change with SPNI expert Jeremy Ben-Shalom: Details

 

Wednesday, 6 March

Center

Levi Eshkol House, Headquarters of SPNI’s Urban Branch in Jerusalem – Recycling and gardening workshop for kids: Details

Abu-Tor Jerusalem. Amanda LindModi'in – An introduction to the fascinating world of the butterflies through a wealth of stories and pictures: Details   

South

Beer-Sheva – Tour of an abandoned quarry in the heart of the “Daled” neighborhood that has become a home to nesting birds, butterflies, mammals, and much more: Details

 

Friday, 8 March

North

Siach Creek, Haifa – Guided hike to one of the most beautiful creeks in Haifa along a route that is in full bloom: Details

Center

Sergeants Oak Grove, Netanya – Tour of the beautiful oak grove and adjacent seasonal winter pools guided by ecologists from the Netanya Municipality: Details

Abu-Tor Jerusalem. Amanda LindGerman Colony, Jerusalem – Tour of the German Colony’s many unique species of trees and a discussion on the importance of trees in the urban environment guided by Israel Galon from the Ministry of Agriculture: Details

Saturday, 9 March

North

KKL Park, Nesher, Haifa – Fun event for all ages, including hikes, crafts, games, wildlife monitoring and more: Details

Jisr az-Zarqa – Tour of the amazing coastal landscape next to the Jisr-Al-Zarqa fishermen village and Taninim stream estuary: Details

Center

Abu-Tor Jerusalem. Amanda LindTel-Michal, Herzliya – Tour of the Tel-Michal urban nature, including archeological ruins, winter pools and diverse flora and fauna protected and maintained by local senior residents in cooperation with SPNI: Details

Levi Eshkol House, Headquarters of SPNI’s Urban Branch in Jerusalem – Special screening of the award-winning movie "Petaltal: The Story of a River," featuring a discussion with Avi Levy, one of the movie's creators, about the history of the Yarkon Stream: Details   

Modi'in – Tour of Nabi Zakaria, a 1,200-year-old settlement sitting just above the Valley of the Monks, and a discussion about the tension between the developers and protectors of its open areas led by local residents: Details