How can marteloscopes contribute to forest and science education? An interview with Lisa Hafer, WaldHaus Freiburg

One of the main goals of MULTIPLIERS is to empower students through science education to participate in decision-making matters that affect their lives. The project will develop learning activities with real-life challenges as starting points, giving students access to authentic settings to make science classes more concrete and engaging. Activities will be based on six main themes, ranging from air pollution to anti-microbial resistance and vaccination.

As part of our ”Forest use Vs. Forest protection” theme, hands-on trainings will take place in so-called marteloscope sites. There, all trees will be numbered, mapped and recorded so that their ecological and economic value can be investigated in training and educational exercises in the forest. Visits to marteloscopes will give students insights into the typical dilemmas of a forester, allowing them to develop critical thinking around sustainable forest management issues and sustainability-related topics in general.

To explore the potential contribution of marteloscopes to forest education, MULTIPLIERS partner EFI (European Forest Institute) interviewed forest educator Lisa Hafer, from the forest education center WaldHaus Freiburg, in Germany. In the interview, she explained how learning about forests can impact the lifestyles and consumption patterns of students and their families. She also shared tips on how to get them interested in forestry and revealed why all those fighting for the climate should also be passionate about forest education.

Read the full interview here.

Lisa Hafer is leader of the WaldKlimaRaum project at the WaldHaus Freiburg and works as a researcher at the University of Freiburg