What is ecological education?
NIE is a professional ecological education institution that provides hands-on education through
various exhibition/research facilities and ecological areas.
NIE operates various programs that emphasize the importance of preservation/restoration of an
ecosystem and the close relationships among elements of the ecosystem.
Qualified experts and teachers who have a wealth of educational experience offer visitors a precious opportunity to learn
about the value of an ecosystem through various programs.
NIE's Educational Objectives
Development of abilities to preserve an ecosystem, increased educational opportunities to experience an ecosystem, and development of experts in ecology
Theme of NIE's Ecological Education
What is an ecosystem?
An ecosystem is a unit of a biome and environmental elements surrounding it. The balance of an ecosystem is maintained through circulation in which elements exchange substances
and through the flow of energy such as conversion/movement. An ecosystem is varied in terms of types and sizes such as a small pond, a stream, grass, a forest, a mountain,
a wetland, a desert, coast, a city, a rural area, biosphere, etc.
Ecological experience incorporating all five senses
NIE offers various ecological environments such as the Ecorium (greenhouse), a wetland, and the Korean peninsula forest. NIE's educational programs not only provide ecological theories but also hands-on experiences based on five senses, focused on "real experiences." You can develop an inquiring mind and basic scientific skills through outdoor experiences, nature observation, and making, as well as learn about in-depth ecology including science of climate change and ecological restoration. We invite you to experience NIE's ecological programs that stimulate all five senses.
Benefits from an ecosystem may refer to useful things that we can receive from it. Humans receive various tangible/intangible benefits through processes that sustain life, which ensures substantiality of human beings. An ecosystem provides materials for humans' esthetic and cultural activities and also alleviates environmental disasters through supply of food/oxygen, absorption of carbon dioxide, control of climate/atmosphere, provision of a habitat, decomposition of waste, and so forth. Benefits of an ecosystem are largely divided into support, supply, control, and culture, which are closely related with each other. We invite you to learn about the various benefits from an ecosystem.
Climate change and destruction of an ecosystem is threatening the survival of humans. Climate change such as global warming is expected to result in extinction of 1/4 of species on earth within 50 years. We need organic connection of damaged ecosystems, preservation, and restoration in order to ensure biodiversity and continuity of functions of an ecosystem. NIE has performed various research activities for such preservation and restoration. You can review the status of research on ecological restoration and even learn restoration methods through experiments or practical exercise.
Biome is a geographical unit that can identify an ecosystem that has adapted to a unique climate, and a biome is classified mainly depending on a climate (temperature, rainfall, etc.). NIE's educational programs allow you to understand ecosystems (biome) according to varying climates on earth and to experience such biome through the Ecorium, enriching knowledge of ecosystems.
When we are sick, the body temperature rises from 36.7℃ to 37℃. Our body sends a signal that we are sick even with the slight increase of 0.3℃. This can be the same with the earth. Climate change with temperature rising has endangered the ecosystem and this, in turn, has led to destruction of biodiversity. When we learn about the impact of climate change on the ecosystem, we can understand it in a macroscopical manner and raise our awareness about environmental conservation.
By trying to find answers to questions such as "How can we calculate an output of a producer and an amount of decomposition done by a decomposer?"; "How does an ornithologist calculate the number of birds flying in the sky?"; and "How can a botanist conduct a study on plants distribution?" ? we can experience varied methods of studying an ecosystem and become an ecologist. By understanding the relation between plants distribution and animal inhabitation, we can experience such investigation/research methods from the viewpoint of an ecologist.