Nature Holidays celebrates its 20th anniversary

Between May and October, the nature of Calvados presents its most beautiful, richest and most authentic features. In the heart of a forest or through a swamp, in a conservatory or near a spring, on the banks of the Orne or snorkeling banks, on the beach at low tide or on the heights of Swiss Normandy, visitors discover it with a guide who shares his experience and passion.

The ever-growing number of partners offers a wide range of outings for everyone, to discover the natural riches and hidden treasures of the department on foot, by bike, kayak, boat or horse drawn carriage.

This year, 55 ENS hikes are set to plunge visitors and more experienced walkers into the heart of the most beautiful spots, in order to reveal their most intimate secrets: the swamps of Ver-Meuvaines, the Ajon Valley, the cliffs of the Black Cows, the Pont ès Retours waterfalls, etc.

An anniversary in the house of nature and estuary

Since you’re not 20 every day, the Calvados Department organizes Afternoon Entertainment (2pm-6pm) at the Maison de la Nature et de l’Estuaire (MNE) in Sallenelles with its educational balloon presentation. In addition to immersing yourself and enjoying the delicate natural space of the Orne Estuary, visit the museum and its exhibition ” Plankton, show me the invisible Planète Sciences will offer educational, fun and scientific workshops to discover how a hot air balloon works.

Workshops for children aged 6-10 years (45 minutes)

Realization of a helium-powered hot air balloon model to understand the difference in density between gases, and work on your ability to follow a plan and build a functional technical object.

Workshops for children aged 10-16 years

Implementation of a hot air balloon to understand the principle of lifting and to realize a complex technical object that includes precise instructions on a technical level as well as on safety concepts.

The main characters

  • 20And Editing
  • 183 different events in 835 dates
  • 55 outputs in 27 ENs
  • 23 Walking and hiking
  • 3 permanent exhibitions and 5 temporary exhibitions including “A Walk Through Sensitive Landscapes” at the gates of Bertrand Boulevard from May to end of August
  • 47 partners including 11 offshore facilities

Some tours not to be missed

“Rowing at Elle”

After the Elle Trail, this kayak excursion in the middle of the Calvados is perhaps one of the best ways to spend time discovering Isigny-sur-Mer and its surroundings, among land, sea, and swamps, with a guide. .

Until August 31, Wednesday at 2 p.m. and Friday at 10 a.m., they meet at a place called “La Bouillotte” in Neuilly-La-Forêt. reservation. 12 euros

“Walk in the Land of the Bark”

There are as many bark as there are trees, let’s rediscover this diversity by touch! Accompanied by the organizers of the Jardin des Plantes and Crépan, you will be able to discover the bark of the trees of the Jardin des Plantes in a sensory way, together with the visually impaired and the blind together with the Cécitix association.

Saturday 15th October at 2:30 pm In the Botanical Garden of Caen.

(500m / 2h) – Level 1 – Free

Bota Sophro on the coast of D-Day Beaches

Two Estelle, a botanist, a safflowerist and guide, and a lover of nature and its treasures will accompany you on this excursion near the D-Day beaches. A friendly moment associated with well-being for an invigorating moment.

Saturday, October 22 at 2:30 pm – reservation. (3 km / 2 hours) – Level 2 (Not suitable for children – 7 years old)

black rock cliffs

On the coastal path, the Géo Paléo Archéo de Houlgate invites you to discover this little-known site, a fascinating heritage that reveals a natural geological section of the Pays d’Auge.

Monday 25 July 2:30 PMAppointment: Villerville Tourism in Villerville (4 km / 2 h 30 min)

Level 2 – Adult: €5 / Child: €2 (-15 years old)

Wins a hot air balloon baptism competition for two

A contest to win baptism for two will be conducted by drawing a lot of satisfaction questionnaires for the nature sanctuary. The draw will take place after October 31, 2022 and the flight can only take place in 2023.

The online survey will be available at In the coming days.

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