Visiting a mire with children

The Geopark has several excursion sites that provide you with easy access to mire nature. Duckboards lead tiny explorers to the curious creatures and wonderous details of the mires.

Did you know that wetlands are home to sundews, nature’s plant oddities that eat insects? Searching for sundews and catching insects to feed them with is exciting. It is worth paying close attention to the things around you as there is life among the moss, and the most wonderful insects are flying between the gnarly pine trees.

In late summer, visitors can find delicious cloudberries to taste on tufts of peat moss. In the autumn, visitors can pick tangy cranberries full of vitamin.

Photo: Terttu Hermansson

The easily accessed excursion sites in the Geopark mires and useful excursion tips have been compiled in a brochure. The sites have services that make excursions go more easily, such as places to rest. There are campfire sites, where you can build a fire unless there is an active forest fire warning.

Lengths of the routes:

  • Aitoneva peat museum, nature trail 2 km
  • Kammi-kylä duckboard trail, 1 km back and forth
  • Katselmankallio – Haapajärvi farm duckboard trail, 7,2 km back and forth
  • Kauhalammin kierros duckboard trail 2,7 km
  • Kustaa the Elk’s nature trail 2 km
  • Peräkorpi, trail between Spitaalijärvi and Kivijata 4 km
  • Vaarinneva duckboard trail 2 km from the parking lot and back

Eating a packed meal is often the highlight of the excursion. Children can carry packed meals in their backpacks and sit down to eat on any wood stump.

You should favour durable and lightweight dishes on excursions. Litter can be prevented in advance, and you must take any rubbish generated during the excursion with you out of the wilderness.

Photo: Terttu Hermansson, Katikankanjoni, Kauhaneva-Pohjankangas National Park

You might sometimes get your socks wet or be surprised by rain when spending time on a mire. Packing an extra set of clothes in a watertight compartment ensures that even if you get wet, you can continue your excursion without a care.

If you stay on clearly marked routes, a general map is all you need for instructions during your excursion. Adventures outside marked routes require orienteering skills and using a more detailed map and compass.

When you prepare well, you will get fun experiences and memories from exploring the Geopark and make memories that stay with you for a long time.

Photo: Hanna Tuuri, Kustaa the Elk’s nature trail, Parkano

Main photo: Terttu Hermansson, Kauhaneva, Kauhaneva-Pohjankangas National Park