Discovering the forest of Cholomontas through its paths
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( Daily, Two-day, Three-day, Four-day programme )

Arnaia is built at the foot of Mount. Cholomontas and access to the forest is easy and short. Cholomontas (1165 m.) is characterized by a special beauty and is, ecologically speaking, invaluable. It is covered with beech, oak, chestnut, black pine and fir-trees. There are also rare ecosystems as well as single species, such as linden trees, ash trees, and maple trees creating a diverse landscape. Cholomontas is also distinguished for its rich fauna and bird fauna. Roes, wild boars, hares, foxes, jackals, wolves dwell in its forests, as well as many kinds of birds. Some of the most characteristic are the black stork, the snake eagle, the golden eagle and the honey buzzard.

Because of the special characteristics of flora, fauna and the landscape itself , a great part of Cholomontas (300.000 square meters) has been evaluated as a valuable biotope for the protection of bird species and of their habitat and has been listed, along with six other areas of Greece, under the category of specially protected natural areas.

Through the programme “Discovering the forest of Cholomontas through its paths” students approach nature’s economy, the rules and the laws that govern it.


The aims that this programme pursues are that the students:

  • become acquainted with the forest ecosystem
  • understand the biodiversity , the food chain and the interaction between animal and plant organisms
  • realize the economic, social and cultural dimensions the forest has in people’s everyday lives
  • identify human intervention with the advantages it has and the dangers it entails for the forest itself
  • establish the ability they have as active citizens to act individually and collectively for its protection

The programme entails :

Theoretical approach of the notion of forest ecosystem through video or slideshow projection, student division in working groups



Environmental path in the forest,
with observation,
knowledge and experience in the field,
study of activities,
setting the limits of the working area,
collecting materials,

exploration, action, educational games,

expression through plastic arts,

group presentation and programme evaluation

Ευρωπαϊκή Κάρτα Νέωνespa-2014-2020