One Academy – three locations: Hof Möhr, Camp Reinsehlen and Hildesheim represent development and an increase in the tasks of the Alfred Toepfer Academy for Nature Conservation.
Hof Möhr – Head office of the Alfred Toepfer Academy for Nature Conservation (NNA)
The Alfred Toepfer Academy has found its home on Hof Möhr. The old heathland farm has been the domicile of the Academy since 1982. As well as the administration, the employees of the research and documentation departments work here today. Furthermore, the Director of the Academy traditionally has their office at Hof Möhr, the head office of the NNA. Press and public relations work are also organised and located here.
The farm is located in an idyllic place between old, gnarled oaks in the “Lüneburg Heath” Nature Conservation Area. With its farm garden, orchard, natural play ground, nesting box wall and reed bed, it is an attractive destination for the whole family. Almost all typical habitats of northern Germany can be reached on foot in a few minutes. On the nature trail “Der Uhlenstieg” you can walk through the farm wood with its valuable, old trees and the Möhr bog.
Venue Camp Reinsehlen – seat of the education and communication department
Ideal conditions for the hundred plus NNA events every year: symposia and conferences with two to three hundred participants are possible in Camp Reinsehlen, as well as training seminars in the field of communication, with twenty participants. The participants of NNA events are provided with the most up-to-date equipment, such as premises of various sizes, a computer-equipped training room or a great variety of professional presentation materials. Together with a restaurant offering a cuisine that is unique for the region (“slow food” member) and a hotel that perfectly fits into the landscape, participants find ideal conference conditions.
Moreover, Camp Reinsehlen is a place full of history. It was used as an airport during the Third Reich and after WWII the administration of the British forces was located here. For 50 years, the allied soldiers used the camp and parts of the nature conservation area for military exercises. After the “Soltau-Lüneburg-Agreement” (SLA) expired in 1994, the areas were restored for civilian use again. Now the NNA resides in parts of the former buildings of the British military. Today the reconstructed buildings are offices and conference centre for seminars and symposia of the Academy.
Typical vegetation has settled the former exercise area: plants such as thyme, St. Johns wort or maiden pink grow on the neglected grassland. There are numerous cricket species and ground nesting birds. The area received a special protection status (§ 28a Lower Saxony Nature Conservation Act), which allows access outside the breeding season.
A landscape with very special aesthetics. This area is the largest connected neglected grassland of Lower Saxony; especially in summer, when the wind is flowing through the grass, it has an almost prairie-like, meagre charisma. But the vastness of this grassland and the open, constantly moving sky also invite one to linger, to relax and even to learn during the other seasons. This landscape corresponds with the concern of the Academy. This and the concentration of learning in this secluded area are appreciated by many participants.
Hildesheim branch office – chair of the FÖJ department
The branch office of the NNA is located in a former barracks building on the northern edge of the town of Hildesheim, beside the airport.
The FÖJ department consists of six employees. The FÖJ (Voluntary Environmental Year) is an education year focussing on environmental protection and nature conservation. The current 200 volunteers in Lower Saxony are supervised from here and sent for practical work in environmental protection and nature conservation in over 160 active work places in Lower Saxony.
The FÖJ department and its employees has been part of the NNA since 1.1.2005. Before that time the task was a part of the Lower Saxony State Office for Ecology in Hildesheim, which was dissolved at this time.The branch office was established for those employees adopted from Hildesheim in order to ensure continuity.
Hof Möhr - an old heathland farm
Avenue to Hof Möhr
Venue Camp Reinsehlen
Hildesheim branch office