Participants come from next to South Kamchatka Federal Reserve territories – Ozernovskiy, Pauzhetka and Zaporozhye settlements. Parents and their children headed towards the preserved lake to get to know some new facts about Kamchatka nature, flora and fauna of South Kamchatka and learn the basic safety rules on being good neighbors with bears. Kronotsky reserve experts help them with it all.
Total 14 people take part in each of the two program stages which will last till mid July. They become familiar with Kurile lake ecosystem, observe bears and count sockeye species that enter the basin for spawning. Safety rules for behavior in wildlife learnt in theory here used in practice during hiking. Safety on the routes is guaranteed by state inspectors of Kronotsky reserve.
Besides hikes and wild animals in wildlife observation the program attendees get the full understanding of Kronotsky reserve staff work which is protection and research on South Kamchatka reserve territories. During the seminars they have an opportunity to discuss ecological problems in fishermen settlements and in Kamchatka overall, try to find solutions and launch their own environmental projects. For example, create posters regarding safety rules for being good neighbors with bears. The main tips for Kamchatka locals are not to litter or leave trash as this might attract bears in human settlements, not to overfish salmon which is the main nutrition for bears and never bother bears on their common fishing sites. Art workshops and environmental-oriented action games are as well arranged for guests.