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Environmental Interpretation

Samaria National Park Management Body began in 2010 a program of environmental education which included visits to primary schools in order to inform pupils about the protected area of Lefka Ori. Through specific material the natural and human environment of the area is presented, as well as the main pressures put on the protected area. Particular reference is made to the Gorge of Samaria, where in 2012 fifty years were completed since its declaration as a National Park. Some schools also visit the InformationCenter at Xyloskalo, Omalos.

 2010-2011 The school year 2010-2011, 525 pupils from 20 elementary schools of the Prefecture of Chania participated in the environmental education program.

2011-2012 The school year 2011-2012, 891 pupils from 14 elementary schools of the Prefecture of Chania participated in the environmental education program.

2012-2013 The school year 2012-2013, 1211 pupils from 24 schools participated in the environmental education program.

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Press Release Friday 20-05-2022

May 21st is the European Natura 2000 Network Day. It aims to make European citizens more aware of the natural riches the Natura 2000 network holds, of the conservation work they carry out and of the benefits brought by the protected nature to people and to our planet. In this framework, the Natural Environment & Climate Change Agency and the Management Unit of Samaria National Park and Protected Areas of Western Crete announce that on Saturday 21st of May 2022, the entry to the National Park of Samaria will be without an entrance fee. Visiting hours remain the same.