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About the Yambaru Nature Experience Activity Council

Yambaru Nature Experience Activity Council

What is the Yambaru Nature Experience Activity Council?

 This organization was established in 1999 with the aim of contributing to the regional development of the Yambaru region, while balancing the conservation and utilization of its natural environment. We mainly manage and promote the use of the Yambaru Wildlife Conservation Center Ufugi Nature Museum, and promote cooperation between the region’s three villages (Kunigami, Ogimi and Higashi) and participation by residents in nature experience activities in the region.

Council member organizations: Okinawa-Amami Natural Environment Office, Ministry of the Environment; Department of Environmental Affairs, Okinawa Prefectural Government; Kunigami Village; Ogimi Village; Higashi Village

Description of activities

Our main activities carried out at the Ufugi Nature Museum are as follows.

(1) Explaining the heritage value of World Heritage sites and the natural environment of the Yambaru region.
(2) Promoting and raising awareness of the environmental conservation of World Heritage sites and their surrounding areas, as well as cultural inheritance, regional development, environmental education, and rules for their use.
(3) Conducting training for the council member organizations and related groups in order to improve the quality of their nature interpretation techniques.

Initiatives so far

(1) Nature observation events
 We hold observation events where people can enjoy learning about the animals and plants of the Yambaru region and actually go out into the field to observe them

Forest observation
Ocean observation
Boar fence observation

(2) Lectures
 We organize lectures by researchers who are studying the nature of the Yambaru region and come to talk on their latest findings.

Lecture on the
Ryukyu scops owl
Talk on the bats and
mice of Yambaru
Sea Turtle Yuntaku Party

(3) Training sessions
 We provide training for related groups to contribute to the spread of appropriate information.

Lecture and group work
with an instructor
Online lecture and
group work
On-site training

(4) Activities in collaboration with schools
 We conduct activities in partnership with schools in the Yambaru region in order to give their children more opportunities to learn and think about the nature and culture of the area where they live.

Morning reading session
School visit
Tern observation with high school students

(5) Public awareness
 We have created materials about the Yambaru region’s natural environment to be handed out as mementos in exchange for a fee received to promote the council’s activities and help to conserve the region’s natural environment. These can be obtained at the Ufugi Nature Museum.

About the handout materials

 The Yambaru Nature Experience Activity Council produces and publishes materials to help people familiarize themselves with the natural environment of the Yambaru region. These materials are available at the Ufugi Nature Museum and other locations. Please make use of them.

[Revised edition] Illustrated Book of Living Things in Yambaru

 This book introduces the living things that can be found in Yambaru through illustrations. It lists 206 types of plants, insects, birds, etc. It is a handy book that is easy to carry around and use outdoors. Handed out for a contribution of 500 yen.

Yambaru Nature Ashibi Booklet

 This guidebook is packed full of the charms of Yambaru’s nature and culture. Follow the rules and etiquette shown here while enjoying “Yambaru Ashibi (fun)”, such as experiencing nature and exploring the villages. Handed out for a contribution of 200 yen.

Ishikawa’s frog
Ryukyu leaf turtle
Okinawa rail
Stop Roadkill awareness paper
Stop Roadkill magnet

 The roads in the Yambaru region are also used by wildlife. This magnet is to raise awareness of roadkill prevention, asking people to drive safely and with consideration for wild animals. Handed out for a contribution of 400 yen per magnet.