At the moment, in the territory of Monti Sibillini National Park there are 15 structures - called "Case del Parco" - which are situated in each Park Municipality and are managed by Cooperatives made of young people usually living within the Park territory. These structures are not real visitor centers, even if they are very similar to them.
The activities carried out in "Case del Parco" are:
The Institutional Services include:
Social and economic animation activities
They deal with the socio-economic development of the Municipality involved, but they can also consider projects and activities regarding other territories. They vary according to each "Casa del Parco".
They deal with the functions of "Case del Parco" for which the Park Authority can give further economic support.
Among the others:
"Case del Parco" collaborate in an active manner with the Park Tour Guides organizing with them the environmental interpretation activities. The Park Tour Guides are professionals directly prepared by the Park Authority according to the law on the protected areas (L. 394/1991). Besides them there are also other services, such as tourist guides, naturalistic guides, equestrian guides, mountain guides, environmental guides. They are enrolled in their respective Lists.
Moreover, some managing Cooperatives are also the owners of the Environmental Education Centers, and carry out within them the activities. Two Cooperatives manage Holiday houses, and therefore offer refreshment and welcome services also for excursionists and groups of students.
Environmental Education Centers represent essential instruments for a careful knowledge of the Park territory. Managed by cooperatives, associations, or local authorities, they have the important task to inform the Park visitors about its most important features and, at the same time, sensitizing them to a greater respect of the environment. Environmental Education Centers are mainly addressed to schools, and offer several programs lasting one or more days, also personalized according to the various didactic needs.List of the Park Environmental Education Centers (CEA)
The Official Tour Guides of Monti Sibillini National Park have been trained with special courses (according to what established by the law 394/91) to carry out environmental interpretation activities. Moreover, each tour guide has specific professional qualifications according to what established by the regulations in force (alpine tour guide, naturalistic tour guide, medium-mountain tour guide, horse-riding tour guide, ski and mountain bike instructor, tourist animator, etc.). In this way, it is possible to offer extremely diversified activities, giving the visitors the opportunity to live an unforgettable experience at the discovery of the "concealed treasures" and the most fascinating features of Monti Sibillini National Park.
Moreover, the Tour Guides play an important role in the monitoring of critical areas and in the promotional activity of the Park.