Nature Trail and Astronomical Observatory
Via ai Ronchi - Loc. Abbiate Guazzone
21049 Tradate (VA)
In Tradate, surrounded by the wild forests symbol of Pineta Park, there is a new didactic and scientific center. The structure, recently inaugurated, was born to promote scientific knowledge and conscience focusing on issues going from nature to astronomy. The Center organizes several events and offers several visit opportunities, under the sun or under the stars.
The Park, safeguarding a wonderful and complex ecosystem, has prepared a comprehensive reconstruction of the environments characterizing it, with the assumption to make visitors understand the importance of the conservation of its woodlands. The Nature Trail develops for over 400 meters across didactic areas and rest areas, starting with the section of "Successione ecologica" (ecological succession), characterized by the moorland with specimens of Common Heather, Common Broom, Scots Pine, and Birch, whose diffusion has been favored in order to reproduce a series of environments (low moorland, high moorland, and woody moorland) characterizing the Park territory. The Butterfly Meadow and the didactic pond follow the same aim. The former is rich in herbs and shrubs attracting butterflies, and the immediate spontaneous colonization of the pond makes it an ideal observation point for adults and children to discover the several insects and amphibians living in water and among the vegetation. The rural area recalls the strong agricultural and forest connotation of the local territory. The various stretches of the Trail are characterized by different paving colors, and the passage from one section to the other is marked by the presence of wooden markers on the ground. The whole Trail is accessible for people with motor disabilities, since it is made with compacted soil and has a minimum width of 1.5 meters.
The structure surrounded by the Nature Trail houses the Foundation Astronomical Observatory of Tradate "FOAM13".
The Didactic Scientific Center (Nature Trail and Astronomical Observatory) will be open on Sundays from 28th February 2010 with the following opening times:
- 1st, 3rd, and eventually 5th Sunday of the month: 2.30 p.m. - 6.00 p.m. - Nature Trail open
- 2nd, 4th Sunday of the month 2.30 p.m. - 6.00 p.m. - Nature Trail and Astronomical Observatory open
For further information on events and opening www.parcopineta.org