Kraluž Necklace Workshops

ORGANIZED BY: Samobor Museum

Knowledge on manufacturing kraluž necklaces has been taught in the workshops organized by the Samobor Museum since 2000. The purpose of the workshops is to protect and promote the traditional skill and craft of making those necklaces as a part of the cultural heritage and for the purpose of increasing Samobor tourist activities. Kraluž, kraluš, sometimes also called the braided kraluž, is a type of ornament worn around the neck: a beaded necklace in the form of a net, of various colors and ornaments. In the villages around Samobor and Sveta Nedjelja this jewelry is a part of the most festive women's traditional costume. The most developed form is done with 12 threads, and the simpler forms only use 8 threads from a horse's tail, nowadays replaced by plastic threads. The threads are white because the beads are transparent. Before the WWII the beads were made of glass, in red, white and blue color, with an occasional pearly white, silver or gold bead among them. Today, kraluž necklaces are mostly worn by members of the folklore cultural and artistic societies from the Samobor area, individually at feasts and fairs and by brides at weddings.

Educative Program Young Scout

ORGANIZED BY: Nature Park Žumberak – Samobor hills

The one-day program "Young Scout" offers several various thematic units for teachers to choose, such as: Treasure Hunt, Meet the Forest, Meet the Brook, Meet the Pond, Meet the Meadow and Young Meteorologists. The program encompasses an exhibition, an educational path, educational games and other activities, individual work and work papers - all under expert guidance of educators. Programs are organized in the Eco-center Slani Dol or Eco-center Budinjak so that learning about the nature and individual work assignments help students repeat and apply knowledge from various subjects: Natural Sciences, Geography, Croatian language, Arts and PE. The purpose of the program is to organize teaching in nature through perception and discovery, games and work, applying the already gained knowledge and enjoying the nature. It is intended for preschool and primary school children.

Eco – Camp "Protecting My Hills”

ORGANIZED BY: Nature Park Žumberak – Samobor hills

The Eco Camp "Protecting My Hills" is held over the summer holidays in the Nature Park Eco Camp "Žumberak - Samobor hills". It is intended for primary school children living in the area of the Nature Park. Organizing the camp is done by the Park's employees in collaboration with expert guides - educators) who spend 5 - 6 days with children. There are research and creative workshops, educative field trips and various educational activities. During the camp, children work on the photo documentation, write articles and note down their results. At the final presentation for parents they present their work. The purpose of the educative camp is to show the values of the area in which local children live and the importance of its protection so that a network of young people participating in environmental protection may be continually developed.

Culinary Workshops

ORGANIZED BY: Nature Park Žumberak – Samobor hills

The cultural and tourist program "A Millennium of Culinary Arts" - workshops of ancient, Roman, medieval and traditional cuisine from Žumberak have been organized during the two weekends in the Archeological Park in Budinjak every September since 2005. The program begins with a tour of the educational "Trail of the Dukes" when the employees from the Nature Park take their guests along the Trail of Dukes at the beginning of the program, and introduce them to the history of Budinjak, its older Iron Age period, as well as the Roman history of Bratelje nearby. After the guided trail hike, the visitors begin preparing food on the excursion site in front of the Eco-center Budinjak. Divided into four groups, outdoors, with open fireplaces for cooking food, the visitors prepare meals according to at the same time ancient, Roman, medieval and traditional recipes from Žumberak, and later enjoy the taste of the long gone centuries and ages, as well as meals which are still prepared in Žumberak in the same manner as centuries before.

Educative Workshops and One-day Trips

ORGANIZED BY: Ethno House Okić

Educative workshops with excursions to the Ethno House Okić are intended for preschool and primary school children. There are several thematic workshops: Bread Workshop, Easter Workshop, Arts Workshop, St. Nicholas in the Ethno House. The program includes the visit to the exhibition, guided by the host, the stories of the Okić legend, and quizzes and gifts in the Ethno House. The Bread Workshop includes the presentation of preparing bread (millstone, original bread oven, fire ...). The Easter Workshop includes the presentation of coloring eggs in the traditional way (decorative leaves, onion shells ...). In the Arts Workshop children draw motifs from nature, the exhibition or the legend with crayons. The St. Nicholas program in the Ethno House includes the play "Stepica, mužar i lonček", to present old household objects in a manner interesting to children. Those objects are a part of the exhibition in the Ethno House and about a hundred years ago they served in the households of the area. After the show there are candies distributed by the costumed St. Nicholas. The workshop programs include lunch and the authentic village ambiance, as well as the use of sports fields (volleyball, futsal, badminton ...), or a half an hour walk to the Old Burg Okić and the belvedere.

Geological Summer School

ORGANIZED BY: : Museum of Evolution and "Hušnjakovo" archeological site in Krapina

Museum of Evolution and "Hušnjakovo" archeological site in Krapina have been organizing the Geological Summer School for several years in the last week of August (from August 22 to 26), every day from 10 to 12 am. The students are divided into three age groups: preschool, grades 1 - 4 and 5 - 8 of primary school, so that the program may be adjusted to the age. The geological workshops intends to popularize geological and paleontological activities. Workshops include educative programs in the museum and field work, as well as films: Dinosaur Planet, Walking with Dinosaurs, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Earth, Neanderthal Man, Walking with Cave Men, Ice Age, then visiting the Museum's collections, the archeological site, the new Museum of Krapina Neanderthals, "Dino" plays, manufacturing Neanderthal's clothes, jigsaw puzzles, clay modeling workshops, arts workshops, microscoping workshops, geological workshops, games in Neanderthal Man costumes.

Horse Riding School

ORGANIZED BY: : Eco Village Žumberak

In the Eco Village Žumberak there is a horse riding club with 20 horses and 6 ponies. The riding school is held within the fence of the Eco Village with expert trainers and guides for field riding. The riding school includes the English and the Western riding style for beginners and field riding through the wilderness for the more daring and skillful, regardless of the weather. The riding school lasts for 10 classes, teaches the basics of riding, approaching, cleaning, saddling, mounting, guiding the horse and maintaining balance, gaits and so on. In the end the student may take field riding trips with an expert guide. Beside the basic level, there is also an advanced level of riding school, including trot, gallop and other advanced exercises with and on the horse, as well as field riding, obstacles, Western riding and so on.

ORGANIZED BY: : Trajbar Team

Riding is an active holiday, for some a very efficient therapy and is nowadays even more present in all social layers and not just a privilege for aristocratic and rich circles. This noble animal offers humans recreation, entertainment, friendship and competition so that the future of horse riding is in sports and recreation. The relationship between the man and the horse, which began a thousand years ago, still exists. If you wish to become a part of this world, come to the horse riding school to acquire basic knowledge on the speed, care and riding of horses. If you are already licensed, you may use the beautiful terrains in the club's vicinity for recreational riding. The Horse Riding Club Trajbar Team has four "adult" horses, 3 ponies and the riding trainer, Sanja Ostović, who would teach you more than how to just stay in the saddle. The riding school is organized in Croatian and English, in groups or individual classes, depending on the ambitions and the previously acquired skills. The classes are organized individually, in the indoor hall, the outdoor sand path and the fields surrounding the club. For the youngest, the club offers three ponies for the first contact with these magnificent creatures.

Embroidery, Weaving, Cutting and Sowing Folk Costumes

ORGANIZED BY: Tailor Manufacture Ma-La

Tailor Manufacture Ma-La is specialized for restauring and manufacturing of folk costumes, ethno creations and souvenirs and they insist on the original, innovative and traditional quality by organizing workshops of embroidery, weaving, cutting and manufacturing of folk costumes and souvenirs in order to protect the Croatian ethno heritage and preserve traditional and artistic skills. Hand weaving, one of the oldest crafts in the history of mankind, is the basis of the cultural heritage of any nation. Traditional hand weaving has been intensifying, thanks also to the Ma-La manufacture. The course program will introduce participants to the weaving loom, its individual parts, preparatory work before weaving and the process itself, as well as the skills of weaving, combining color and thread, learning about various techniques, the basic fabric types, manufacturing of the pattern and applying it to weaving, as well as the importance and purpose of hand weaving today. The classes are guided by Tamara Krklec - Čvangić, who has a long-term experience in reconstructing and manufacturing folk costumes. The program is intended for primary school children, as well as other interested groups and individuals.