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Excursions

The Kerzhensky State Natural Biosphere Reserve welcomes requests for educational events and guided tours. Tours to nature are held all year round at air temperatures from -15 to +30 degrees Celsius. In case of deterioration in weather conditions guided tours are postponed to another suitable time for you which is available in the schedule of tours.

Routes of all tours in the nature are circular.

In winter the tour is carried out on skis (if there is sufficient snow cover height and negative air temperature values).

The hiking trails can be visited on your own, with no tour service. To do this, you need to apply to the Environmental Centre at 17, Oktyabrskaya St., Rustai, to be instructed, to get a guidebook, and to pay the cost of visiting for the purpose of educational tourism in the amount of 50 rubles for adults, 25 rubles for children aged 12-18 years and retirees, children under 12 years for free.

The fee for visiting the territory is NOT included in the cost of tours to nature and is paid additionally. The amount of payment for visiting the territory is 50 rubles (unless you have a preferential right).



QUIZZES, SLIDE LECTURES
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    1 hour

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    from the age of 7

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    5 to 30 people

  • 50 RUB

You are welcome to attend educational lectures and quiz (“On the pages of the Red Books”, “Special Protected Natural Areas of Russia and the Nizhny Novgorod Region”, “Nature and Activity of the Kerzhensky Reserve”, “Good and Evil Fire”, etc.)




INTERACTIVE THEMATIC CLASS
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    1 hour

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    from the age of 7

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    5 to 30 people

  • 150 RUB

You are welcome to take a class on a specific topic (“Reindeer Day”, “Tit Day”, “Bird Day”, etc.). It includes slide lectures, quizzes, a game program or a workshop.




EXPRESS TOUR OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL CENTRE OF THE KERZHENSKY NATURE RESERVE
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    30 minutes

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    from the age of 7

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    8 to 45 people

  • 50 RUB

You are welcome to tour the expositions of the Environmental Centre and to get a brief presentation of the guide on natural environment and activity areas of the reserve.




COMPREHENSIVE TOUR PROGRAMME “INTRODUCTION TO THE KERZHENSKY NATURE RESERVE”
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    3 hours

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    from the age of 7

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    8 to 45 people

  • 300 RUB

The programme includes a visit to an interactive educational site, a tour of the Environmental Centre, use of the tea room, and a guided walk along a guided walk along the hiking trail “The floodplain of The Kerzhenets River” (a small lap of 1.5 km). In the tea room there are tables, stools, kettles, microwave oven, dishes. Foodstuff (including tea house and sugar) is brought by visitors.




COMPREHENSIVE TOUR PROGRAMME “INTRODUCTION TO THE KERZHENSKY NATURE RESERVE”
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    4 hours

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    from the age of 7

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    8 to 45 people

  • 400 RUB

The programme includes a visit to an interactive educational site, a tour of the Environmental Centre, use of the tea room, and a guided walk along one of the hiking trails (optional). In the tea room there are tables, stools, kettles, microwave oven, dishes. Foodstuff (including tea house and sugar) is brought by visitors.




INTERACTIVE COSTUME CLASS
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    4 hours

  • 1.5 km

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    for the age of 7-10

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    5 to 30 people

  • 500 RUB

The event program includes a tour of the Environmental Centre, the use of the tea room, a guided walk along the hiking trail “The floodplain of The Kerzhenets River” (a small lap of 1.5 km) with games and meetings with costumed characters.




INTERACTIVE PRACTICAL TRAINING “LEARNING HOW TO EXTINGUISH FOREST FIRES”
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    3 hours

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    from the age of 7

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    5 to 20 people

  • 550 RUB

The training includes the use of the tea room in the Environmental Centre, slide lectures, a quiz about forest fires, a transfer from the Environmental Centre to the fire-chemical station and back on a snow and swamp-going vehicle, a tour of the reserve's fire-chemical station with a demonstration of how fire-fighting equipment works (with a guide's presentation), and a practical training session with the use of a forest knapsack tank. The training sessions at the fire-chemical station are conducted by state inspectors for environmental protection who have received special training in the field of Forest Fire Fighting.




TOUR OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL CENTRE OF THE KERZHENSKY NATURE RESERVE
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    1 hour

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    from the age of 7

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    8 to 45 people

  • 100 RUB

You are welcome to tour the expositions of the Environmental Centre and to get a detailed presentation of the guide on natural environment and activity areas of the reserve.




EXPRESS TOUR “THE FLOODPLAIN OF THE KERZHENETS RIVER”
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    1 hour

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    from the age of 7

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    8 to 45 people

  • 100 RUB

The trail is equipped with wooden decking, pontoon bridges, and info stands.

The tour introduces the diversity of natural complexes of the Kerzhenets floodplain, the main species of trees, and their associated plants and animals. You will also learn interesting facts about the inhabitants of the Kerzhenets River and floodplain lakes and about the role of the reserve in their preservation and recreation.




TOUR TO THE NATURE “SANCTUARY FOREST”
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    3 hours

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    from the age of 7

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    8 to 45 people

  • 100 RUB

The trail is marked with yellow stripes on the trees. There is an entrance group at the start of the trail with a route plan and visiting rules. The tour introduces the different types of forests in the reserve, the Kerzhenets River, its tributary, which is the Vishnya River, and the floodplain saucer lakes. The trail features such interesting natural objects as “witch broom”, 200-year-old pine tree, old oak in three girths, and a giant growth on the birch.

THE HIKING TRAIL IS 1 KM AWAY FROM THE ENVIRONMENTAL CENTRE. YOU CAN GET CLOSER BY USING THE DIRT ROAD AND WALK TO THE START OF THE TRAIL LESS THAN 0.3 KM.




TOUR TO THE NATURE “THE VISHENSKOYE BOG”
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    2 hours

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    from the age of 7

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    8 to 45 people

  • 150 RUB

The trail is equipped with wooden decking and info stands. Available only in the snowless period.

The tour introduces the diversity of the reserve's wetlands and their role in nature. Special attention is paid to common wetland plants. GUIDEBOOK TO THE TRAIL “THE VISHENSKOYE BOG”

THE HIKING TRAIL IS 2 KM AWAY FROM THE ENVIRONMENTAL CENTRE, I.E. THE ROUTE TO THE TRAIL AND BACK IS 5.5 KM LONG. BUT IF YOUR BUS IS HIGH AND YOUR DRIVER IS EXPERIENCED, YOU CAN GET CLOSER AND WALK LESS THAN 0.5 KM TO THE TRAIL BY AGREEMENT WITH THE BUS DRIVER.




TOUR TO THE NATURE “THE FLOODPLAIN OF THE KERZHENETS RIVER”
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    2 hours

  • 2.5 km

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    from the age of 7

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    8 to 45 people

  • 150 RUB

The trail is equipped with wooden decking, pontoon bridges, and info stands.

The tour introduces the diversity of natural complexes of the Kerzhenets floodplain, the main species of trees, and their associated plants and animals. You will also learn interesting facts about the inhabitants of the Kerzhenets River and floodplain lakes and about the role of the reserve in their preservation and recreation. GUIDEBOOK TO THE TRAIL “THE FLOODPLAIN OF THE KERZHENETS RIVER”

TO THE START OF THE ROUTE FROM THE ENVIRONMENTAL CENTRE AND THEN BACK, YOU CAN DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE ON AN ASPHALT ROAD.





Additional services

- Rental of forest (wide) skis costs 100 rubles per person.

- Use of a summerhouse with a barbecue (up to 8 people) costs 500 rubles for the first 2 hours and 150 rubles per hour for the subsequent ones. The cost of renting a summerhouse does not include coal for barbecue (you should bring your own coal).

- Accommodation in the guest house costs 1500 rubles daily per person.

- Use of a sauna (up to 8 people) costs 2000 rubles for the first 2 hours and 200 rubles per hour for the subsequent ones.

HOW TO APPLY FOR A TOUR?

You can get detailed information about the events and apply for a visit from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily by calling +7 831 593-92-30 (Environmental Education Department) and +7 920 077-28-31.

The application must be confirmed by phone within 1-2 days prior to arrival. In case of making changes to the application (date of arrival, number of people, etc.), please inform the Environmental Education Department immediately.

WHAT TO TAKE WITH YOU

In the summertime

· Comfortable covered footwear on a flat sole, clothing to suit the weather, headwear and outerwear to protect the open areas of the body are obligatory

· Headwear is obligatory!

· Repellents against mosquitoes and ticks

· Drinking water

· First aid kit

In the winter period (for ski tours)

· Comfortable warm footwear on a flat sole, headwear, mittens or gloves (a spare set of which wouldn't be superfluous)

· Drinking water

· First aid kit

You can bring your skis with you or you can use the forest (wide) skis of the reserve in the town of Rustai.

In Rustai town, only Rostelecom and MegaFon are working among cellular operators. If you want to be in touch, you should buy a SIM card of any of them.

Ecocenter and Directorate
In Nizhniy Novgorod

603001, Nizhny Novgorod,

st. Rozhdestvenskaya, d. 23,
Reserve "Kerzhensky"

work time: 9: 30-17: 30
Mon-Fri.,
Closed Sat.- Sun.

(831) 431-30-56, 431-31-91

kerzhenskiy@kerzhenskiy.ru

Parent Organization –
Ministry of Natural Resources of Russia

Ecocenter
in the village Rustay

606491, Nizhny Novgorod region.,

pos. Rustay GO Bor
st. Oktyabrskaya, d.17

in the summer every day 9: 00-17: 00,
winter 10: 00-15: 00
Mon-Fri.,
Sat-Sun - in advance. applications.

Scientific Department:
(83159) 3-92-32
Accounting:
(83159) 3-92-30
Environmental education
+79200772831

The base of protection
in the village Rustay

606491, Nizhny Novgorod region.,

pos. Rustay GO Bor
st. Yubileinaya, d. 7

Report emergency:
+7 930 80 89 271
   (round the clock)

(83159) 3-91-96