The conference is organized by pupils of primary schools established by the city. The themes of each grade are focused on environmental components and waste management. In 2023, the sixth edition of the conference will be held, focusing on the management of kitchen waste – legal regulations, collection from households, treatment methods, and use of compost produced. The lectures are accompanied by conference-themed poems and songs Participants can test their knowledge of the subject by taking part in the prepared tests.
The conference is complemented by exhibitions of plastic products made by the pupils and paintings showing the use of plastics.
It is important to remember that quality environmental education depends on teachers who are interested and willing to continuously improve and change their lessons and the world for the better. Teachers are tirelessly looking for new ways to teach in innovative, engaging and experiential ways. The Separáčik conference is the result of their efforts. Teachers are the role models for the pupils, but the initiative and the actual implementation is taken by the pupils themselves.
The pace at which we live and in which today’s society is developing reflects the inevitable need for lifelong learning, which is why for the first time we have decided to extend the target group of invitees to all ages. The Separáčik conference, which is presented by pupils, also involves experts and, for the first time in 2023, the general public is invited to attend as well.
Such ingenuity and creativity on the part of the schools deserves high praise, which the town of Liptovský Mikuláš has in mind as one of its environmental goals for the city.
Organizing excursions to waste sorting facilities, collection facilities
In Liptovský Mikuláš, the public utilities operate a sorting hall. Excursions to the sorting hall are organized for the public and school groups.
The aim of the excursions is to raise the environmental awareness of the participants and to emphasize the need to consistently sort the waste produced. The waste brought to the collection facility and the sorting hall is an example of the quality of waste sorting by the inhabitants of the city. The participants of the excursion have the opportunity to see with their own eyes what is placed in the collection bins for sorted waste and what all has to pass through the hands of the workers of these facilities in order for the waste to be handed over for its recovery.
Organizing paper and Tetra Pak collection competitions in primary schools and kindergartens.
For several years, the town of Liptovský Mikuláš has been organizing a paper and Tetra Pak collection competition in kindergartens and primary schools in the city.
These are two separate competitions evaluated on the basis of submitted documents on the amount of waste collected and handed over for collection in a given year. The city rewards schools for the amount of waste collected.
Let’s clean up the city and the Háj
Let’s clean up the city and the Háj is a city-organized event, a voluntary work. It is organized regularly every year in the spring. The event is aimed at spring cleaning of the Háj – Nicovô locality and organizing voluntary work in the boroughs of Liptovský Mikuláš. The aim of the voluntary work is to create a clean and thus pleasant place to rest in the Háj – Nicovô locality.
The Háj – Nicovô locality is a natural and cultural recreation area of the city of Liptovský Mikuláš. There is a children’s playground, and running trails named after Olympic athletes from Liptovský Mikuláš. The site provides views of all the surrounding mountains. From the north to the Western Tatras, from the west to the Great Fatra, from the south to the Low Tatras as well as the city of Liptovský Mikuláš with Liptovská Mara reservoir.
Open Park and Garden Day
The Open Park and Garden Day is a nationwide event within the Open Park and Garden Weekend. The city of Liptovský Mikuláš also participates in this event.
This year’s event will take place from 2 to 4 June 2023. It is the year XV of the event. This year’s theme is “The Melodies of the Gardens“. In addition to the city, the J. Kráľ Museum, the Slovak Museum of Nature Conservation and Speleology and religious organizations are engaged in the event.
The city of Liptovský Mikuláš has decided to involve Rohonci’s Garden in this event. The aim is to commemorate the use of this park for social gatherings, celebrations and cultural events in past. Visitors have the opportunity to compare life in the city in the past and today through the documents on display directly in the park.
The Rohonci´s Garden was the center of a lively social life in the past. Meetings and events had an unforgettable charm and atmosphere that remain in the memories of the older generation of the residents of Liptovský Mikuláš in particular.
Several years of the event called “The Clever Market’ were also held in the garden.
Nowadays, the garden is also used as a cycle route. The public can store their bicycles in the bicycle box, which is a part of the garden.
There is playground equipment in the garden for children.