GPNP visitors centre - Cogne
Gran Paradiso National Park Visitors Centre in Cogne was opened in 2007. “TutelAttiva Laboratorio Parco" is the name given to the centre, where visitors can find out about what happens in the park, deepen their knowledge on the environment and analyse the choices taken regarding the use and administration of the territory.
The administration of a protected area involves getting the right balance between giving information and using resources correctly, in a territory which is constantly changing.
The complicated and dynamic development of the Park is set up in a laboratory style, with explanatory models, multimedia systems and interactive games, various role games, and an original “sensorial space”, which allows visitors to appreciate the perfumes of nature and listen to the sounds of the woods. The themes of the Visitors’ Centre of Cogne are: Water, using models which show the effects of water on the territory, depicting floods and explaining the relationship between human settlements and hydrological factors; The Forest and Grazing Land, including a multimedia “full immersion” into a forester's life and realistic decision-making to protect the forest; Wildlife and Man, where interaction between humans and animals is discussed.
The Centre attracts nature lovers, but its exhibition, themes and interactive games also makes it an ideal destination for school groups.
During opening hours a professional Guide is available at the Centre to provide detailed and precise information.