Let me first introduce you to Our Nature Trial Programs, which is to enjoy learning how the natural environment has been preserved in the region.
The Uembetsu Elementary School Coca-Cola Environment House is the base for the nature trial programs.
The house is located in an agricultural area in Kuriyama. The elementary school produced 3,082 graduates between1897 and 1998. It was closed because of population decrease and completely rotted away in ten years. It was the oldest existing two-story wooden house in Hokkaido. The school house was renovated and reborn as the base for the natural trial programs with 100 million yen offered by the Coca-Cora Environment Foundation together with cooperation of a lot of local residents and volunteer groups.
Moreover, another ruined mountain village in the same area was recreated as Hasanbetsu Satoyama for an activity field.
Our trial programs include: In summer, Boat Pleasure, Creatures at the waterside, Fishing & Eating, Cooking Pizza in a kiln; in fall & winter, Baked Potato in a camp fire of fallen leaves, Exploring on powder snow, Making a snow house.
In the Boat Pleasure program, your boat sails leisurely down the Yubari River and you can feel directly how the river has been preserved naturally by having a unusual look at it.
We have a lot of creatures in the local river and you can learn the ecology of rivers by observing various kinds of fish and aquatic insects.
In the fishing & eating program, you can enjoy fishing in the clean stream and cooking and eating them by yourself.
Try cooking a real pizza with Kuriyama & Hasanbetsu ingredients by laying bricks to make your own pizza kiln.
Let’s enjoy potato baked in a bonfire of fallen leaves you collect.
You can also explore a forest & grassy plain wearing snowshoes.
You can walk and go deep into the forest in summer.
If you are lucky, you may meet an ezo (previously referred to Hokkaido) squirrel and other rare animals.
Making snow houses is a snow-playing that you can experience only in snow areas.
You will be surprised to learn that it is unexpectedly warm as you go inside.