About IWSS


New offer: IWSS Teachers' Lounge

Besides the comprehensive information of the website the IWSS now provides an exclusive download area for teachers: The new Teacher's Lounge offers free access to all IWSS educational resources. Directly to the Lounge

New: Migratory Bird Poster

A brand new "East Atlantic Flyway of Coastal Birds" poster from WWF, IWSS and others illustrates the Wadden Sea's vital role for migratory birds. Available as download or printed copy.

New: IWSS Dictionary

A new version of the practical guide to Wadden Sea vocabulary in English, German, Danish und Dutch is now available here!

갯벌  - The Korea Connection

The mudflats in South Korea belong to the most important tidal wetlands worldwide - and environmental education is just as important as in "our" Wadden Sea. How the IWSS contributes to the Wadden Sea - Korea cooperation see here!

About the IWSS

The International Wadden Sea School…

…is an educational programme for school classes from the Wadden Sea countries Denmark, Germany and The Netherlands. By providing international “Wadden experiences”, the IWSS wants to carry the idea of a trans-boundary approach to the protection of the Wadden Sea into the young generations.
The IWSS was established in 2003 by the “Trilateral Cooperation on the Protection of the Wadden Sea” and nature conservation organizations.

School trips with eye-opening experiences

On school trips and field excursions in the ”boundless“ Wadden Sea, children and teenager get to know their common natural and cultural heritage in several ways and learn to see the Wadden Sea in an international context.
A network of environmental education centres along the coast and on the islands of the Danish, German and Dutch Wadden Sea regions offers a variety of attractive destinations with different activities around nature and landscape, culture and history and national as well as international protection of the Wadden Sea.

Common principles and standards of environmental education form the basis of all IWSS-activities. The participating educational institutions of all Wadden sea regions regularly meet to exchange experience and trends about Wadden Sea education and jointly develop new activities and projects.

The comprehensive “travel service” supports the easy organisation of school trips to the national and international Wadden Sea with information about legal, organizational and practical aspects of school trip planning as well as detailed information and useful addresses for all IWSS-destinations.

Much Wadden Sea knowledge

More than 2000 pupils have participated in school trips and field excursions with an IWSS-programme so far. And many more children, teenager and adults get insight into the international Wadden Sea during regular activities of the IWSS partner centres. Teaching and learning materials of the IWSS are also used in classroom teaching.