Children’s party

Are you a young professional parent and your life is full of work and more? No time to organize a children’s party for your son or daughter? Fed up with all those screaming children in your house? With my children’s parties out in the dunes your children will be able to explore new situations and experience new things they mostly never did before. And I will make you enjoy your child again! Let’s make a party what it really should be: a joyful event for you ánd your child!

Children’s party in the dunes: all children love to go on an exciting hike outside in the dunes with their friends!
There is always something to see or to explore. Let them experience what they can do in nature! For example my hike with GPS, the knightly quest, exploring bunkers in the Amsterdam Watersupply Dunes, dropping with GPS, party on the beach, a hike in the dark, eating from the wild and a lot more. Also for adolescents! The possibilities are endless. And while they play, they learn that spiders do not bite, that deer won’t attack, that not all fungi are toxic, that a wood in the dark is scary but not dangerous, and a lot more! Often I get as feed back from children that this was ‘the coolest party ever’! Cool, instructive and boudary breaking. And as parent you do’nt need to organize much, ideal when you are busy! And no, it is NOT dangerous outside, if you only apply some basic precautions. Download here my FREE ADVICE for visiting the dunes safely (in Dutch only) and a flyer where you can find all about ticks (in Dutch only): teken-en-lyme-folder-rivm-apr2016.

Most popular children’s party is: knightly quest and dropping in the dunes/ GPS-hike (during day or in the dark). Do you want to know if a children’s party is suitable for your child? Click here for CHECKLIST how to choose a party (in Dutch only).

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4 – 8 year      8 – 12 year      11 – 13 year

For children 4 – 8 year:

– Nature quest: look for the ribbons and find your way in the dunes and do the quest! Pay attention and do some assignments, like looking for soil animals, play the predator-prey play, who sees a rabbit? And a lot more….

Knightly quest: look for the ribbons and find your way in the dunes and look for the treasure of the Knight of Brederode! You will do some ‘Medieval’ assignments, and at the end you will have to find the golden treasure all by yourself!

Searching for traces from the past: do you like (extinct) animals, get excited by searching for traces in the soil, like bones of animals, pottery shards and pipe heads? Book this party! Together with your friends you will do a scavenger hunt in the dunes and will look for traces from the past! Finds guaranteed :-)

Beach party: combine some parts as you wish: treasure hunt, looking for shells, shrimp fishing and making piles of sand. For endless playing joy at the beach! I will accompany the children, while you can relax on the beach…

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For children 8 – 12 year:

GPS-assignments hike in nature: you will learn a lot about GPS and all it’s functions, you will do some different assignments with GPS. Meanwhile you enjoy walking in the dunes. Both in Kennemerduinen and in Amsterdam Watersupply Dunes. Including accompany and use of 2 GPS-devices.

Dropping in dunes, GPS-hike: you will find your way into the dunes all by yourself with help of GPS from start till end. It is allowed to leave the beaten track, so this will be exciting! Maybe we will encounter some fallowdeer, and more…. I will accompany you on this cool hike / dropping. At the end your parents will be waiting for you!  Including accompaniment and use of 2 GPS-devices. At several places along the Dutch coast: in the Amsterdam Watersupply Dunes, in Kennemerduinen and Middenduin, in the dunes near Hillegom, De Zilk and Noordwijkerhout (southern part of Amsterdam Watersupply Dunes) and also in The Hague! (Westduinpark).

Bunker hike in the dunes: find your own way with GPS to the bunkers in the dunes. Do you dare to enter them? How many are there? What was their function? Explore them all during this exciting bunker hike. You can also decide to play your own game there, for example in 2 teams. In Amsterdam Watersupply Dunes.

– Searching for traces from the past: do you like (extinct) animals, get excited by searching for traces in the soil, like bones of animals, pottery shards and pipe heads? Book this party! Together with your friends you will do a scavenger hunt in the dunes and will look for traces from the past! Finds guaranteed :-)

Beach party: see above. Children of 8-12 years still like to play on the beach!

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For children of 11 – 13 year: idea for an exciting party!

GPS-hike in the dark: Do you like an exciting hike in the dark? It is possible to do so in Spaarnwoude, in the dunes between Overveen and Zandvoort, and in the Westduinpark near The Hague. You will be ‘dropped’ somewhere out there (at the starting point), and you will have to find your way back all by yourself and your friends. I will accompany you; of course your parents don’t join us. What will we see and encounter? If you like we can do some assignments or listen to a exciting story on a nice spot, watching the stars, or combined with an evening picknick. For adventurous and cool adolescents who want to do something else on their birthday party! At the end your parents will pick you up. If you like we can combine it with a small campfire at the end (NB. extra costs and not possible at all hikes). You can also combine this hike afterwards with a sleeping party at your home!

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How does it work?

For all hikes applies: it takes 2 hours (sometimes a little more); maximum of 12 children (in some cases this could be more, but only in contact). Date, starting time and place to start to be determined together with you. Depending on age of the children parents join with zero, one or two adults. I will always accompany the group, and the group will stay together. All childen on the hike are insured for injuries. NB. I am experienced in dealing with children with autistic features, please discuss the possibilities with me. Ask non-commital more information. Catering: if you want you can book a picknick in the field (I will cater), or give some food to all the children by yourself, or you can organize something to eat in a neighbouring restaurant as to conclude the children’s party, for example with pancakes.

Prices

All hikes in Zuid-Kennemerland: € 149,- incl. BTW for a group up till and including 8 children, duration 2 hours. More than 8 children? Then there will be extra costs of € 10 per child. Picknick: € 5 per child. Mini campfire to conclude the hike in Middenduin: € 30,- extra. Hike in The Hague? Then I have to charge € 50,- extra for costs and time for transport.

Conditions

Children who join me are insured to injuries. Nevertheless I would like it that parents join me (especially with younger children), so there will be ‘more eyes’ and so we can jointly decide what is OK for the children.
High risk activitities (like campfire and climbing trees) only in consultancy with you as parents. Older children like it when you will not join us! Everything to be decided by both of us, what is the best for your child!
In case of bad weather or unforseen odds you are allowed to cancel the activity without costs, or you can postpone it. When you cancel, you are responsible for an alternative yourself.
Just in case I become ill or other unforseen odds, I will try my best to find someone for replacement. If I don’t succeed, the hike will be cancelled.

 

Bomen klimmen!Climbing trees: very popular at all hikes and children’s party s!

 

 

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Consultancy

Do you need consultancy about nature or ecology? You don’t know if there are any protected species to take into account? Maybe you need a quick scan, global research or detailed information before starting a project?  A survey? A practical advice about nature management (grazing, vegetation management, invasive species) or a management plan? Or do you need a review or second opinion on an existing ecological report?

My consultancy can offer it all. I will answer your questions about nature, law, protected species and more. Contact me now! You can find some of my reports under Projects (in Dutch).

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Sea buckthorn, a typical shrub of calcareous dunes along the Dutch coast

About me

Who is Antje Ehrenburg?
I am born and raised in Friesland (1962) in the north of The Netherlands, and I am living in Haarlem since 1988. I did an applied study in population biology (ecology) at the Agricultural University in Wageningen (1980-1988) with grades in vegetation ecology, soil science, environmental sciences and license to teach biology on the highest level (first grade). After my studies I have worked as an ecologist / researcher / advicer / text editor at ‘Gemeentewaterleidingen Amsterdam’, the drinking water company of the city of Amsterdam, now called Waternet (1988-2011). I did research in the dunes, adviced about nature management, guided volunteers in monitoring and did the editing of a newsletter about nature. The Amsterdam Watersupply Dunes were – and still are – my field of work. In 2011 I started my own consultancy in ecological research and monitoring. My academic background and years of experience formed me to the versatile ecologist I am now.

About me: I am practical, positive critical, enthousiastic, listening, directed to solutions, linking, targeted, and always keeping in mind: man, nature, proces and language.

How I judge nature? Nature is green, blue, red and yellow, just like my logo. Dry, wet, complex, resilient and never the same. Nature is also magnificent, intriging, rare, difficult or expensive. In any case less simple than it seems. Nature does not reveal it’s secrets all at once. Nature also has a lot of interfaces with legal frameworks and society. That’s why you should take nature into account. If you want, I can help you with it. Another possibility: just enjoying nature by going outside! For example: book a excursion or children’s party with Antje Ehrenburg!

I am also editing the nature magazines ‘DUIN’, ‘Fitis’ and ‘Tussen Duin en Dijk’. In 2003 I started the Historical Society Amsterdam Watersupply Dunes. In my freetime I like to roam into the dunes or hike on long distance pathes. I am also working as tourleader for SNP Natuurreizen (walking holidays with groups) in Europe since many years. On LinkedIn you can read more about my activities.

Besides all this I love choral singing and organizing. If you like, you can ask me for organizing choir projects and tailor-made choir tours in The Netherlands and abroad. Take a look on www.singternational.nl

I am also mother of two sons (1994, 1998).

You can reach Antje Ehrenburg on: info ed antje-ehrenburg.nl or on my mobile phone tel. +31-653361478 or via contact page.

When necessary I cooperate with other people, Ecokids and Natuur is een feest.

Ecological consultancy

Antje Ehrenburg, ecological research, advice and education

Antje Ehrenburg is a consultancy in ecology. I’d like to help you with:

Because of my long experience in ecological consultancy I guarantee good quality of my ecological research advice and education, and my ecological consultancy products. Both for business and private principles. Answering your questions about nature is my goal, ranging from a substantive report to a children’s party in the dunes. Please do inquire non-committal about the possibilities of my consultancy. If necessary I cooperate with other professionals.

Do you want a hike in the dunes? Do book a children’s party or customized excursion for adults – biking or hiking – for everyone. My motto is: enjoying and experiencing outside in nature together! Now with business liability insurance, so you can book me without any worry! Now also children’s parties about history and findings in the soil, also in the dunes of The Hague! Read more.

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Education

Do you need good information about nature? Do you need a quick scan, ecological research before starting a project, or a survey? With my ecological consultancy I can answer your questions about nature. Do you want an outing out in the nature? Are you looking for a GPS-tour or excursion, for your children or for yourself? Do you need a special lesson about nature or environment in school? I can offer you all sorts of tours and lessons. Customized offers guarantee a succesful hike, children’s party or nature lesson.