Greifensee Foundation

from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Greifensee Foundation
legal form Foundation, endowment
founding 1997
Seat Uster ZH, Switzerland
main emphasis Environmental protection , recreation
method Environmental psychology , information , humor
Action space Greifensee nature reserve

The Greifensee Foundation is a foundation based in Uster, Zurich, which was established in 1997. The purpose of the foundation is the spatial unbundling of protection and use as well as the preservation of the high natural value and the attractiveness of the natural object Greifensee .


The Greifensee and its adjacent areas (lakeshore) were legally recognized as an important nature reserve by the Canton of Zurich on June 27, 1945 with the "Ordinance for the Protection of Greifensee" . In 1994 the Protection Ordinance was revised. As a result, the seven communities around the Greifensee ( Greifensee , Uster , Mönchaltorf , Egg , Maur , Fällanden , Schwerzenbach ) joined together in a foundation.


The foundation has four departments to fulfill the purpose of the foundation: nature conservation, recreation, education and public relations. In the field of nature conservation, the foundation cooperates with the nature conservation department of the Canton of Zurich. Together they initiate projects to upgrade and preserve nature reserves at Greifensee. The offer for those seeking relaxation is constantly being expanded. B. with observation towers, walkways or panorama boards. In the field of environmental education, the foundation organizes guided tours, public events and workshops. The most important project in this area is the Silberweide nature station in Mönchaltorf. Publications are published to provide information about the foundation itself, the nature reserve, the various birds and the dog problem. In addition, contact with visitors to the nature reserve is promoted with a ranger service .

Silberweide nature station

The logo of the Silberweide nature station
Barefoot walk

The Silberweide nature station is located on the upper Greifensee, in the Mönchaltorf municipality . The purpose of the nature station is to provide environmental education to families and school classes. It is also an important destination for families, individuals and groups. The construction of the Silberweide nature station was the Greifensee Foundation's largest project to date. In 1963 Paul Moerker and his wife Nelly founded the Silberweide zoo at this location. Construction work began at the end of 2004 and the nature station started operating in August 2005. The area includes increased dry locations and colorful rough pastures , wet high and fens of partially national importance, several large and small ponds. The typical moist location is home to many rare plants. For example different types of orchid or the Siberian iris . The many open areas, the groups of trees and dense hedges provide food, shelter and breeding grounds for many animal species.

Beaver tracks can be observed at close range from the beaver path. With a bit of luck you can spot the kingfisher fishing or a bittern in the reeds. The storks can also be seen in the eyrie on the large white willow when rearing their young. A barefoot path leads through the middle of the area. The exhibition is handcrafted and shows changing special exhibitions on local topics every year. The adventure playground, a fireplace, a picnic area and a bistro complete the offer.


The ranger's logo

The rangers are responsible for information and supervision around the Greifensee, Pfäffikersee and in the Neeracherried. They are regularly out and about and check compliance with the rules in the nature reserve. They also lead excursions and inform visitors about nature and the possibilities for observation.

Guided tours and workshops

In the Silberweide nature station, various guided tours are also offered for private groups, clubs and companies. The tours take place in the Silberweide or at Greifensee. Events outside the nature station are managed by the Greifensee rangers.

Junior ranger

Junior Ranger is an offer for people between 6 and 15 years of age who are specifically interested in nature and want to get to know the Greifensee area with its diverse fauna and flora. As a junior ranger you accompany a ranger in his work in a group of like-minded people, observe, research and solve puzzles. Inquiries to:

Roli Ranger

Roli Ranger is a cartoon character who has been used since 2010 to inform those looking for relaxation about rules. For example, Roli Ranger appears on tolerance posters for more consideration, on board boards to communicate the permitted use of the footbridge or on information boards to provide information about current nature issues such as winter rest, aspects of disturbance or feeding by people.

Web links

Commons : Greifensee Foundation  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Nature station instead of a zoo. In: April 17, 2001, Retrieved October 14, 2018 .