Jautmalkė Nature Centre

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Jautmalkė Nature Centre has been established in a homestead, which was restored following ancient Samogitian traditions, in Kelmė District, Jautmalkė Village, at the edge of Vainagiai -Raudsparnė Ridge where ancient forests hoard the highest hills of Kurtuvėnai Regional Park, the little lakes Lestoniškė and Smirdelė, the streams Smirdelė and Šventjonis. Cranes breed in a swamp nearby, swans, coots and ducks visit ponds, bats have their fling at night. Walking from Jautmalkė is convenient: you can visit Lakes Bijotė, Juodlė and Geluva, Vainagiai and Galvydiškė Mounds, Svilė springs, the town and the stud farm of Kurtuvėnai. Students and all interested in Jautmalkė are offered 2 - 3 hour entertaining educational programmes. Young naturalists are allowed research whereas teachers can deliver classes and organise trips.

Educational programmes


May to September

In the past, rural children 6-8 years of age used to guard goslings and chickens from crows meanwhile at the age of 10 they would exchange switches for whips and graze cattle. Shepherds would devise all kinds of entertainment.

Jautmalkė Nature Centre invites children to get acquainted with tools of the ancient shepherd, to twist up whistles, to play traditional shepherd games, or to bake a potato pudding over a wood fire. Those wishing to try the given shepherd meal must bring potatoes, greaves and onions, and pick up a large holed button for games.


May & June

Jautmalkė meadows are rich in useful plants for salads, soup or tea. The old village herbalists would tell you that almost every plant contains a certain power to help people.


June to October

When meadows dried off, shepherds would pasture horses at night. They brought along beer and made a fire. If girls went shepharding together, all of them would dance and sing in the light of fire. Horses from Kurtuvėnai Equestrian Centre are pastured in Jautmalkė from June to October. You can spend a romantic night at the fire in their company and listen to stories about horses. If the sky is clear, it is interesting to watch the stars and the moon and to detect constellations of significance to the Balts. Pasturing of horses for the night starts at 10:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. so you must bring along warm clothes and tents.


A long time ago, people noticed that the after a driving rain, water in places is quickly absorbed into the ground whereas elsewhere it lies in puddles. When the puddles go dry, a crust is formed on the surface. The properties of clay have been successfully applied in everyday life and creative work. Children are particularly fond of kneading the clay. The programme participants will be able both to mould and to compare soil from different places and sand and loam soil plants.


This is a great opportunity to listen to birds and learn to imitate them in company with the naturalist. In spring, the songbirds can be heard from sunrise to sunset. Since a journey into the world of birds starts at 3:00 a.m. - 4:00 a.m., you must come on the eve, prepare camping tents, and remember to put on warm clothes.

WATER BIRDS: May to October.

The programme participants will have to travel the distance of 7 kilometres along the coasts of Kurtuvėnai ponds. Flocks of migrating birds occupy water bodies owned by the Fishery Company. There are plenty of birds in summer too. Visitors can indulge in pleasant moments watching water birds and find out what happened after the duck egg smashed.


When God was tucking the Earth under the celestial hood, the Earth got a little bit compressed. It corrugated whereby hills and ravines appeared. Visitors can listen to other ancient stories about hills and ravines, lakes and wetlands, taking a walk along the roads of giants. May and October are the best months for such a trip. You must see to the good footwear so as not to let your feet get cold and tired.


While listening to the rustle of forest trees, old people got insight into their strengths and conveyed their knowledge through sagas. When travelling along the paths in the old forest, you can see almost all kinds of Lithuanian trees, collect leaves, and find out your own tree horoscope.


Natural grassland is decreasing. Jautmalkė is one of the places where there are fields with a huge variety of plants not affected by human. Here you can experience the difference between vegetation of natural wild meadows and cultural grasslands, collect rare herbs, and learn their names.


In winter, the forest is quiet. However, not all the animals are asleep; signs of life in the forest can be detected even in the middle of winter. It is interesting to explore the snow cover or listen to birds in winter. Only remember to put on warm clothes.


As we are used to buying all household articles and appliances, we can hardly imagine how they were made by hand in the past. In Jautmalkė, you can learn braid weaving, twisting and twining, felt boot making, smithing, and pottery.

Jautmalkė Nature Centre

Jautmalkė 1st km, Kelmė District

Tel.: +370 682 30742 , +370 41 370333

jautmalke@erdves.lt , info@kurtuva.lt; www.kurtuva.lt

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