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01/03/2024

Central Balkan National Park Directorate announces a national photo contest under the title "Me and the Balkans".

Central Balkan National Park Directorate announces a national photo contest

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14/02/2024

The Bear, known or not?

This topic was discussed with the children from the Hristo G. Danov elementary school in the town of Klisura. The topic is part of the 2024 Central Balkan National Park educational program.

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09/02/2024

A Central Balkan National Park Directorate expert visited the children of the fine arts school at the Razvitie - 1870 community centre of the town of Sevlievo.

Fifteen children of different ages actively participated in discussions about the importance of plants in nature and rules of behavior when visiting and staying in protected areas.

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31/01/2024

On January 30, Park Directorate employees visited the Community Support center in the town of Karlovo, a social service for children and families at risk.

There they demonstrated equipment with which the Park raingers and the Park Directorate use in their daily official duties and tasks for the protection and preservation of biological diversity on the territory of the Cеntral Balkan National Park.

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Visiting the Park, please abide by the following warnings:

·   Avoid hiking alone. Always travel in a group and listen to your leader’s/guide’s instructions.
·   Adhere to the markings/sign posts. Do not take unnecessary shortcuts, especially in inclement weather. Do not move too quickly—you may become exhausted and lose your bearings.
·  In an emergency, immediately seek help from the mountain rescue service or Park Directorate personnel operating in the area.
·  When hiking on the mountain, observe the general rules for mountain hiking conditions approved by the Bulgarian Tourism Union and the Mountain Rescue Service. Please obey all instructions from Park rangers and observe rules and regulations.
·   Use lightweight, synthetic, weatherproof clothing. Always carry at least one dry set of clothing.
·   Always carry drinking water and high-energy bars. Bandages are also good to have on hand.
·   In a thunderstorm, do not take cover under large single trees or in rock crevasses, avoid moving along ridges or sharp protruding parts of the mountain, and do not carry large metal objects or equipment.
·   Carefully consider how much equipment you can safely carry, the time it takes to hike a trail, and how much information you actually have of the area.
·   Do not overdo by undertaking additional, unplanned treks.
·   In winter, use snowshoes or skis whenever possible.
·   In winter, hiking through unmarked routes through the forest may be far more dangerous than hiking in the treeless areas.
·   Keep an eye out for avalanches. In winter, always consult the Mountain Rescue Service before choosing a route.
·   Avoid moving or staying for extended periods of time in the high-mountain zone (at altitudes over 2,000 meters).
·   Use sunglasses and sun block.
·   Gather only those mushrooms and wild fruits that you recognize! Many species of plants growing in the Park are poisonous.
·   If an insect or snake bites you, drink plenty of fluids, apply a cold compress to the affected area, and seek medical help.
·   Build campfires at designated areas only. When leaving the site, extinguish the fire completely and clean up your debris.
·   Use of firearms or fireworks in the Park is strictly forbidden.
·   Burning bushes and grass to clear pastures is strictly forbidden.
·   In the event of a possible forest fire, immediately notify Park personnel or nearest chalet keeper.
·   Do not attempt to handle large fires yourself—this is extremely dangerous. If you decide to assist Park personnel, follow their instructions.
·   We appreciate any and all information about Park violations. Your anonymity will be guaranteed.
·   If you do observe a violation, do not attempt to handle the perpetrator on your own. Immediately contact Park personnel.