The ‘Friends of the GoulandrisNaturalHistoryMuseum’ is a non-profit association founded in 1978. Its aim is to contribute to a closer relationship between the Museum and its public, and to promote an inquisitive spirit as well as love and respect towards nature and the environment.
From 1985, the Friends initiated ecotourism in Greecewith visits and excursions to important biotopes. Membership today is approximately 2.000 members, adults, children and families. The Friends are active in the field of education with the ‘Parea’ which enrolls children between 10 and 15 years old. Since 1985 they organize special events around a specific subject that sometimes last for several months.
The Friends have created educational kits on: ‘The volcanoes of Greece’, ‘Greek forests’ and ‘Soil supports life’. These educational kits on environmental subjects are given on loan to schools. Thus ‘when the School cannot go to the Museum, then the Museum goes to the school’. The kits are designed so that they can travel easily and do not require special skills by the educators who use them. The Friends also publish since 1984 an eight page full colour bulletin entitled ‘The Friends-The Parea’.