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Alburquerque (Badajoz)
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 5
Persons: from 1 to 4
Category: Other
Host ID: 20390
Country: Spain

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Last Updated: March 14, 2013

Who are we?
Our Association was created when the group Cala realized their need for an independent organization to manage a Nature Center. This Center is owned by the Council of Alburquerque, but has been assigned to our association to carry out educational activities with groups amid the Extremenian dehesa countryside.
For a long time we had had the dream of coordinating and dynamizing a center open and available to be a referent for groups who believed in building real, viable and transforming alternatives to our reality.

From the beginning we have favored:
healthy food, giving priority to local, organic, fair trade produce;
renewable energy with solar panels for heating and hot water;
sustainable maintenance with environmentally friendly cleansing products;
a comprehensive management of waste with green filter system, aquatrom and waste reduction

The Nature Center is no typical touristy accommodation. Instead, it lodges groups from 16 to 50 people, arrangements can be made to make up medium-sized groups from smaller-sized ones, who wish to work either being dynamized by us or by themselves. All ages are welcome, from children to the elderly.
We organize regularly open training courses or activities of alternative tourism for groups.
Come and meet us. We hope you like it as much as we do. A lot of hard work and enthusiasm goes into it.

Facilities
The Nature Center is designed to lodge up to 50 people in four huts and a cabin.
The Huts, equipped with heated floors for the winter, five bunk beds and two bookcases for the occupants' belongings.
The Hall-Workroom-Dining Room occupies a building between the huts and the cabin. This building also houses the kitchen and a roomy porch, excellent for activities on good weather days. At the other end of the porch you will find two bathrooms, complete with four toilets and 5 showers each, as well as two toilets and showers adapted for the disabled.
The Cabin, originally intended to house monitors, it has two bedrooms with two bunk beds each, wardrobe, bookcase and heated floors. There is also a living room with tables, shelves, library and printer. The entrance also has a porch.

These buildings are surrounded by trees and plants, the Extremenian dehesa countryside, with lots of space for outdoor activities.

Consistent with values
We try hard to be consistent with the values and the education we believe in. That's why we have included a range of environmental and energy producing and saving improvements. Thus, we fulfill a double objective: to be sustainable and to act as an educational resource for groups to come and see the center and how it works.
Among the improvements mentioned above:

Waste management:
Aquatrom: Eco-toilet that separates solid from liquid waste, composting solid waste.
green filter: Liquid waste gets purified through this system consisting in three pools, with a specific inclination and plants that filter water naturally.
compost heap:with organic waste and waste separation
waste reduction: by using cloth napkins, our own towels...
Alternative sources of energy:
heated floor
thermal solar panels
solar cooker

Food:

The food we serve at the Nature Centre also reflect our values and our principles. This is were the food we serve comes from:
Cocoa, tea, infusions, coffee, panela and marmalade: Fair trade
Homemade pastries: made in Alburquerque.
Organic, local vegetables: Huertas del Abrilongo (La Codosera)
Organic chickpeas and lentils: Rincan del Segura
Meat: Local butcher's La Dehesa extensive farming.
Fruit, fish and bread: local shops

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