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The Environmental Education Center

Natural and Cultural Heritage Sites PDF Print E-mail

ImageThe Palestinian territories are home to some of the most vibrant and diverse natural habitats in the world.  Due to the obstacles to travel and restrictions on the freedom of movement in these areas, Palestinian youth have very few opportunities to explore this rich natural diversity.  Through our outdoor programs and field trips to natural and cultural heritage sites, the EEC empowers these young people to discover the beauty that surrounds them and cultivate an appreciation for all that these landscapes have to offer.

Our field trips include visits to many of the following areas:

Hebron:
While Hebron is located not far from Bethlehem, it provides a very different environmental, cultural, and social context to explore.  The EEC often takes students on field trips to this historical city to give them an opportunity to see these differences, build up their awareness of some of the environmental issues in this region, and discover new areas of interest. 

Jericho:
Situated on the edge of the Jordan Rift Valley and in close proximity to the Dead Sea, Jericho affords breathtaking vistas and a variety of fascinating terrains.  The EEC has taken multiple groups of students from different schools to explore Jericho and its surrounding environment.  They visit natural and cultural heritage sites including Hisham's Castle, Wadi Qelt, Hejla Monastery and the Dead Sea.

Bethlehem:
Along with the many religious and historical sites in Bethlehem like the Nativity Church, Milk Grotto, Shepherd's Field and Manger's Square, there are several natural sites with great environmental and ecological significance.  Just south of Bethlehem lie Solomon's Pools, where the EEC often takes visitors to learn about water issues in Palestine and view the ancient systems of water storage and irrigation.  The nearby village Irtas is the site of the Annual Lettuce Festival, with rich biodiversity and an important history of agricultural production.

Abraham's Path:
In partnership with the Ministry of Antiquities and Bethlehem University, the EEC is working on the development of Abraham's Path, an area which is considered a vital cultural, historical, and touristic venue in the Middle East.

To learn more about these areas or arrange and eco-tour with the EEC, please contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .