Groenendael

Activities

Exact departure point: Groenendael access gateway
Times/duration: 10 a.m., 2.30 p.m. – An hour or so
Description: Accompanied by a guide from the NGZ, a hike to the Ecoduct in Groenendael. A construction site still in progress that, exceptionally, will be open to visitors. Because, once the animals start using it, it will be out of bounds for hikers …
Number of participants, max.: 20
Languages: NL
Suitable for: good walkers
Info: www.ngz.be

Exact visit point: Groenendael access gateway
Times/duration: 11 a.m., 2.30 p.m. /Over an hour
Description: Migratory birds never fail to fascinate: in whole families, they sometimes travel incredible distances to find mild temperatures during our winter. And, as if by magic, they reappear exactly in the same place when spring appears! From the Groenendael observation platform, the ANB will explain its methods for measuring migration flows.
Number of participants, max.: 20
Languages: NL / FR
Suitable for: All ages
Info: http://www.trektellen.org/site/info/1385 / https://www.natuurenbos.be/begrazingsblok-het-block / https://www.natuurenbos.be/arboretum-van-groenendaal

Exact visit point: Groenendael access gateway
Times/duration: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m./Under 30 minutes
Description: Children and their parents can freely admire the small aquatic animals and the laying processes under the microscope, with the help of Groenendael Nature Workshops. At the same time, they can visit the Museum of the Forest.
Number of participants, max.: 10
Languages: NL
Suitable for: Curious minds!
Info: lize.paesen@natuurpunt.be

Exact departure point: Groenendael access gateway
Times/duration: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Description: The construction of Ecoduct Groenendael is in its last phase. During the Day of the Sonian Forest you will discover the construction site and how the ecoduct will look like when completed. We’ll give you an overview of the species that have been observed in the area over the last few months (from shiny snails to reindeer to small bats) and for which this bridge is built over the highway. While enjoying a drink at the bar, graffiti artist DZIA welcomes future users on the 60 meter wide concrete pillar. Our gift shop will provide you with a free souvenir for afterwards.
All activities continue under the Ecoduct, on the motorway exit R0 towards Zaventem. Don’t miss this exceptional opportunity and pass the word to your family, friends, colleagues and grandchildren. In the future, the Ecoduct will not be accessible to the public.
Number of participants, max.:
Languages: NL / FR / EN
Suitable for: All ages

Exact departure point: Groenendael access gateway
Times/duration: 10 a.m., 2.30 p.m. / An hour or so
Description: It isn’t every day that you come across a long-forgotten book … A book about the great continents. Alas, changes have appeared between the coloured pages. High mountains and dark forests, as well as bears have disappeared from the big book. Don’t be sad: we will find the verdant world and the characters that populate it!
Number of participants, max.: 20
Languages: NL
Suitable for: children between 5 and 10
Info: www.ngz.be

Exact departure point: Groenendael access gateway
Times/duration: 10 a.m., 2 p.m. – A good hour
Description: Walk to the “Jozef Zwaenepoel” forest reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Number of participants, max.: 20
Languages: NL
Suitable for: good walkers
Info: www.ngz.be

Exact departure point: Groenendael access gateway
Times/duration: 2.30 p.m. – An hour or so
Description: You will discover the vestiges left by the last two world wars in the Sonian Forest. The walk will take you through sites where 615 German prisoners remained throughout the year 1919. You will then discover the site where a huge German ammunition depot was set up from ’40 to ’45, before heading back through the open space which was once one of the most famous racecourses in Belgium.
Number of participants, max.: 20
Languages: NL
Suitable for: good walkers
Info: www.ngz.be

Exact departure point: Parking Bonniers
Times/duration: 2 p.m. / 2-2:30h
Description: Brussels Environment will make you discover various wildlife facilities on / under the Brussels-Namur railway, in order to guarantee a good ecological connectivity (Ecoduct, wildlife pipes, bat labyrinth, …). You will also be given the opportunity to discover the Grippensdelle Forest Reserve, now recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Number of participants, max.: 25
Languages: FR/NL
Suitable for: good walkers (walking on all types of roads and off-road)
Info: biodiv@environnement.brussels

Exact departure point: Groenendael access gateway
Times/duration: 2 p.m. / Two good hours
Description: Thanks to the commentary of the guides of the Royal Forestry Society of Belgium, you will be able to better understand the ecosystem and the management of the Sonian Forest. This captivating walk will also allow you to better understand the close ties that can exist between man and the forest.
Number of participants, max.: 20
Languages: FR/NL
Suitable for: Good walkers (walking on all types of roads and off-road)

Exact departure point: B&B Hippo-Droom (up to “Bosmuseum”)
Times/duration: “Createljee Hoeilaart”: 2 to 4:30 pm / “Belly2Belly Walking”: 4 to 5:15 pm
Description: Createljee Hoeilaart”: A DIY workshop for children together with their parents, on the theme of the forest. “Belly2Belly Walking”: At the same place, young parents can also try Nordic walking with their newborn!
Number of participants, max.: 40 / 10 couples (material provided)
Languages: FR/NL
Suitable for: for children from 1 month to 10 year old and young parents
Info: davy@hippo-droom.be
Exact meeting point: Groenendael access gateway
Times/duration: 10 a.m. / 1:30h
Description: Short lecture by Koen Deforce, Jan Bastiaens and Thomas Van Driessche, followed by an excursion to Sint-Corneliusdreef for a closer look.
Number of participants, max.: 25
Language: NL
Suitable for: Curious minds!
Info: jan.bastiaens@vlaanderen.be

Access :SNCB (Train S8 Brussels-Ottignies – Station Groenendaal), De LIJN 395 (Leuven – Huldenberg – Overijse – Hoeilaart – Groenendaal), De LIJN 830 (Groenendaal – Tervuren – Zaventem – Machelen). By foot, by bike, by car.

Welcome point: Museum of the Forest, Duboislaan 2 – 1560 Hoeilaart

Car park:  Groenendael station (secure walking path from the station to the Museum of the Forest). 
Catering: B&B Hippo-Droom