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Great Forest Week

The Great Forest of Debrecen is of decisive importance to all residents of Debrecen. The lungs of the city, a place of recreation, rest, sports, and is an essential component of its historical identity. In our national culture, the Great Forest is a place of outstanding value, an icon of Debrecen, just as is the name of the Great Church or the Calvinist Rome. 

The Great Forest of Debrecen was declared protected 82 years ago, on October 10th, 1939, and was the first registered in the country, in the Hungarian Nature Conservation Pedigree.

The protection of nature and the environment, the protection of a healthy lifestyle, the harmonious coexistence of human life, and the living world are gaining more and more importance nowadays. That is why the Great Forest Week initiative aims to bring the city’s residents and the forest (again) closer.

Held for the second time in 2021, the series of events once again offers a multitude of programs for young and old: guided tours, exhibitions, cultural programs, interactive and craft classes, creative competitions, and many other surprises await visitors to the Great Forest from 4th to 10th October.

Detailed program of the Great Forest Week:

October 4th (Monday):
Forester forest school day
for registered groups at 9 am and 11 am
acorn Picking, – Spun basket and a bag for collected natural materials. (Also for families). Acorns collected during the Great Forest Week will be sown in the autumn in the forest renovations of the Great Forest.
Folk games

October 5th (Tuesday):
Vadásznapló forest school
to registered groups at 9 am and 11 am
acorn Picking, – Spun basket and a bag for collected natural materials. (Also for families).  
Folk games

October 6th (Wednesday):
Forester forest school day
for registered groups at 9 am and 11 am
acorn Picking, – Spun basket and a bag for collected natural materials (Also for families). 
Folk games

October 7th (Thursday)
Vadásznapló forest school
to registered groups at 9 am and 11 am
acorn Picking, – Spun basket and a bag for collected natural materials. (Also for families). 
Folk games

Throughout the week, we are announcing an acorn-picking competition “Let’s renew the Great Forest together!” for primary and secondary school students in Debrecen.

October 8th (Friday):
Meeting point in the yard of Debrecen Forestry (4032 Debrecen, Kartács utca 25.), at the three memorial columns of the Great Forest. (Given that we can hold programs for children and adults here even in the rain.)

9.00 am Commemoration of the declaration of protection and wreathing With the
participation of: folk singer Ildikó Bárdosi and primate Miklós Molnár, forest engineer

Programs of the day:

  • hospitality: herbal teas, organic juices
  • oven bites
  • handicraft demonstrations and occupations: Tamás Vass wood carving master, Imre Baji basket weaving master, László Radics gingerbread master, Imre Magi wood carving master
  • Kuckó artist’s mother’s (Debrecen) children’s program
  • Ferkó Kádár photo theater. Photography in front of awnings depicting a forester and hunting scenes. The image will be sent by e-mail in an environmentally friendly way.
  • archery in the small forest
  • Making and wearing a large forest (paper) crown
  • hunting dog breed show
  • announcement of the results of the oak pickers competition.

Forest school programs for children:

– Nature Trail Tour
– Steeplechase
– Craft workshops
– Nature and environmental professions (Green Circle)
– Popular games
– Acorn Picking, – Spun basket and bag for collected natural materials. (Also for families.)
– Nagyerdő totó
– Giant social – Erdőgazda,
Tese asocial – NYÍRERDŐ Zrt. Continuous screening of films
– Oak wreath rope pulling competition for children’s teams, families

Guided tour for high school students and adults:
“Let’s look at Bear’s Corner!” guided tour for high school students and adults.
In good weather the hike is 6.25 km.
It runs from the south-western corner of the 65 H forest section to the north (Common name: Meszesi út) straight to the Medvesarok.
The 1st stop:
A 61 D, 61 E forest details. 61 D: white poplar reforestation, 61 E: 75-year-old oak with wild pears and field maples. In this place you can talk about the ancient oaks of the Great Forest, the diversity of the living communities in it and the transformation of the alien stands into oaks.
From here, our journey leads through Members 48 and 46 to Bear Corner.
Stop 2:
A 34 A, 46 D, 46 F forest details. A 34 A: 146-year-old oak with cherries, maples and elm. 46 D: 145-year-old oak. 46 F: 8-year-old oak renovation. Here in the old oak can be seen the mass appearance of floodplains and small-scale reforestation.
The 3rd stop:
Presentation of the winter accommodation of the Hungarian Gray Tribe in Debrecen and the remaining well.
From here, our journey takes us back to the forestry building.
Please wear appropriate hiking clothing (rainproof clothing, hiking boots, mosquito repellent)!
Departure after the commemoration, expected at 9.30 p.m.

Awards, gifts:

  • Framed photos by László Szendrei (NYÍRERDŐ Zrt.)
  • NYÍRERDŐ and Nagyerdei Forestry Forest School logo gingerbread, honey, plum jam
  • Keychains (acorns, forest schoolchildren)
  • for everyone: Photo of the memorial column of Tamás Vass Nagyerdő in a uniquely stamped postcard format.


Saturday, October 9th to Guided nature tour in the Great Forest
Departure: from the Great Forest Stadium at 2 p.m.
Distance: 6 km
Expected duration: 3-4 hours
Participants who do not intend to complete the full distance can shorten the distance by returning to the city on Pallagi Road.
At the starting point at the Stadium, a small mobile exhibition on Natura 2000 sites awaits those interested in the morning.
Hikers will receive information about the wildlife in the autumn forest, the natural values ​​and forest types of the area, but also about the difficulties of maintaining a natural forest.

October 4th to October 10th, 2021

Great Forest Week – heralding a press conference
Date:  September 29th 2021 (Wednesday) 3:30 p.m.
Venue:  Méliusz Central Library – first floor cloister (Debrecen, Bem tér 19 / D | Tel: 52 / 502-828 |  kozpontikonyvtar@meliusz.hu )

“Home in the forest” – the exhibition of the Natural History
Date: 29th September 2021 (Wednesday) 4:00 p.m.
The exhibition will be opened by István Puskás, Deputy Mayor for Culture of Debrecen
Venue:  MÉLIUSZ Central Library – 1st floor bell tower (Debrecen, Bem tér 19 / D ׀ tel: 52 / 502-828 |  kozpontikonyvtar@meliusz.hu )
viewed on 30th October 2021. The exhibition.

“Moments in the Great Forest” – photo competition
We are waiting for the works in two categories (selfie and nature picture).
Deadline for submission: September 26th, 2021.
Submitted images can be voted on continuously during the program period (votes will be accepted until October 10 at 10:00).
Date of announcement of results: October 9th, 2021 (Saturday) 2.00 pm
Venue:  MÉLIUSZ Józsai Library and Community Square (Debrecen-Józsa, Szentgyörgyfalvi út 9. ׀ tel: 52 / 386-125 ׀   jozsa@meliusz.hu )

Summer joys in the old Nagyerdő – mini-exhibition of photos and documents
Date:  October 4th to 10th, 2021.
Location:  MÉLIUSZ container library – Nagyerdő (Inquire: Debrecen, Bem tér 19 / D ׀ tel: 52 / 502-478 ׀  helyismeret@meliusz.hu )

Booked Nagyerdő
Date:  October 4th to 10th , 2021
Venue : MELIUS Central Library – II. floor (Debrecen, Bem tér 19 / D ׀ tel: 52 / 502-828 ׀  helyismeret@meliusz.hu )

The thousand-colored Nagyerdő – exhibition of nature photos by Emese Hercz
Date : October 5th to October 21st, 2021
Venue : MÉLIUSZ Petőfi Memorial Library and Community Square (Debrecen, Víztorony u. 13. ׀ tel: 52 / 413-471 ׀   petofi@meliusz.hu )

Find it! Recognize it! Draw it! 
Date:  October 5th to 7th, 2021. by appointment
Location : Méliusz container libraries – the Great Forest near Ködszínház (in case of bad weather Méliusz Central Library – Children’s Department | Debrecen, Bem tér 19 / D | Tel: 52 / 502-824 |  gyermekkonyvtar@meliusz.hu )

Poetic, fabulous games about the inhabitants of the Great Forest for preschool and lower grade children.
The participating children work in groups, solving the tasks alternately – each “station” has a different test:

  1. Matching pictures of animals and poems about them
  2. Who am I? Playful investigation based on animal footprints
  3. Creating a common illustration
  4. Making elves

Fabrikáló – making forest animals with various handicraft techniques
Time : October 5th and 6th, 2021 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location:  MÉLIUSZ container library – in the Nagyerdő next to the Fog Theater (tel: 30 / 924-3007 ׀  uj.judit@meliusz.hu )
Please groups pre-registration!
(The event will take place within the framework of the TOP-6-9.2-16-DE1-2017-00005 local community development in the D2 district, in the Nagyerdőalja target area, as part of the “Summer time” program series.)

“The Dream of the Forest” nature conservation-literary poetry, prose and fairy tale writing competition
book presentation and exhibition (on the occasion of the 5th book edition: The Dream of the Forest)
Exhibition: 32 natural photos from the book
Discussion:  Ibolya Marincsák, President of the Association for the Great Forest of Debrecen, director Peter shepherd Méliusz Library
Time:  5th October 2021 (Tuesday) 4:00 p.m.
Site: Méliusz Central Library (Debrecen, Bem tér 19 / D | tel: 52 / 502-828 |  kozpontikonyvtar@meliusz.hu )

“The Soul of the Tree” – the creative exhibition of the Circle of Wood Carvers of Debrecen
Date:  Tuesday, October 5th, 2021 5:00 p.m.
Venue:  MÉLIUSZ Józsai Library and Community Square (Debrecen-Józsa, Szentgyörgyfalvi út 9. ׀ tel: 52 / 386- 125 ׀   jozsa@meliusz.hu )
The exhibition can be viewed until November 5, 2021.

„Secrets of the forest” – interactive session for children
Time:  October 6th to 8th, 2021 (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday) 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Venue: MÉLIUSZ Józsai Library and Community Square (Debrecen-Józsa, Szentgyörgyfalvi út 9. ׀ tel: 52 / 386-125 ׀   jozsa@meliusz.hu )
We accept groups of children by prior appointment. In the sessions, participants can gain knowledge about the fauna and flora of the Great Forest in a playful way. They can try different craft techniques. Live-language storytelling and slideshows also add color to the program.

The World of Bees – the exhibition of the Natural History
Date: October 6th, 2021 (Wednesday) 10.00 am
Venue:  MÉLIUSZ Borsos Villa (Debrecen, Borsos József tér ׀ tel: 06 20-229-7091 ׀  borsos@meliusz.hu )
The exhibition can be viewed Until November 6, 2021.

From Vaderdő to the Institutional Park (Integration of the Great Forest) – Lecture by József Papp, a local history researcher
Date:  October 6th, 2021 (Wednesday) 5 pm
Venue:  MÉLIUSZ Central Library – ground floor lecturer (Debrecen, Bem tér 19 / D ׀ tel: 52 / 502-478 ׀  helyismeret@meliusz.hu )
(The event will take place within the framework of the TOP-6-9.2-16-DE1-2017-00005 local community development in D2 district, in the target area of ​​Péterfia, Szentlászlófalva, as part of a series of programs in the footsteps of the past.)

“Forest-forest round forest” – family morning
Creative session and games
Date:  October 9th, 2021 (Saturday)
Venue:  MÉLIUSZ Józsai Library and Community Square (Debrecen-Józsa, Szentgyörgyfalvi út 9. ׀ tel: 52 / 386-125 ׀   jozsa@meliusz.hu )

History and wildlife of the Great Forest – quiz
What do you know about the country’s first nature reserve, the Great Forest of Debrecen? It turns out now.
The most skilled can win a book gift.
Date: 2021 October 9th (Saturday) from 10:00 am
Location:  Méliusz container libraries – the Great Forest near Ködszínház (tel: 52 / 502-825 |  kozpontikonyvtar@meliusz.hu )

Secret letters
Player family program, a joint Of Interop Event
Date:  2021 October 9th (Saturday) 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location:  Méliusz container libraries – the Great Forest near Ködszínház (tel: 52 / 502-825 |  kozpontikonyvtar@meliusz.hu )

The Méliusz Juhász Péter Library reserves the right to change the programs.


Green values ​​of Debrecen  – focus on game management and the forest (international workshop or round table), or as a separate event, possibly at another time, holding lectures and a presentation (coursing *) entitled “Our historical heritage is agar farming” with the participation of several greyhounds.
Speaking of the topic, the fact that soon, for the duration of the event (perhaps the amendment of the last relevant legislation will be adopted in September), agar hunting will become completely legal again in Hungary, which has been an integral part of game management and hunting for centuries. Agar events were also connected to Debrecen, primarily Hortobágy. 
(* Invented for coursing greyhounds sports where cam follower real rabbit movement lure Pursuing the objective of the lure is attached to a rope and pulled through via sheaves located at different places on the formed track, mimicking the advantage movement..) Other information:  https: / /kerek-erdo.hu/agaraszat

Date:  October 7th, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

New point:  Hugging – community action, organizing a “flashmob”. Should the situation allow a Guinness World Record attempt – moving 5,000 people to the Great Forest Park – in one place, 1-minute wooden hugging at a time – with personal participation, accompanied by musical events (e.g. Rocksuli student performances, flashmob and/or tree-hugging 2021 Debrecen Great Forest) throughout the event.


The photo contest is announced for amateurs and professionals entitled “ My Great Forest ”.
Subject:  Flora and fauna of the Great Forest
Announcement: 10 August 2021
Deadline for submission: 30th November 2021

Upload photos and videos to:
server:  ftp.mcdb.hu
user: nagyerdohete
password: Wh92T1H

5 photos per author can be submitted digitally, longer page max. 1900 pixels, 300 dpi

Remuneration: for 1-3 places per category
– youth category: up to 16 years
– open category, anyone can apply

Jury, announcement of results December 10, 2021

– guided fragrance garden walks every day from 2:00 p.m.
– thanksgiving tree every day between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. (visitors can write on paper and hang on a designated tree what they owe to the Great Forest) With a

zoo entrance, both program elements are free of charge.

Joint program with the Nimrod Round Forest Association: “Our historical heritage is agar farming” with lectures and demonstrations (coursing *) with the participation of several greyhounds.

One of the highlights of the Great Forest Week is the Szabó Magda Picnic. As part of this, the public art project begins.
In the summer of this year, the General Assembly of the City of Debrecen named the promenade crossing the Nagyerdei Park from Magda Szabó, Honorary Citizen of the City of Debrecen. The aim of the program is to display the writer’s work and literary figure with works inspired by Magda Szabó, or to refer to one of the most important stages of her life.
The first element of the visual image of the Szabó Magda promenade was undertaken by sculptor Erzsébet Szilágyi. The work shaping the doorknob of the Great Church is planned to mark it between the two gates of the park, and will be placed on the section of the promenade facing the main building of the University of Debrecen.
In addition to the installation, the teachers and students of Medgyessy design “Magda Szabó and Debrecen” themed graphics, from which a flag is made for the candelabra placed along the promenade.
The professional work is also assisted by the staff of the Museum of the Reformed College in Debrecen, as well as the accompanying texts related to the project.


If you love nature, are interested in flora and fauna, you are a bit of an amateur diver, you will like it. We show the difference between a snail and a mussel, that the butterfly and the butterfly are not the same, the sea urchin has nothing to do with the hedgehog sizzling in the garden, and the artichoke is not a bird.
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