The Lotan Park
The Lotan Park operates under the auspices of the Tzell Hatamar Non-profit Association. It is an experiential ecological education center that focuses on recycling, organic gardening, and alternative building as modern Jewish “Mitzvot” based in traditional Jewish texts and sources. Educational visits at our center can run from a 2-hour introductory tour, to a series of visits, to workshops of 1-3 days. Programming is done for groups from schools - kindergarten through high school ages and for families and adult groups, including senior citizens.
The center has three main educational aims:
- To encourage programs’ participants to “think green” by increasing awareness of a variety of environmental issues through fun and experiential programming;
- To empower participants to believe that their individual actions have meaning and consequence for the state of the environment, and in general;
- To connect these issues to a modern, living Jewish and Zionist identity through the use of appropriate Jewish sources and texts.
Highlights at the Center include:
- Noah’s Ark – a whimsical playground built of used tires, garbage and local earth;
- Captain Compost and His Compost Educational Corner, splendid organic vegetable gardens and orchards;
- The Living Dome – a geodesic dome covered in vine where guests are served organic herbal tea cooked in a solar oven ….. and more!
- Birdwatching Park - Our partnerships with the Jewish National Fund, The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel and Birding International will expand and develop our Birding Park to over 30 acres within the next several years. The park will be irrigated by recycled waste- water from the kibbutz dairy processed biologically by constructed wetlands.