The State Memorial and Natural Preserve "Museum-estate of Leo Tolstoy "Yasnaya Polyana"
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International Ecological Volunteer Camp at Yasnaya Polyana


On July 31 – August 14, 2018 the 3rd International Ecological Volunteer Camp took place at Yasnaya Polyana. Eighteen volunteers from 19 to 57 years of age participated in it. In addition to Russian participants from Tula, Moscow and Moscow Region, Voronezh, and Severodvinsk, we had volunteers who came from France, Italy, Serbia, Spain, Mexico, and South Korea. Photos >>>

During two weeks, our volunteers gathered and stored under the tent 14 tons of hay; dug out 50 holes for planting young fir tree saplings in the Podkapustnik section of the forest (as part of the preparation for the autumn stage of restoration of the historic forest); and gathered 10 large piles of brush wood in Podkapustnik, Plotsky Ravine and Arkovsky Ravine. The volunteers also worked at the historic Greenhouse at the estate, and weeded flower gardens near the Yasnaya Polyana Hotel. In free time, they had walks and guided tours; they visited the Tolstoy House, the Kozlova Zaseka railway station, the Tolstoy family cemetery in Kochaki, and various sights in Tula. The museum’s folk arts department organized floristry and ceramics workshops for them.

The international volunteer camp is one of the programs offered by the Yasnaya Polyana Museum to volunteers along with one- and two-day programs as part of the Museum Volunteer Camp project. Since the project was launched in 2013, volunteers have dedicated over 10,000 hours of their time to working at Yasnaya Polyana. It means that every day during the whole season 2 or 3 volunteers participate in the preservation of Yasnaya Polyana – one of the most precious sites of the cultural heritage of the peoples of the Russian Federation.

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