Pähni Nature Centre

Pähni Nature Centre is the centre of RMK Haanja–Karula Recreation Area. The forest opens its wisdom and riches to those who come with an open mind and serious interest. In Pähni visitors can spend useful hours in the Nature Centre, recreation facilities and study trails either with a tour guide, on their own, or a combination of the two. We offer several prepared study and interest programmes, and also premises for organising independent nature studies.
PhoneTaavi Tatsi, Head of Nature Centre
+372 5691 0529
E-mailpahni.looduskeskus@rmk.ee
Opening hours1 September to 14 June Wed to Fri, 11.00-16.00
15 June to 30 August, Mon to Sun   11.00-18.00
Type of objectNature Centre
Parking facilitiesParking area at the Nature Centre.
Amenities
  • Free campaign programmes for schools and kindergartens in winter, spring and autumn;
  • Paid nature education programmes;
  • Information materials and information on Haanja–Karula Recreation Area and other RMK recreation areas;
  • Camping in tents for max 50 people;
  • Possible to have a picnic and make campfire;
  • Forest and nature events;
  • Possible to rent the hall for nature events; max 3 hours, 13 EUR per hour.

Exhibitions:
  • Flight of Butterfly
The new exhibition “Flight of Butterfly” was opened on 1 July 2011.
Butterflies are a part of our summers. People generally like butterflies – they do not sting or bite. At the same time, butterflies are interesting insects. There are thousands of them, each have their own habits, food and wing pattern, each even have their own name as given by people. Yet each have six legs, which makes them insects.
The exhibition displays more than 40 butterflies, including a few rare species.
Butterflies are indicators of the status of the area, i.e. the more butterfly species live in the area, the more diverse is the plant community there and the better is the environmental status.
Camping facilities yes
Outdoor fireplace yes
Wheelchair accessibility yes
Hiking options yes
SightsThe Nature Centre is in Haanja–Karula Recreation Area. In Pähni visitors can spend useful hours in the Nature Centre, recreation facilities and study trails either with a tour guide, on their own, or the combination of the two.
Winter accessibilityOpen all year round
LocationPähni village, Varstu municipality, 66116 Võru County.
Driving directionsOn Võru–Valga road (Road no. 67), 30 km from Võru, turn left at the Matsi junction (when coming from Valga, turn right at 50 km from Valga, follow the sign “RMK Pähni looduskeskus 6”). Drive 6 km to Pähni village. Pähni Nature Centre is the first building to the left of the road.
Geographic coordinatesLong-Lat WGS 84
latitude: 57.631338
longitude: 26.770285
L-EST 97 x: 6391091 y: 665464