Kiidjärve Nature Centre

Kiidjärve Nature Centre is in Kiidjärve–Kooraste Recreation Area in Kiidjärve village, on the scenic bank of the Ahja River. The aim of the centre is to guide both young and older visitors to the natural rarities of this beautiful area so that the forest and nature would open up their secrets to the interested observer. For this purpose, the Nature Centre has been given the wonderful landscape of Põlva County with its famous outcrops, the kingdom of wood ants in Kiidjärve, the Valgesoo bog, and other valuable assets of nature and cultural heritage.
Nature education is provided with the help of visual aids at the Nature Centre, on special study and hiking trails, information is shared on paper and boards and during events and competitions.
Phone+372 676 7122
E-mailkiidjarve.looduskeskus@rmk.ee
Opening hours1 June to 31 August, Mon to Sun 10.00–17.00
1 September to 31 May, Wed to Fri 11.00–16.00
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 Kiidjärve–Kooraste Recreation Area and other RMK recreation areas;
  • Possible to visit the exhibition and the library of the Nature Centre;
  • Possible to organise thematic and study days in Kiidjärve Nature Centre and on nature study trails;
  • Forest and nature events.
Camping facilities Nearby is Sõnajala campfire site and Palojärve campsite (12 km).
Wheelchair accessibility yes
Hiking options Nature Centre is on the Peraküla-Aegviidu-Ähijärve hiking route. Nearby is Roiupalu study trail,  Kiidjärve-Taevaskoja-Kiidjärve hiking trail, Valgesoo study trail, Laari forestry study trail, Kiidjärve Wood Ants Trail.
SightsThe Nature Centre is located in Kiidjärve–Kooraste Recreation Area, Kiidjärve village, on the bank of the scenic Ahja River. The wonderful landscape of Põlva County with its famous outcrops, the kingdom of wood ants in Kiidjärve, the Valgesoo bog, and other valuable assets of nature and cultural heritage.
Winter accessibilityOpen all year round
Additional informationPayment in cash only.
RestrictionsThe Nature Centre is located in the Ahja River Valley Landscape Protection Area, for restrictions imposed in Protection Area please read here.
LocationKiidjärve village, Vastse-Kuuste municipality, 63604 Põlva County.
Driving directionsDrive from Tartu towards Põlva along Põlva–Reola road. 10 km before Põlva at the Koorvere junction turn left towards Kiidjärve. Continue 4 km along Akste–Häätaru road (Road no. 18138). 1 km after the Kiidjärve Park bus stop there is a large parking area to the left of the road. This is the parking area of RMK Kiidjärve Nature Centre/information point. Follow the signs to Kiidjärve Nature Centre.
Geographic coordinatesLong-Lat WGS 84
latitude: 58.139568
longitude: 27.019477
L-EST 97 x: 6448282 y: 677791