Särghaua Earth Science Centre
The education centre is located in Pärnu county, Vändra rural municipality, Kurgja village, in the heart of the historical Särgava farm. In the last decades, Särghaua has been an important soil investigation centre in Estonia. Collections of unique rocks, minerals, mineral resources, fossils and drill-cores, which belong to the Institute of Geology at TUT at present, are stored here. Thus, Särghaua Education Centre is focussed on teaching and introducing the rich values of the Earth and, in broader terms, of inanimate nature.
The education centre comprises a unique rock laboratory–workshop, a microscopy classroom and, in addition to this, numerous modern equipment for measuring and observing the environment. The provision of education on inanimate nature relies on the competence of TUT researchers and teaching staff, thus enabling to carry out exciting and practical courses both, for students and for adults. The main purpose is to increase interest of the society in the processes of inanimate nature, geological sights, mineral resources and new environmental technologies. The outdoor learning infrastructure, the Pärnu River and the surrounding diverse nature offer plenty of possibilities for environmental observations. The education centre includes a 60-seat auditorium and accommodation facilities have been constructed for the visitors with an aim to promote environmental education.