What is a geopark?
A geopark is some sort of a nature park that focuses on geology and combines different objectives. It is a clearly defined, larger area in which visitors can learn about the significance of the geological subsoil for the forming of the region.
The Geopark Volcanic Region Vogelsberg wants to make the fiery past visible and experienceable. It is also important to know how the geological history shaped the region, the development of human, his culture and nature.
The Geopark team
The Geopark Volcanic Region Vogelsberg was founded in 2012 as a registered association. The mayors of Amoeneburg, Homberg (Ohm), Ulrichstein and Schotten form the board. District Administrator Manfred Goerig is chairman of the association.
On the way to the geopark
In 2009, the Vogelsberg district, the Wetterau district and the city of Schotten commissioned the "Vogelsberg Volcano Region Development Concept". The aim was to present the possibilities for the creation of a geopark "Volcanic Region Vogelsberg".
The contract was awarded to the cooperation e.t.a. & Abraxas from Thuringia. After a thorough analysis of the existing potentials, they created a development concept and a first broschure, which presented the goals, organisation and sights of a possible geopark. The concept met with considerable public and political interest. Especially in the Vogelsberg district, the decision was made to drive the project forward. The project was supported by the Vogelsberg Section of the German Volcanological Society e.V. (DVG).
The volcanic region
The volcanic region of Vogelsberg covers an area of over 2500 km² and thus 5 rural districts with over 50 towns and municipalities.
Comprehensive and lengthy planning work for the creation of a geopark therefore followed the preparation of the development concept.
At the beginning of 2011, the Vogelsberg district commissioned an implementation concept. Structures for the financing and organisation of the geopark were to be outlined. Due to the manifold possibilities offered by a geopark - not only in the tourism sector - many mayors of the volcanic region were pleased to participate. The district administrator of the Vogelsberg district, who was newly elected in November 2011, also declared his willingness to drive this interesting and promising project forward.
The Geopark Volcanic Region Vogelsberg was finally founded in 2012 as a registered association.