Natuur 2000, the Flemish Youth League for the Study of Nature and Environmental Conservation, was founded in 1967.Set up by and for youth, its aim is to encourage young people to take part in nature study, make them more environmentally aware, and ultimately to contribute to nature and environmental conservation. If you have any questions, please contact the Natuur 2000 secretariat in Antwerp. Friendly, English-speaking staff will be glad to answer your questions...Tel.: 0475/29.04.87 E-mail:


Natuur 2000 is an organization designed for young people between the ages of 12 and 25. The members organize a whole variety of activities involving nature and the environment. These activities include: excursions, nature study, actions concerning environmental conservation, slideshows and film evenings. Natuur 2000 also organizes study and workcamps during the short and long vacations. Through these nature camps, we encourage young people (from Belgium and abroad) to participate actively in nature study or to give a helping hand in the conservation of a nature reserve.The workyear is concluded with a congress in late December.

For more information on our activities and camps, go to Algemeen and Fort van Oelegem



With subdivisions and centers spread throughout Flanders, Natuur 2000 is suitably placed when it comes to intervening in regional as well as external environmental problems; some of the actions taken are as follows; measuring the level of acid rain, anti-oil-pollution actions at the coast, actions concerning disposable packaging, preventing the export of pesticides to the Third World, our work-group Tropical Rainforests,…



In order to strengthen the link between the members, Natuur 2000 publishes a publishes a newletter, containing articles dealing with  nature and environment, as well as birdsightings, book reviews, travel accounts and all sorts of short news items.



Since 1984 Natuur 2000 has managed its own nature reserve- the Fort of Oelegem; located just outside of Antwerp. During the winter it serves as a hibernating ground for a great number of bats. Surrounding it lies a large nature reserve where interesting bird species have found sanctuary. In order to make the public more aware of the importance of preserving this natural site, an informative pathway was opened. Each year from June to September, Natuur 2000 also organises bat information evenings in the fort premises.



In addition to all these activities, Natuur 2000 also possesses a great deal of information (much of it in English!) available to non-members. Books can be borrowed and are handy for use at school,in writing speeches and essays, etc.



If you want to become  a member of Natuur 2000,  you might send us an e-mail message (  and make a deposit of € 10.