Visit to “Quinta Ecológica da Moita", a Living Laboratory in Aveiro


During the visit to QEM we will have the opportunity to enjoy the Moita woods, a mixed forest dominated by common oak, cork oak, black willow, laurel, among other species.

Going through their interpretive trails we will make stops by the lake, the network of ponds, the waterline, the Mandala Pedagogical Garden and the Educational Apiary.

We will emphasize the local herpetofauna, being that the QEM ponds are part of the project “Charcos com Vida” and are being monitored, holding activities for schools and general public and actions of “Ciência Viva” biology in summer. QEM developed Herpetília project together with students of the Department of Communication Design and Art AU, challenging them to create useful and educational objects to improve the Human-Animal relationship.

We will also visit the home of property caretakers, built in 1827, being recovered for the Environmental Education Center, and the Bambuzal space.


About QEM

The “Quinta Ecológica da Moita” results from a partnership between ASPEA and SCMA aiming at boosting, by the ASPEA, the Environmental Education in the Moita wood owned by SCMA, supported by an annual activities program.



Our mission is to contribute to more environmentally conscious citizens, conducting active work for the formation of this more ecological and healthy awareness through contact with nature. Come and meet this small crude diamond so close to the center of Aveiro.


What is EMF | What will you be able to find the QEM | Coordination team | Supports

The “Quinta Ecológica da Moita” (QEM) results of the protocol signed between ASPEA (Portuguese Association for Environmental Education) and the SCMA (Santa Casa da Misericordia of Aveiro) aimed at boosting, by the ASPEA, Environmental Education activities for the general public, families and schools, in the Moita woods, property of SCMA, supported by an annual program of activities prepared jointly.

The QEM encompasses a 15 ha agroforestry area containing the Moita wood, the Environmental Education Center (former house of the property caretakers) footpaths, pedagogical Mandala garden, family, community and business gardens, pedagogical apiary, ponds network, waterlines, Picnic Park and dry bathroom. Also is being developed the pedagogical Renewable Energy Park and the Herptilia project, for a better relationship between man, amphibians and reptiles, in partnership with the Department of communication and Art of the University of Aveiro.

The high biodiversity present in the mixed forest of oaks, cork oaks, bay trees, willows, among others, its size and 6km proximity to the center of Aveiro confers importance to this place as a refuge for wildlife conservation and as a unique space in the region , combining Environmental Education, promotion of science, research, arts, leisure and contemplation.


Coordination Team

  • Joaquim Ramos Pinto - Pedagogo e investigador I Presidente da ASPEA
  • Bernardo Conde - Eng. do Ambiente I Fotógrafo de Natureza e de Viagem I Educador Ambiental I SCMA
  • Ana Jervis Cunha - Eng. Zootécnica I Educadora Ambiental I Apicultora I ASPEA



  • Apiário Pedagógico: Harald Hafner de A Abelha Azul I
  • Rede de charcos: Charcos com
  • Hora do Conto: Helena Burbuleta
  • Protocol between ASPEA and University of Aveiro:
  • Herpetília - DeCA UA
  • Fauna and flora inventory - “Unidade de Vida Selvagem” - UA


Congress Collaborators

  • Bárbara Santos
  • Inês Bulhosa
  • Isabel Damas
  • Ariana Moutinho
  • Iolanda Rocha
  • Emanuele Fasola
  • Cátia Venâncio
  • Nuno Costa
  • Sara Costa
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