Back in 2004, we heard about an old house on the Bloke Plateau in Slovenia. On a sunny winter day, with temperatures well below zero and over a metre of snow, we arrived in the small village Metulje. This house was what we were looking for, and it became our new home. When spring finally reached the plateau, we found that the meadows behind our house turn in a colourful carpet of flowers. These meadows inspired us to name our ecotourism brand Nature in colour.
A decade later we are still greeted by the same stunning meadows every summer, but tragically, we also watched similar places disappear. Experiencing these rapid declines of nature, made us realise that biodiversity cannot be taken for granted. To preserve it, we need more than formal designations as protected areas: we also need people who are passionate about nature. Our nature tours are about sharing our passion with you.
Nature in colour was created by Jana and Paul, the two principal guides and wildlife tour organisers. We grew up on different ends of Europe, but are we still amazed at how similar our experiences are. Both of us like to walk through wet meadows, one tends to look a bit more up (Jana) and the other a bit more down (Paul), so together we see more.
Paul is from the Netherlands, the most densely populated country in Europe, a landscape which is almost entirely man-made. Because he grew up there, Paul can still look at a straight ditch between fields as if it is an attractive place to search for animals. But, when he first came to Slovenia in 1998, he immediately fell for the natural landscapes found here. >> More
Jana grew up in southern Slovenia and sometimes still takes flower-rich meadows for granted. Her visits to the Netherlands, however, taught her that ecosystems are fragile and nature can be lost forever. She always loved the Slovenian landscape, and having seen its vulnerability, she now appreciates it even more. >> More
Back in 2003, we established an NGO, Institute Symbiosis, to work on various nature conservation and education projects in Slovenia. It was then just a small and logical step to ecotourism.
Through the years, we came to realise that the disconnection of people from nature is one of the biggest threats to nature. Modern life, often bound to cities, offers few opportunities to enjoy the beauty of nature. In 2015, we set ourselves on a new mission – to reconnect people with nature. As our goals are tightly linked with nature conservation, we decided to develop ecotourism within our existing NGO and obtained licences to be a tour operator. Since April 2016, we also have the status of a social enterprise, which underpins our commitment to environmental and social goals and well-being of local communities.