3 Herissons the French Nature Discovery

"Nature is even more marvelous than we thought. Nature strengthens our senses, strengthens our attention and reduces the probability of physical and mental illness. Nature is very important to our community, our family, ourselves and especially our children 。"

Ginger - 3 Herissons

Association des 3 Hérissons translate into three hedgehog associations, it is a non-profit organization specializing in environmental education in Provence region of southern France.

The concept of environmental quality education promoted by the three hedgehogs combines nature education and public wellbeing. 3 Hérissons emphasizes field-based education and uses the surrounding nature to maximize the awakening of the curiosity of everyone toward the environment. In order to encourage children's personal development, we aim to buildout knowledge, artistic enthusiasm, curiosity, community life, assurance in themselves and appreciation to others; we want each child to find inner peace when facing fears, difficulties and competition.

We cooperate with different local environment protection and nature awareness actors for voluntary activities to actively contribute to the protection of the environment. Child will contribute to protect the environment therefore he will understand more about how important nature, community and teamwork are.

who are we


Association des 3 Hérissons translate into three hedgehog associations, it is a non-profit organization specializing in environmental education in Provence region of southern France.

The concept of environmental quality education promoted by the three hedgehogs combines nature education and public wellbeing. 3 Hérissons emphasizes field-based education and uses the surrounding nature to maximize the awakening of the curiosity of everyone toward the environment. In order to encourage children's personal development, we aim to buildout knowledge, artistic enthusiasm, curiosity, community life, assurance in themselves and appreciation to others; we want each child to find inner peace when facing fears, difficulties and competition.

We cooperate with different local environment protection and nature awareness actors for voluntary activities to contribute to the protection of our environment. Child will contribute to protect the environment therefore he will understand more about how important nature, community and teamwork are.









Our Goals

  • Nature Education

Environmental education refers to organized efforts to teach how natural environments function, and particularly, how human beings can manage behavior and ecosystems to live sustainably. The courses mainly happen in South of France in a natural surrounding to inspire sensory and mental awareness and sharpness. Focus on the sustainable relationship between mankind and environment, and natural power to heal children's mental health status.

  • Environmental Conservation Education

We cooperate with nonprofit organizations that are engaged in animal protection, environmental protection and cultural heritage protection in Europe and Africa, with foundations to practice environmental and humanistic protection such as volunteer action. Finally, we collaborate with international non-profit environmental organization and non-profit environmental educator to promote in school quality educational material

Our goal is to encourage and motivate young people to behave, understand, protect and get along with their natural environment. We also want our children to learn how to use in a comprehensible and sustainable way the nature.

organization's mission and scope of work


Statement of Mission and Scope of Work of Association 3 Hérissons

(with information on qualification in matters covered by the Minamata Convention)

Association 3 Hérissons is a French headquartered non-governmental organization dedicated on environment protection and nature education for youth and adults mainly in France and China, through which fulfilling our commitment to contribute towards the achievement of sustainable development and Agenda 2030, as well as fulfilling our education obligations as listed under Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs).

Association 3 Hérissons seeks to:

  • Identify the state of nature and environmental education in France and China
  • Follow scientific, technology and policy progress in nature education, environmental conservation & sustainable development through activities including participation at academic and policy conferences (e.g. Conference of Parties of MEAs)
  • Establish, polish and implement education programs to raise awareness on nature conservation and sustainable development to enhance connection between nature and general public, with a particular focus on children and youth, their parents and teachers
  • Set up training and international exchange projects in France and China to redistribute knowledge and help capacity building in stakeholders about specific skills (e.g. investigation of pollution, wildlife watching and conservation, eco-life style).
  • Work with other stakeholders and partners to enhance access of general public, particularly children and youth, to environmental education that is rich, meaningful, and relevant to their needs

On areas of:

  • Sustainable development & Agenda 2030
  • Chemical and waste management, including Persistent Organic Chemicals (POPs), heavy metals (e.g. Mercury), plastics, ozone-damaging chemicals, electric and electronic wastes and chemicals in consumer products etc.
  • Environmental pollution and health
  • Climate change
  • Biodiversity and wildlife conservation (e.g. conservation work on wolf & bison in Europe)
  • Ocean conservation
  • World Heritage Sites

The mission statement and scope of work above could be found on our official website: https://3herissons.webnode.fr/a-propos-du-parc/

Our current syllabus of the "Introductory Course towards United Nations, Sustainable Development, Global Policy Mechanisms and Negotiation for Teachers - With a Focus on the Environmental Pillar of Sustainable Development" as well as nature courses (i.e. Nature Knowledge & Nature Observation, Nature Interaction, Nature Conservation, Nature Art and Nature Philosophy )

Updates of news relevant to science, technology and policy development (e.g. MEAs and national policies) are posted on our website: https://3herissons.webnode.fr/news-/. Mercury is a subsector of our chemical and waste work. We aim to and have started following its progress on science and policy development, which have been included in our previous education trips[L2] , in our syllabus, and relevant news have been pasted on our website as an extra channel to raise public awareness. We have started some initial dialogue with some observer civil societies registered under the Minamata Convention (for example Dr Kuepouo Gilbert from CREPD has provided his kind help with our registration documents preparation). In order to better equip ourselves so that better education programs could be provided in the future, we hereby seek first hand participation experience at Minamata COP and further collaboration opportunities with the secretariat, Parties, IGOs and other stakeholders in this community to achieve synergistic effect towards the objective of Minamata Convention to protect the human health and the environment from anthropogenic emissions and releases of mercury and mercury compounds.

Li Yedan - President