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Naturparkhaus forest competence center Heidhof

In the RVR Ruhr Grün forest competence center Heidhof are the forest base Kirchheller Heide with the focus: forest, wood, forest, hunting and game. Wilderness education is primarily dedicated to recreation. There are also numerous events, workshops and guided tours on natural topics. The environmental education station welcomes school classes from grade 5 upwards as an extracurricular place of learning.


Offers im Naturparkhouse

Im Naturparkhouse forest competence center Heidhof there is a child-friendly and interactive permanent exhibition on the topic "Forest - Tree - Wood".


Offers am Naturparkhouse

The Forest Competence Center Heidhof is a popular destination in the Kirchheller Heide for Cyclists and hikers, several hiking routes meet here and the farm invites you to take a leisurely break. Children can let off steam in the large forest playground.
With excursions and workshops for people of all ages, we provide guests with exciting insights into the connections between ecology, economy and society. The program highlights include the autumn festival and the “Wild & Weihnacht” Christmas market. All year round, visitors can look forward to game and wood sales. You can arrive on foot or by bicycle, but you are not allowed to drive there by car.



With excursions and workshops for people of all ages, we provide guests with exciting insights into the relationships between ecology, economy and society. There are regular guided tours and workshops with the herbalists at the Heidhof on topics related to wild herbs, venison and the history of the Heidhof. Can also be booked as a single event outside of the program.

We strive to introduce people of all ages to the biodiversity of our native nature. To sharpen your eye for what is worth protecting and the astonishing. To guide them so that they internalize the careful handling of nature.

For school classes: via the environmental education station from grade 5 and via wilderness education e.g. B. as an accompanying program for the hiking day

Program - highlights: Autumn festival and the "Wild & Christmas" Christmas market at Heidhof



Arrival options:


By car: (parking facilities) Please do not drive to the Heidhof. In accordance with the State Forestry Act of North Rhine-Westphalia and the StVO, the paths to the Heidhof Forest Competence Center are closed and may only be used with a special permit (with the exception of bicycles and wheelchairs). The city of Bottrop checks compliance with the regulations on a daily basis!

Parking is only available at the Kletterpoth car park (arrival via Dinslakener Straße, turn opposite the entrance to the Schwarze Heide airport), from here the Heidhof is within walking distance

Hikers and cyclists - excursion destination on designated hiking trails / bike routes


Contact details:

RVR Ruhr Grün, Forest Competence Center Heidhof, Zum Heidhof 25, 46244 Bottrop


Phone: 02045 - 4056-0


Opening hours:

Daily from 10.00 a.m. to 19.00 p.m. (outdoor area and courtyard)

Office / information: Monday - Friday, 10.00 a.m. - 14.00 p.m. by phone or email

Exhibition: April - October Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 11.00 a.m. to 17.00 p.m.

Kiosk: April to October, daily from 11.00 a.m. to 19.00 p.m.

Barbecue facilities: April - October, daily 10.00 a.m. - 19.00 p.m. (registration required)

Game sale: by arrangement (pre-order)

Wood sales: Fridays from 13.00 p.m. to 16.00 p.m.


Click here for the digital themed trail for schoolchildren:

Around 1900, farmers steadily increased their cultivation areas in order to be able to feed the growing population in the Ruhr area. At the same time, in order to protect rare animal species such as the moor frog and some dragonfly species, some of these areas were placed under nature protection and designated as the "Kletterpoth". This area was one of the first nature reserves in NRW:

The starting point of the biparcours is the Kirchhellener Heide with its large forest playground and the Heidhof, which Werner Gahlen and his colleagues take care of. Here are tips on what you can do with plants from the wayside... and, above all, which ones taste really good.

The biparcours offers many interesting tasks and information about the history of the heath and its inhabitants. Clever tips and tricks from herbal expert Gahlen transform the ordinary walk in the forest into an exciting and instructive experience.


  • Download the free BIPARCOURS app:
    Apple Store, Google Play Store, APK file
  • Open the app.
  • On the app screen, select "Scan Code" and point the camera at the launch guide code. You will be automatically taken to the start screen of the course.

For information: The use of the Biparcours app is reserved exclusively for pupils.



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