An exceptional site : Franchard
It is the first ecotourism centre in Ile-de-France, in the heart of the forest of Fontainebleau, the best known and most visited in Ile-de-France. The forest of Fontainebleau was the first protected natural area in the world (classified as an "Artistic Reserve" in 1863), the founding place of the first international environmental authority in 1948 (International Union for the Conservation of Nature). More recently, the forest and its famous sites were part of the territory recognised by UNESCO in 1998 as the Biosphere Reserve of Fontainebleau and Gâtinais within the framework of its international program "Man and the Biosphere".
The ecotourism centre
- informs visitors about all of the natural, cultural and historical sites accessible to the public near the forest and throughout the Ile-de-France, to better distribute the tourist flows and prevent significant human impact on-site.
- guide nature and outdoor recreation enthusiasts to other Ile-de-France sites that offer the best conditions for their practices.
- to make visitors aware of the fragility of natural environments and the preservation of landscapes, flora, and fauna
- to enhance landscapes, nature discovery tours, and the approach of eco-responsible and sustainable tourism.
o be discovered
Visitors to the Franchard ecotourism centre are invited to discover the exceptional nature of the environment in which they wish to experience their recreational activities. In order to make this public aware of the fragility and special needs of the environment, the centre offers a range of educational tools.