The Culture and Leisure Sector has three divisions: the Culture Division, the Sports Division and the Youth Division. The Youth Division operates a network of over 60 facilities around the city, which youth organizations and groups can reserve for their use.
Around 40 of the Youth division facilities are youth houses and among them are community centers, media space (Hattumedia), Gloria Cultural Arena, motor garages, Children’s Traffic Town, domestic animal farm (Fallkulla), Nature House, rock workshop, Adventure House, summer camps and islands.
This website is a hub for environment, nature, and adventure related services and activities provided by the Helsinki City Youth Services.
What we offer
We offer experiences of the natural world through our nature school days, events, camps, and courses. We also provide facilities for young people and youth organizations for their own activities and camps.
The activities we provide include classes and workshops ranging from eco-cooking to natural cosmetics; gardening; climbing, paddling and other adventure education activities; camping; jewelry-making; nature photography; and taking care of animals.
The main goals of our nature and adventure activities with youth are:
- close relationship to nature: developing a personal relationship to the nature in us and around us. We believe that we will only protect what we love.
- environmental awareness: becoming more informed of the environmental problems of our global world. We can only find solutions for these issues when we more fully understand the causes.
- environmental action: having the knowledge, confidence, and means to take positive action on environmental issues
Our nature & adventure facilities
We offer our facilities to youth groups, organizations and school groups. For Helsinki-based youth groups, organisations and public schools, using our facilities is free of charge. For groups, organisations and schools based outside of Helsinki (as well as Helsinki-based private schools), we charge a fee (see reservations).
Bengtsårin leirisaari – Bengtsår Camping Island
Granön leirisaari – Granö Camping Island
Laajasalon nuorisotalo – Laajasalo Youth House
Meriharjun luontotalo, Uutelan kämppä – Meriharju Nature House, Uutela Cabin
Pauligin huvila – Paulig Villa
Seikkailutalo – Adventure House
Vartiosaaren kesätoimintakeskus – Vartiosaari Summer Activity Centre
Östersundomin leirikeskus – Östersundom Camp Centre
Fallkulla Domestic Animal Farm
Kumpula School Garden
Luuppi Jewellery Workshop
Munstadi.fi is the Helsinki Youth Division’s webpage. There you can find leisure-time facilities, hobbies, events and tips for young people in Helsinki. MunStadi offers opportunities to influence matters and organize activities in Helsinki.