Summer Workshop at the Old Airport

Project info

Umwelt-Exploratorium e.V. (U-X)
Headquarters Frankfurt
founded: 1994
19 members, thereof 10 honorary members

Location: Hangar at the old airport Frankfurt-Bonames

Built by US forces and used as field airfield until 1992
From 2002 renaturalized by the city of Frankfurt to a nature and recreation area
In 2003, the hangar was developed by U-X into a learning station for children and young people

Project: Summer Workshop at the Old Airport

The Summer Workshop is a project in the Aeronauts’ Workshop in the small hangar at the Old Airport. The annual summer vacation offer enables children and families in Frankfurt am Main and the surrounding area to participate in innovatively mediated environmental and cultural education and promotes environmental protection.

Our sponsorship
Co-financing of the costs for this project (€ 5,000) per year
Funding period: 2022 and 2023

Doing ingenious experiments and learning new things during the summer vacations – that’s what the Aeronauten-Werkstatt summer workshop stands for. As in times before Corona, the Umwelt-Exploratorium e.V. offers an exciting program around scientific topics like flying, driving, moving on four weekends for all those who stay at home during the summer vacations.

The Aeronauten workshop in the hangar of the old Bonames airport is the venue ( The events will take place on four weekends during the Hessian summer vacations. The dates and information are available on the U-X homepage:

The project operator

The environmental exploratorium registered association sets with its work primarily within the range of the environmental education. This also includes democracy education and artistic-aesthetic education as essential components. The work with refugees currently represents an additional field of activity and concern of the U-X.

The goal of the association is to sustainably promote the environmental awareness and social participation of each individual participant. Founded in 1994 by graduates of the Offenbach University of Applied Sciences, the U-X has been developing and initiating learning and research formats for children, young people and adults for many years.

In addition to a whole series of workshops and events in the Aeronauten workshop in the hangar in Bonames and the Aquanauten workshop on the banks of the Main in Niederräder, the U-X offers children and young people in daycare centers and schools the opportunity to deal with environmental topics in a solution-oriented manner with loanable “workshop” cases (e.g. climate suitcase, passive house).

Summer Workshop at the Old Airport

The summer workshop is a participatory educational program for children accompanied by at least one adult, which enables an intensive examination of natural phenomena and encourages environmental protection. The aim of the workshop is to open sustainable educational opportunities for the participants in this confrontation and in actively grasping and understanding the processes and through their own actions.

At the same time, the offerings are intended to strengthen the participants’ respect and appreciation for nature through new knowledge and experiences and to awaken an awareness of their need for protection. Participation is open and free of charge; the workshop is open to children with educational backgrounds as well as children from educationally disadvantaged households. It is also barrier-free.

The summer workshop is offered on four weekends during the Hessian summer vacations. In 2022 the topics were Bird Kites, Water Rocket Car, Fly and Rotor Crane. This year, it is about Wind & Energy, Flight Seeds / Strategies of Plants and Looking at the Beaks of Birds / Evolutionary Adaptation.

In workshops designed for specific target groups, participants actively and concretely experience the special features of the objects and natural processes they study through their own research and design.

Till Hergenhahn, Head of Aeronauts Workshop

Why we are committed to the project

We already mentioned during our first sponsorship project how much the objectives and commitment of the Umwelt-Exploratorium e.V. association appeal to us.

The summer workshop has been a continuous vacation offer of the association for many years and is important for many families in Frankfurt. Due to the Corona pandemic, many free educational opportunities for children have been cancelled. For this reason it is important to create spaces for sensory experience and thus enable children to engage in educational processes of a special kind. This project also awakens sensitivity for nature and awareness of its protection.

We are happy to support this project and the commitment of the Environmental Exploratorium.


The actors of the summer workshop are also planning workshops for 2024 to address the issues of climate change and threatened biodiversity. We would like to support this important work for the future of our children with further funding projects.